Each year, about 4,000 men, women and children experience homelessness in Rhode Island. Who are they? And how do they become homeless?

Who are Rhode Island's homeless?

The majority of Rhode Island's homeless population is made up of the working poor. For them, an unexpected bill, illness or job loss is all it takes to tumble into homelessness.

A smaller number are chronically homeless individuals. These individuals typically suffer from multiple mental or physical disabilities and require intensive intervention and ongoing support.

Fortunately, given an adequate supply of affordable housing and appropriate support, more than 90% of those who experience homelessness in Rhode Island each year ultimately achieve self-sufficiency and never become homeless again.

Check out the donor-supported programs and services we offer to help those in need overcome their homelessness.

4,000 People in R.I.

Each year, about 4,000 men, women and children experience homelessness in Rhode Island.

3,500 People Served

Crossroads provides housing and housing-related services to about 3,500 people each year.

40% & 45% High Needs

The percentage, respectively, of individuals and families that Crossroads assessed with very high needs in 2018, putting their lives at risk if they were not provided housing and support.

Over 2,000 People Sheltered

The number of individuals who access emergency shelter at Crossroads annually.

Over 1,100 Housed

The number of individuals and families who were no longer homeless in 2018 thanks to donor support.

430+ Enrolled

The number of individuals who participate in Crossroads’ Education & Employment programs each year.

90%+ Achieve Success

Given an adequate supply of affordable housing and appropriate support, more than 90% of those who experience homelessness each year ultimately achieve self-sufficiency and never become homeless again.

5 Shelters

Crossroads operates 5 housing-focused emergency shelters statewide to be meet our clients diverse needs.

370+ Properties

Crossroads owns over 370 residences statewide.

30-Day Goal

Crossroads strives to move clients out of shelter and into permanent affordable housing within 30 days. Due to the shortage of affordable housing, some may stay for 60-90 days.

$3 Million

The amount that Crossroads needs to raise each year from local businesses, private foundations and generous individual donors.

87% of Donations

87% of every dollar raised goes toward providing housing and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Over 118K Rhode Islanders

118,367 Rhode Islanders lived in poverty in 2018.

35-40% Clients

Percentage of Crossroads clients who report mental health issues.

30% Cost-Burdened

Percentage of cost-burdened households in Rhode Island. Learn more