Rhode Island to expand homeless shelter capacity this winter

Amos House
Amos House in Providence. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Housing awarded $3.5 million to increase homeless shelter capacity this winter.

The funding will be used to add 231 new beds, allocated to six shelters statewide:

  • Amos House Family Shelter: $1,338,655
  • Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center: $966,870
  • Catholic Social Services of Rhode Island: $20,000
  • Sojourner House: $180,899
  • Thrive Behavior Health: $827,103
  • Westerly Area Rest Meals: $220,103

“Especially as the winter months approach, it is critically important that our community shelters have the capacity to ensure all Rhode Islanders have a safe, warm place to sleep at night,” said McKee.

As of Thursday night, 350 people were sleeping outside in the state, according to Caitlin Frumerie, executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless.

The Department of Housing is expected to announce further awards for shelter expansion in the coming weeks.

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