As a Rhode Islander, I am concerned that there are people in our state without a permanent place to call home. I am calling on you, as my Governor to shut down the state's largest men's night-to-night shelter and replace it with a rapid Triage and Assessment Center to move the homeless out of the shelters and off the streets on the the road to home.
House of Hope Community Development Corporation (HOHCDC) has been providing supportive social services and housing options for homeless individuals and families since 1989 and is well respected among its peers and funding partners for its cutting edge, outcomes oriented approach to ending homelessness. They have a vision for housing the homeless that I stand behind, and hope you will, too.
You can start by approving the move from Harrington Hall to the Gloria McDonald Building
The Harrington Hall Shelter will be permanently closed. In its place a Triage and Assessment Center will be created as a pilot for the Opening Doors RI Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. The Center will serve as a centralized intake center for homeless men and will quickly assess and move the consumer towards programs, services and appropriate housing.
Anticipated outcomes of this move are as follows:
-Decreased population of chronically homeless men formerly housed at Harrington Hall
- Rapid response for those new to homelessness; triage, assess and address the barriers to housing from day one of entry to the Center. Drastically reducing the number of nights listed as homeless
- Reduce the incidents of emergency services by high end users (ER, Rescue, Police, Prison, etc) at a cost savings of public dollars.
- Reduce the homeless daytime street population in urban and suburban communities
- End chronic homelessness in Rhode Island
I believe we can make significant change for all Rhode Islanders. You can get that started.