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.
People experiencing 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]