Cranston City Council to vote on homeless pallet housing proposal

This is an image of the pallet shelters.

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — The Cranston City Council will meet Monday to vote on the resolution opposing pallet housing units being brought to the city.

The resolution was brought to the table after the city administration and council members said Gov. McKee floated the idea  a few months ago, to potential bring the pallet housing to the Pastore Complex.

After a city council meeting last month, the City Council introduced a resolution to oppose the idea. Members of the Cranston Safety Services and Licensing Committee voted in favor of the resolution, 4-3, which asked the state to revoke its proposal.

The resolution was spearheaded by Councilman Matthew Reilly, who believes it’s time other towns and cities in Rhode Island stepped up.

“We already do far more than any other city or town, with maybe the exception of Providence,” Reilly told ABC 6 News earlier this month. “But, for this to be continually something that is put on Cranston — when there are 38 other municipalities — it is just not fair.”

Cranston Mayor Ken Hopkins also spoke out against the idea, saying that Cranston has done enough.

However, councilors in the minority, like John Donegan, held firm that the city should still help in any way it can.

“I’m disappointed in some of the language that is used conflating sex offenders and drug addicts,” Donegan told ABC 6 earlier this month. “As city leaders, I think we need to act with compassion, and I think by bypassing this resolution this evening, we failed to do so in this particular instance.”

Cranston already houses the largest homeless shelter for men in the state, Harrington Hall.

That resolution will head to the Cranston council chambers again at 7 p.m. vote.

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