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On November 21st, Crossroads was joined by local leaders and community members as we celebrated the opening of the newly renovated Whitmarsh House Apartments in Providence!
Whitmarsh House will be operated by Crossroads. The new permanent supportive housing facility will serve chronic homeless individuals and youth ages 18-24.
Thank you to Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Mayor Jorge Elorza, Barbara Fields, Brother John McHale, and our friends and supporters for joining us for this exciting occasion!
In conjunction with the opening of Whitmarsh House, we released our annual Special Report. Each year, Crossroads produces a report focusing on one population or aspect of homelessness in order to bring awareness to that particular issue.
This year, our report focuses on Youth Homelessless. Specifically, we examine the population of unaccompanied homeless youth ages 18-24. This is a population that is often unseen, but has been growing in recent years.
Read more from the Providence Journal!
With the opening of 5 new units at the Harold Lewis House and the release of the Aging and Homelessness Report, Crossroads Rhode Island has recently been featured in various news media outlets.
Providence Journal - "Crossroads Rhode Island: Homelessness among people 50 and over has increased sharply "
Providence Business News - "Crossroads sees homelessness rise among older Rhode Islanders"
RINPR - "A Growing Number of RI’s Homeless Population Is Elderly"
WPRI - "As Non-Profit opens new wing, more elders becoming homeless"
As we welcome 2017, I thank you for all you have done to help Crossroads Rhode Island fulfill our mission of helping homeless or at-risk individuals and families secure stable homes.
Last year was an important one at Crossroads, as we expanded several of our programs and services:
The Domestic Violence Program of Crossroads was established following a three-year affiliation with the Women's Center of Rhode Island.
We completed the renovation of Whitmarsh House, which provides supportive housing for 11 chronically homeless or youth individuals.
We began operating Harrington Hall, the largest shelter for men in the state.
We expanded our Street Outreach Program aimed at providing housing and supportive services to the unsheltered homeless in our community.
Through your support, we help our clients overcome barriers and ultimately help them end their homeless circumstances with stable housing.
On behalf of Crossroads and those whom we serve, thank you for your continued generosity. We could not do it without you. I hope you will continue to join us in our efforts to house our homeless neighbors as quickly, safely, and respectfully as possible.
Karen A. Santilli
President & CEO
Crossroads Rhode Island held a press conference to unveil the 5 new housing units at the Harold Lewis House and to release the Report on Aging and Homelessness.
"They gave me a place to lay my head when I had nowhere to go". Terry, a resident of the Harold Lewis shared part of his story about how Crossroads Rhode
Island, and in particular the Harold Lewis House made a difference in
Crossroads Rhode Island also announced the release of the' "Report on Aging and Homelessness".
With the number of homeless adults over the age of 50 rapidly
increasing and as more elders are becoming homeless for the first
time, there is a need to raise awareness of this growing problem.
Located in the Knowledge Center, the "Report on Aging and Homelessness" provides recent information on elderly homelessness and the ways that Crossroads is providing solutions.
Speakers at this morning's press conference included:
After the speaking portion was finished attendees were invited to tour the new units and take copies of the "Report on Aging and Homelessness"
Crossroads Rhode Island released "A Report on Women and Homelessness" today during an afternoon tea at the State House. The event was hosted by Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts, Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, and Representative Elaine A. Coderre, Speaker Pro Tempore.
Anne Nolan, President of Crossroads Rhode Island, reported that, "we are seeing the pace of homelessness for women growing at an alarming rate: in a ten year period, the total number of unaccompanied men rose by 5% while the total number of unaccompanied women rose by 65%."
Crossroads hopes to raise awareness around the issue of the growing number of women who are homeless and the lack of information and services available to help them. The event was a kick-off for the month-long "Women Helping Women" campaign.
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