New Providence shelter to house homeless couples

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A state board approved the opening of a new 40-person homeless shelter in Providence.

The shelter would be at 662 Hartford Ave., located near the DelSesto Middle School.

Crossroads Rhode Island has been selected to run the shelter during its duration, with federal funds granting $150,000 for renovation of the property, and $400,000 to Crossroads to run it through April.

Residents would be selected through a process, with Crossroads targeting couples specifically to fill the vacancies.

“So, once were open and up and running, well receive referrals through the coordinated entry system but then included in our plan and our budget is transportation to get folks to the shelter once they’re referred,” Michelle Wilcox, the president of Crossroads, said.

Wilcox added there will be differences between the Hartford Avenue location, and the Cranston Street Armory.

“The building does have working indoor plumbing which is something the armory struggles with so the circumstances are very different,” she added.

The Cranston Street Armory, facing criticisim recently, with complaints of unsanitary conditions. 

Officials say the Hartford Avenue shelter will have more amenities suited for residents staying for a longer duration, but Wilcox emphasized this, and all other shelters, are not permanent solutions.

“No one should be living in shelters long term, our goal is to get people stabilized and out of shelters as quickly as possible,” she added.

The shelter is expected to be ready by the end of January.


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