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By GILLIAN FLYNN
Associated Press Writer


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Advocates for the poor set up three tents =
outside the Statehouse Wednesday as a last-minute pitch to draw =
attention to the state's overcrowded shelters.=20

They are upset that the budget proposal passed by the House Finance =
Committee does not include $5.1 million for more affordable housing. The =
House is slated to vote on the budget Friday and then the proposal goes =
before the Senate.=20

The number of homeless people in Rhode Island increased 16 percent in =
1999 from the previous year, according to Catherine Rhodes, housing =
coordinator for The People to End Homelessness.=20

As a result, Traveler's Aid Society in Providence is overflowing with =
people who have no place to sleep even though the social service agency =
was never intended to be used as a shelter.=20

``There are women and children sleeping on the floor because there's not =
enough beds. It's shameful,'' Rhodes said after a Statehouse rally where =
lawmakers were booed by a small crowd.=20

The current budget proposal still includes $250,000 for 14 additional =
shelter rooms, Rhodes said.=20

Advocates like Bill Flynn, of the George Wiley Center, say affordable =
housing is virtually extinct in Providence and other Rhode Island =
cities. He says even though there is a strong economy, people are still =
struggling with part-time, minimum-wage jobs.=20

``I'm tired of coming up here and testifying that affordable housing is =
the biggest problem facing more people in this state,'' Flynn said at =
the rally.=20

This is not the first time the groups have set up tents. In November, =
they wrapped themselves in blankets and slept on the Statehouse lawn.=20

When asked how long people will be staying in the tents this time, =
Rhodes said indefinitely.=20

The groups pitched their tents outside after they were told by security =
they could not set up near Gov. Lincoln Almond's office inside the =
building.=20


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outside the=20
Statehouse Wednesday as a last-minute pitch to draw attention to the =
state's=20
overcrowded shelters. </P>
<P>They are upset that the budget proposal passed by the House Finance =
Committee=20
does not include $5.1 million for more affordable housing. The House is =
slated=20
to vote on the budget Friday and then the proposal goes before the =
Senate. </P>
<P>The number of homeless people in Rhode Island increased 16 percent in =
1999=20
from the previous year, according to Catherine Rhodes, housing =
coordinator for=20
The People to End Homelessness. </P>
<P>As a result, Traveler's Aid Society in Providence is overflowing with =
people=20
who have no place to sleep even though the social service agency was =
never=20
intended to be used as a shelter. </P>
<P>``There are women and children sleeping on the floor because there's =
not=20
enough beds. It's shameful,'' Rhodes said after a Statehouse rally where =

lawmakers were booed by a small crowd. </P>
<P>The current budget proposal still includes $250,000 for 14 additional =
shelter=20
rooms, Rhodes said. </P>
<P>Advocates like Bill Flynn, of the George Wiley Center, say affordable =
housing=20
is virtually extinct in Providence and other Rhode Island cities. He =
says even=20
though there is a strong economy, people are still struggling with =
part-time,=20
minimum-wage jobs. </P>
<P>``I'm tired of coming up here and testifying that affordable housing =
is the=20
biggest problem facing more people in this state,'' Flynn said at the =
rally.=20
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<P>This is not the first time the groups have set up tents. In November, =
they=20
wrapped themselves in blankets and slept on the Statehouse lawn. </P>
<P>When asked how long people will be staying in the tents this time, =
Rhodes=20
said indefinitely. </P>
<P>The groups pitched their tents outside after they were told by =
security they=20
could not set up near Gov. Lincoln Almond's office inside the building.=20
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