Goveror Chafee gets more guff today because of his reluctance to help the most struggling Rhode Islanders as housing advocates rally at the State House today, 3pm, to call for more funding to a rental assistance program.
“Because of State cuts to Rhode Island Housing Authority, tenants in seven apartment complexes in Providence, Central Falls and Woonsocket are in jeopardy of losing their subsidized apartments,” according to a press release from the Committee to Save Tenant Housing. “The Governor and other politicians campaigned this year on the Plan to End Homelessness Platform. Yet, 234 households are being affected by this cut back and could potentially end up homeless.”
Chafee has drawn considerable ire of those who advocate for the most at-risk Rhode Islanders.
Two weeks ago the RI Coalition for the Homeless was highly critical of the governor because his proposed budget didn’t include any additional funding to end homelessness in RI.
“The Governor is turning a deaf ear and a blind eye to the needs of the most vulnerable Rhode Islanders,” said Jim Ryczek, executive direcotrt of the Rhode Island Coaltion for the Homeless.”He had the power to do something to alleviate the homeless crisis, to help those Rhode Islanders experiencing homelessness, and instead, he chose to do nothing. I don’t know how he sleeps at night knowing that while he sleeps in comfort there are hundreds of Rhode Islanders who have no place to call home.”