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RI Coalition for the Homeless Praises Affordable Housing Funding in Budget

Sunday, June 08, 2014

 

Advocates for Rhode Island’s homeless have spoken out in support of the budget proposal passed by the House Finance Committee, citing continued dedication to their cause from the General Assembly.

“We are pleased by the House Finance Committee’s Budget and its strong support of homeless prevention and affordable housing efforts in our state,” said Jim Ryczek, Executive Director of the RI Coalition for the Homeless.

“We are thrilled that the House Finance Committee ensured that this year’s budget invests in the long-term solutions to addressing homelessness and the lack of affordable housing in our state,” Ryczek said.  “Through a very modest increase to the fee paid in real estate transactions, the state is creating an ongoing, dedicated funding stream to fund the housing rental subsidy program and homeless prevention assistance and housing retention assistance programs.”

Ryczek called the House Finance budget a "critical step" towards full implementation of Opening Doors RI, the State’s Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.  The  General Assembly is working in cooperation with the Coalition for the Homeless to reach all the goals outlined in the Opening Doors RI plan.

Ryczek also said over 125 Rhode Island residents will move from homelessness to stable housing as a result of last year’s General Assembly policies.

 

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