In the spring of 2012, the state of Rhode Island endorsed Opening Doors RI, the state's Plan to End Homelessness. The Plan's initial step calls for the state to pay for rental vouchers to move people into housing and out of shelter; saving both lives and money.
Despite the Plan having been endorsed by Governor Lincoln Chafee's own Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Housing Resources Commission, the Governor failed to fund the Plan in his budget. As his Director of Administration described the decision before a House committee, "it's a matter of priorities."
We believe that ending homelessness is a priority that should be funded. Join us in calling on House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed to fund the Plan to End Homelessness in their budgets and have Rhode Island begin the work of ending homelessness.