Providence’s homeless population calling for change

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Kennedy Plaza is the city’s main transportation hub, with busses consistently coming in and out, bringing people to where they need to go. But many have found themselves in Kennedy Plaza, with nowhere else to go.

They’re living on the streets, sleeping on busses, and being told there’s no room for them at local shelters.

According to Crossroads RI, each year in Rhode Island, nearly 4,000 people experience homelessness. The number of people living on the streets has even increased by 52% since the pandemic.

Many now are pushing for change.

“I think that the city can do more for the humans without homes, and the humans that are in need,” said Angelique Dina.

Pamela Sivo and Michael Procaccianti have been homeless since July. Since then, they’ve found themselves in an unprecedented situation in Kennedy Plaza.

“Every time I call, they say the shelter is full,” Procaccianti told ABC 6 News. “I’ve been on the phone with them since June, before we lost our apartment.”

The pair are looking for affordable housing, or open beds at a local shelter.

Friday, Gov. Dan McKee and the Department of Housing announced they’re putting $9.5 million into expanding resources for housing stability, in hopes residents like Pamela and Michael can find a place to call their own.

I’m just hoping he (McKee) can help out in any way he can.”

Resources for those struggling can be found by visiting crossroadsri.org or by clicking here.

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