Cranston officials speak out against proposal of homeless units to city

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – Cranston city officials- including Mayor Ken Hopkins- spoke out against the proposal to bring 500 homeless units to the Pastore Complex (state owned landed) on Tuesday.

The units are called Pallet Shelters.

“We have a strong desire to help homeless people but at the same time Cranston has done enough,” Mayor Ken Hopkins said.

Cranston is currently home to the largest homeless men’s shelter in the state, called Harrington Hall.

Hopkins said that shelter alone causes enough problems– added just last week a homeless, registered sex offender was arrested for lewd acts at the library.

Governor Dan McKee and other state officials fired back at the uproar, saying Cranston is just one of many places in the state being considered.
“We’re communicating the need to municipal leaders about what is possible in their communities, I think most people understand that these people need help and we are going to provide that help,” McKee said.
In a statement to ABC 6 News, Rhode Island Secretary of Housing Josh Saal said:
“The Pastore Complex is one of several potentially suitable sites we have visited to explore the feasibility of utilizing Pallet Shelters. All discussions with municipal officials in Cranston and elsewhere have been preliminary, and no decisions have been made.”
The state did not clarify what other locations across the state are being considered.
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