RI Homeless Encampment update - CALL Gov. Almond

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Tue, 14 Dec 1999 11:25:06 -0800 (PST)


FWD   Fri, 10 Dec 1999 13:39:04 -0500
CC Replies To: Eric Hirsch <ehirsch@providence.edu>

RI HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT UPDATE

People to End Homelessness in Rhode Island is now in its 18th night of
occupying the Statehouse lawn to protest the Governor's inaction on the
overflow at our emergency shelters. We were granted a meeting with two of
Governor Lincoln Almond's representatives. Our demands were that he act to
expand the emergency beds by 50 and more importantly that he agree to a $5
million State Housing Fund that could be accessed to provide permanent
supportive housing for homeless people. Their answer was that they would
"look into" the emergency shelter situation and that they would not support
the creation of a State Housing Fund. That was more than a week ago and we
haven't heard anything from them. We are considering various plans to
escalate our protest. We'd appreciate phone calls to the governor. Ask him
to find a way to expand the emergency beds and to support permanent housing
for the homeless. His phone number is 401-222-2080. Just ask for Governor
Lincoln Almond.

Thanks

Eric Hirsch

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