Fund Rhode Island's Plan to End Homelessness
  • Petitioned Lincoln D. Chafee

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Governor of Rhode Island
Lincoln D. Chafee

Fund Rhode Island's Plan to End Homelessness

    1. Petition by

      Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless

Rhode Island is facing another crisis in homelessness this winter. For the past three years, our emergency winter shelter system has been underfunded and overwhelmed by the amount of Rhode Islanders in need. This year, with an even greater number of Rhode Islanders needing shelter in the winter months, funding for for our emergency winter shelters will run out in early winter, just as the coldest months of the year arrive.

This year should be different. In the past, this crisis has been bandaged over by last-minute fixes and the generosity of our fellow Rhode Islanders. But this year, the State of Rhode Island has Opening Doors Rhode Island; the State's Plan to End Homelessness. The Plan can end this annual winter crisis once and for all. Instead of facing a crisis we know is coming year after year, we should devote our resources to stopping it in its tracks.

This year, Governor Lincoln Chafee placed an affordable housing bond in his budget that was approved by the General Assembly and passed by the vast majority of Rhode Islanders; a victory we can all be proud of. But affordable housing production alone won't take people off the streets, and it won't shelter those who are living in hastily-built tents or under bridges this winter.

We are asking you to join us in calling on Governor Chafee to take the next step and put funding for the Plan to End Homelessness in his new budget. With the Plan funded, we can end these winter crises, and begin providing stable housing for people to get their lives back on track.

Governor Chafee, it's time to fund the Plan and make the work of ending homeless a reality.

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Press Conference on Wednesday the 19th, 10 AM

      There will be a press conference about the strain our emergency winter shelter system is facing this Wednesday at 10 AM. It will be held at Harrington Hall, (30 Howard Ave, Building #58, Cranston; in the Pastore Complex). Everyone who can make it is invited to come.

      Our annual point-in-time count (a count of everyone in the shelter system or on the street on a given night) revealed that there are over 200 Rhode Islanders on the streets, including women, children, and elders. In addition, our shelters report more people than they have beds for, but many take all those they can.

      In the meantime, your help is needed to spread this to as many people as possible, using whatever methods are available; email, social media, conversation if the chance comes up. Your effort is needed to help end chronic homelessness as we know it.

      Also, thank you for your effort so far in getting us to 187 signatures at the time of this post!

    3. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Zubair Syed BRONX, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      because I care about homeless people

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    • MELANIE WHITE MEMPHIS, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      I KNOW FIRST HAND WHAT THE TERROR & TURMOIL OF HOMELESSNESS CAN DO TO A FAMILY.

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    • Thomas Reilly HAMILTON, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      Homelessness should be rare in this country, we have the resources. Let's get it done once & for all.

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    • Susan Brown HAW RIVER, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      We the People are in this together. If One is hurting, the effect can be felt around the Earth!

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    • Judy Smithson MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      Everyone deserves the right to have shelter from the elements. It is a God given right. Teach and help the less fortunate to be self sufficent and be able to one day provide for themselves again.

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