Homeless encampment under Pawtucket Interstate 95 overpass swept away
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Any homeless people staying under the Interstate 95 overpass in Pawtucket had to clear out Monday morning, according to a city notice.
On March 25, the city gave the half dozen homeless living under the overpasses near Garden and George streets 10 days to vacate, citing safety and other concerns.
The notice said transportation will be provided to any shelters or warming stations available, including the Cranston Street Armory in Providence.
“It’s unfair to ask people to relocate their encampment when there is no place for them to go,” said Margaux Morriseau, deputy director of the Rhode Island Coalition to End Homelessness. “All we are doing is just moving the chairs on the deck of the Titanic.”
Morriseau explained while this is no longer visible to drivers, the shelter system in Rhode Island is overwhelmed at the moment.
She added, “In January 2022, there were 1,576 people experiencing homelessness in the state of Rhode Island, 1,151 people living in emergency shelters, and 177 people living in transition housing. At that time, we had 248 people living outdoors or in cars.”
The homeless were ordered to leave by 9 a.m.