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Providence Journal: At-risk veterans receive care at annual tent city in Cumberland

By Amanda Milkovitz / Journal Staff Writer

Posted Sep 16, 2017 at 9:58 PM

Updated Sep 16, 2017 at 9:58 PM

Some 500 veterans attended the Operation Stand Down/Rhode Island outreach event at Diamond Hill State Park.

CUMBERLAND, R.I. — They served their country — some decades ago, some just recently, and some who deployed again and again.

And when they returned, some of them disappeared into the shadows of society and ended up on the streets, struggling and feeling forgotten by a public that claims to honor its veterans.

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ABC 6: Operation Stand Down Rhode Island celebrates 25 years

Posted: Sep 16, 2017 5:41 PM EDT

Updated: Sep 16, 2017 5:41 PM EDT

By: Chloe Leshner

cleshner@abc6.com

@cleshnerabc6

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WLNE) -- 70,000 veterans are living in Rhode Island, many of them in need of support services like medical, legal or housing. This weekend they can get all of that and more in one place all thanks to Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. "Words can't really describe how we feel about it. It saved our family. It saved our lives," says Keith and Jayme Lewis, a Navy and Army veteran respectively.

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Enterprise: Responding to Storm-Damaged Residents & Communities

Putting Our Experience to Work in a Devastating Hurricane Season

Our nation is bracing itself as another storm of unprecedented magnitude threatens the southern coast of the United States. As we ensure that residents and homes in the area are prepared for Hurricane Irma, Enterprise is also lending its knowledge, experience and resources to meet the immediate needs of families and their communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

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WPRI 12: 100s of RI students are starting the school year homeless. How one shelter is trying to help.

By Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter, Diana Pinzon and Patrick Little

Published: September 6, 2017, 6:00 am Updated: September 6, 2017, 10:04 am

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WPRI) – Hundreds of Rhode Island children are starting the school year without a permanent place to live, forcing them to stay with other families, in motels or in the most dire circumstances, on the streets.

But a homeless shelter in Middletown is working to support families by assisting mothers to find jobs and affordable housing while also trying to keep children from falling off track in school.

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WPRI: Providence will soon have giving meters to help homeless

By Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter

Published: August 7, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Elorza administration is finalizing its plan to install 10 giving meters in neighborhoods across the city as part of an effort to help people in need of housing and other support programs.

Mayor Jorge Elorza first proposed the program last November, but the city is only now laying out a process for donation stations and an online giving portal, according to Victor Morente, a spokesperson for the city.

Morente said installation will begin by the end of the month.

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Enterprise Community Partners: Community Developments: Fair Housing Funds, Airbnb + Rent Increases

  • HUD announced yesterday that it is making $38 million available to organizations to fight housing discrimination through the agency’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). The grants will be offered through three FHIP notices to support a variety of fair housing activities, including fair housing testing in the rental and sales markets, public education efforts, capacity building, and education and outreach. HUD must receive all applications for the grants by September 18, 2017.

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RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty: Youth Count! Survey

Participate in RI's first ever Youth Count

With your help, we can identify and address the needs of young people experiencing homelessness and housing instability in Rhode Island.

Are you 24 years old or younger?

Are you currently experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity?

Please complete an anonymous and confidential Youth Count Survey & receive a gift card.

Survey responses will help us expand funding and available services.

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The Valley Breeze: NeighborWorks wins $200K in AmeriCorps funding

WOONSOCKET – NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley will receive $199,715 through Serve Rhode Island to support 20 AmeriCorps members who will provide housing assistance to economically disadvantaged renter households, many of whom are at-risk for homelessness, and transition them into safe, healthy, affordable housing.

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ICPH: 30 years of homeless student education

This Saturday, July 15, marks the 30th anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Act--the landmark legislation that mandated the removal of barriers to education for homeless children. Today, while there is still much work to do, we've made great strides in understanding more about how homelessness impacts children, and how educators can support them in receiving an education that will lift them out of poverty.

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The Valley Breeze: Homelessness on the rise as rents climb

One city elementary school trying to help its 11 homeless families

By ETHAN SHOREY, Valley Breeze Managing Editor

PAWTUCKET – Three years ago, staff at Cunningham Elementary School knew of just one homeless family at the school. Last year, that number grew to five families. This year? Cunningham is home to students from 11 homeless families.

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