McKee requests additional resources to help the homeless

This is a photo of tents outside of the Rhode Island State House. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Housing issued a letter of interest to expand availability of 24-hour warming stations and overnight shelters.

Gov. Dan McKee said that he remains committed to investing in programs to assist those experiencing homelessness.

“Providing these resources for 24-hour warming stations and expanded overnight shelter is another step we are taking to reduce unsheltered homelessness throughout Rhode Island,” McKee said.

Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Ana Novais said ensuring warming centers are safe places for unhoused people is crucial to improving the symptoms that come with homelessness.

“Warming centers are the first step in helping folks maintain safe living conditions and connect with necessary supports and services to address health needs and overcome addiction,” Novais said.

Secretary of Housing Stefan Pryor said the LOI is an important reminder of what must be done to meet the needs of those in need.

“We are implementing more of these critical near-term measures while at the same time advancing efforts to build more permanent housing stock in our state,” Pryor said.

The deadline for CHF vendors to submit letters of interest is Friday at 2 p.m.

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