PROVIDENCE, R.I. --
Anticipating an increased need for socially-distanced emergency shelter
as winter approaches, Crossroads Rhode Island announced the
opening of a temporary emergency shelter with sleeping accommodations
for up to thirty individuals.
homelessness are more likely to contract and suffer severe complications
from COVID-19. In order to provide safe, socially-distanced shelter
space, shelters have had to reduce the number of beds available.
“How are you supposed to ‘stay
home and stay safe’ when you are homeless?” asked Karen Santilli,
President and CEO of Crossroads.
“Opening this temporary shelter
allows us to increase the number of beds available for Rhode Island’s
homeless population right as we are heading into winter, when the
prospect of spending a night without a roof over
one’s head becomes even more harrowing,” continued Santilli.
The temporary shelter is
located at 371 Pine St. in Providence, in a former YMCA building which
has been empty since 2018. Crossroads began renovating the building
earlier this year with COVID Relief Funds awarded through
Rhode Island Housing.
Crossroads expects the shelter
beds to be filled immediately with men and women who are currently
living outdoors or in unsafe places. Once the need for the emergency
shelter subsides, Crossroads plans to develop the
property into permanent, supportive housing.
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Crossroads Rhode Island is the leading provider of housing and services
to those experiencing homelessness in the state. Crossroads strives to
help homeless or at-risk individuals and families secure stable housing.
It's services include housing in more than
370 residences statewide, 24-hour/7-day-a-week emergency services,
education, employment services and case management.
Evan England, NAIL[PR]