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.

4,000+ People Served

Crossroads provides housing and housing-related services to over 3,000 people each year.

52% Increase

The number of individuals living on the street increased an alarming 52% during COVID-19.

700 Households

In 2020, over 700 households found or maintained their housing during the height of the pandemic thanks to generous donor support.

Nearly 100 Individuals

The number of people who found employment in 2020 through Crossroads’ Education & Employment program.

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.

6 Shelters

Crossroads operates 6 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.

85% of Donations

85% of every dollar raised goes toward providing housing and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Over 100K Rhode Islanders

Nearly 11% Rhode Islanders lived in poverty in 2020.

30% Diverted

Through the Coordinated Entry System, 30% of families in need were diverted from shelter and found safe housing solutions in 2020.