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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"
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.
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!
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"
Providence, RI, July 1, 2016
The Board of Directors of Crossroads Rhode Island, the state’s largest provider of services to the homeless, today announced a merger with the Women’s Center of Rhode Island, an organization serving victims of domestic violence. After a formal three-year affiliation, the two organizations have merged into one 501(c)3 organization governed by the Crossroads Board of Directors, and all Women’s Center programs and services have moved into Crossroads’ continuum of care as the Domestic Violence Program of Crossroads Rhode Island.
The Board of Directors of both organizations unanimously agreed to the merger. “This merger represents the coming together of two organizations united in the common goal of empowering vulnerable individuals and families to overcome homelessness and live safe, self-sufficient lives free of violence,” noted Virginia Branch, Women’s Center of Rhode Island Board Chair and Crossroads Rhode Island board member.
By combining the resources of both organizations, this new entity is better positioned to meet the needs of the community.
“By merging, we will improve the quality and accessibility of services to survivors of domestic violence and expand the range of services that support clients as they transition to safety, housing and stability,” noted Jack McConnell, Crossroads Rhode Island Board Chair. “The merger not only enhances and expands the scope of services of both nonprofits, but also provides a larger operating platform,” he added.
From a sample of women who had experienced domestic violence, 38% became homeless after they separated from their abusive partner. An additional 25% indicated that they had to leave their homes during the year following the separation for both safety and financial reasons.
“By bringing an innovative Housing First approach to our Domestic Violence Program, we hope to break the cycle of violence by providing opportunities for supportive, safe housing options for women and children as they transition from shelter,” noted Karen Santilli, President of Crossroads Rhode Island. “We will continue to offer comprehensive, evidence-based programs and services to individuals and families in crisis, such as 24/7 hotline, domestic violence safe shelter, case management, employment support and supportive transitional and permanent housing that survivors want and need to become independent.”
A Domestic Violence Committee of the Board will ensure that evidence-based domestic violence programs and services will continue and expand to meet the needs of clients who have experienced the trauma of domestic violence.
Additionally, Crossroads has applied for affiliate membership with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV), an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence.
“The Women’s Center was one of the founding member agencies of the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1979, and they have been an integral component of the domestic violence movement in our state. We are looking forward to working with Crossroads Rhode Island, and to helping them maintain critical services for victims of domestic violence in the Providence area,” noted Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the RICADV.
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