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                                    PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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CONTACT PERSON: Catherine Rhodes                         PHONE: (401) =
351-5252

                                       People To End Homelessness        =
    FAX:  (401) 464-8031   =20

                                      131 Washington Street, Suite 306
                                       Providence, RI 02903
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" HOUSING VOUCHERS LEAVING MANY FAMILIES IN THE COLD THIS HOLIDAY =
SEASON"
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PROVIDENCE, RI- On December 21, the first day of winter, at noon, People =
To End Homelessness, will sponsor a picket of the local Department of =
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office at 10 Weybosset Street, 5th =
Floor, Providence, RI.  This action is to remind HUD of their =
responsibility to promote and create permanent affordable housing for =
low-income Rhode Islanders'. =20

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The availability of affordable rental units is at an all time low, yet =
HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) continually issues =
housing vouchers instead of building permanent affordable rental units.  =
A recent report by Citizens' Housing and Planning Association showed =
that out of six public housing authorities surveyed in Rhode Island, in =
four of the six less than 50 percent of families receiving vouchers were =
able to utilize them.  In other words they loose their chance at =
affordable housing due to the lack of a unit that meets the =
qualifications.  HUD continues to give vouchers that in many cities and =
towns are useless due to high rents and extremely low vacancy rates =
(less then 2%).  In some suburban and urban communities low-income =
families with a housing voucher must compete with college students for =
rental units, which further exasperates their difficulties. =20

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In many affluent communities landlords decline to take Section 8 Housing =
Vouchers thus discriminating against low-income families and forcing =
families to seek units elsewhere. =20

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December 21, the first day of winter, at noon, People To End =
Homelessness, will=20
sponsor a picket of the local Department of Housing and Urban =
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Office at 10 Weybosset Street, 5<SUP>th</SUP> Floor, Providence, =
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vouchers instead of building permanent affordable rental units.<SPAN=20
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Planning Association showed that out of six public housing authorities =
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qualifications.&nbsp; HUD continues to give vouchers that in many cities =
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