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Wednesday morning, Rhode Island Housing announced new grants that have been made to address the homeless issue in the state – their announcement:
Rhode Island Department of Housing Announces $10 Million in Awards to Prevent and Respond to Homelessness
First round of determinations of funding for the FY24 Consolidated Homeless Fund have been issued to 27 service providers throughout the state for shelter and other operations.
The Department of Housing today is issuing $10 million in funding to 27 organizations for 66 projects to provide emergency shelter, street outreach operations, housing problem solving, supportive services, and rent assistance through rapid rehousing. Importantly, the deployment of these resources will reach Rhode Islanders experiencing homelessness across the state and will provide the support many people need to obtain permanent housing.
The funding provided through the Consolidated Homeless Fund (CHF) will allow Rhode Island to maintain its overall bed capacity for shelter, which already reflects a significant increase in beds compared to this time last year. Many of the funding awards include much-needed increases after years of flat funding. In some cases, funding will assist with shelter projects that have plans to transition to permanent supportive housing in the future, such as the Pine Street shelter operated by Crossroads RI.
“As the winter approaches, we are significantly increasing our commitment to programs addressing homelessness in Rhode Island – including the expansion of funding for shelters and services throughout the state,” said Secretary of Housing Stefan Pryor. “We are fortunate that so many strong partners have brought forward such strong proposals. The applicants did well to consider the five new principles for project funding that guided our decisions. Specifically, that we are aiming our resources at reducing unsheltered homelessness, emphasizing permanent housing solutions, offering client-centered approaches, pursuing cost effectiveness, and enabling data sharing and data-based decision making.”
These awards will continue to position the Department of Housing, as it grows to partner with service providers on strengthening their outcomes, to better ensure investments are achieving maximum impact. Contracts with service providers this year will include an increased emphasis on measuring success regarding placements into permanent housing or shelter, helping people access employment and benefits, and recording data in a timely manner. This CHF funding may be used to operate existing emergency shelters, establish new shelter locations, provide case management services, pay rent through rapid rehousing programs, or pursue other related projects.
Today’s announcement is a component of a broader plan to address homelessness and offer shelter services ahead of the upcoming winter season. A media briefing on the McKee Administration’s winter plan will occur within the next two weeks with additional details to come.
This is the first round of decisions through CHF, focused almost entirely on project renewals and existing project expansions; decisions regarding new projects and those submitted under a later deadline will be shared soon. Several of the awards announced today are anticipated to be jointly funded along with other CHF partners.
The 66 funding awards for today include the following:
Rapid Rehousing and Housing Navigation:
Homelessness Prevention, Problem Solving, and Systems Coordination:
This is a developing story
Fall began on September 23rd, 4 days ago
Winter begins December 21st, 85 days from today
As does Ms. DeRosa, I, too, have the same question. Some of us haven’t forgotten that. I see bulldozers and traffic cones on what is now vacant land on Pontiac Ave. One of the old buildings still remains.
It’s impossible to get any information until the deal is done in R.I.
Great news! Let’s get a grip on this important issue.
Rhode Island taxpayers should ask: How much per homeless person is $10 million? Are undocumented persons going to get free housing under these programs?
Mr. Williams, great questions!
I would add another question: Is ‘Pallet Housing’ to be found anywhere within this $10M figure? A subject that has been literally swept under the rug.
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