Occupy Providence to Vote on Day-Center Proposal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Activists with Occupy Providence are expected to vote on a counteroffer from the city on the opening of a homeless day center the protest movement has made a condition of its departure from a city park.

The protesters are expected to take up the proposal at their General Assembly meeting Wednesday evening.

City officials and Occupy protesters have been negotiating over the details of a possible day center to be located at Emmanuel House in south Providence. There is an existing emergency winter shelter there.

Occupy Providence narrowly voted last month to suspend its overnight encampment at Burnside Park if the city opened a facility to serve its homeless population during the day.

City officials in October demanded that the activists leave the park, but they refused.

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