[Hpn] East Providence, RI - New homeless shelter for families opens - Providence Journal - December 10, 2003

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New homeless shelter for families opens in E. Providence

By Staff Writers - Providence Journal - December 10, 2003

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI - A temporary homeless shelter for up to
15 families has opened in East Providence, Governor Carcieri
announced today.

The shelter on Riverside Square opened Monday. Its hours
will be daily from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m., December through April.

"The recent snowstorm is a sharp reminder that there are
families with young children who are unable to find a warm
place to sleep at night," Carcieri said in a statement.

The building is being provided rent-free through the Rhode
Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp.

Operating costs will be provided by the governor's office,
the Housing Resource Commission, the Dexter Donation and the
United Way.

The Diocese of Providence has been contracted to staff the
shelter, and Amos House will provide meals.

On Nov. 15, Carcieri announced the opening of a shelter for
homeless individuals at Harrington Hall in Cranston. That
facility will house up to 85 people though April.

Carcieri said he's committed to addressing "the growing
problem of homelessness" in Rhode Island.

"In the short term, we can help by opening shelters to
provide people with a safe haven on cold nights," he said.

"This shelter is part of that effort. Over the long term, we
will need to better coordinate our efforts to tackle the
causes of homelessness."

Last year, 5,440 people sought refuge in an emergency or
domestic violence shelter, an increase of nearly 1,000, or
23 percent, from 2001, according to the Rhode Island
Emergency Food and Shelter Board.

Of those, about half were families seeking shelter on a
night-to-night basis -- the highest percentage of the total
ever. There also were more children than before.

-- With reports from the Associated Press
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