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Pawtucket shelter set to close

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By: Melissa Randall

More than dozen homeless adults in Pawtucket will soon have to find another place to go. The shelter that houses them at 85 Slater Street will close once the residents are moved into another program.

The agency took over Safe Haven five months ago after raising concerns about the way the program was going. RI Housing says the Urban League of Rhode Island was unable to maintain it.

The League had been using federal dollars to fund Safe Haven, but last year concerns grew that the program, which provides housing and services for the chronically homeless and mentally ill was not meeting standards. At the end of 2013 the State’s Housing Agency took Safe Haven over.

The agency is now working to place the 17 residents. Once they are moved the property will be closed. No immediate timeline was given for when that will happen.

State and Federal Agencies have been notified of the problems at Safe Haven.

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