For more than 30 years the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless has worked to end and prevent homelessness. On any given night, 325 families and 730 single adults experience homelessness in our home state. From Westerly to Woonsocket homelessness effects all Rhode Islanders and so we work every day to help regardless of town lines.
This summer is the time to turn the tides and make progressive waves to end homelessness, but we need your help.
Questions or concerns can be directed to
Emily Szamocki, Fundraising Coordinator,
How can you help?
There are two ways that you can join #MakeWavesRI:
Donate online or send us a check to
1070 Main Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Ready to Mingle Donor
Sign up to be leader of peer-to-peer donations HERE and raise money on our behalf among your friends, families, colleagues, and strangers!
As you raise money you'll be entered to win prizes as a thank you (many donated from Rhode Island-based businesses you know and love). Prizes TBA.
Why is fundraising important?
“Every dollar is priceless because it means that someone supports our mission enough to make it their own." This is how our Fundraising Coordinator Emily views your donations. It's more than money, it's a way to speak out. To have a voice. To fight back against the status quo that says being homeless is an existence that should be one of silence and shame.
Most importantly, your help means another year spent fighting for all Rhode Islanders right to a safe home
who experiences homelessness?
On any given night 1,055 persons (730 single adults, 325 families) experience homelessness. Annually, 3,242 persons experience homelessness for some period of time.
There are a lot of reasons why individuals experience homelessness, but nearly all of them can be traced to systemic economic instability. Specifically, an inadequate amount of affordable housing, low wages, and high unemployment.
There are a myriad of reasons why individuals or families may need a place to lay their head at night, and there is no way we can understand all of their experiences. Nor should we need to know. What we can understand is that empathy and an open mind can go a long way in holding the space for people to flourish.
During the stay at home order the need for food pantries, shelter beds, all-day services, education supports, and health care access skyrocketed. As summer begins, and our state (and the eviction courts) re-open, the situation will only become more dire. Now more than ever we need to think creatively and work strategically to keep people housed and fulfill our residents needs in this ever-changing landscape.
- Eileen Hayes, President & CEO Amos House (Providence)
Since I’ve been involved with the Coalition I’ve been able to share my own personal experience with others who are going through it. It has been an amazing experience. Now, in my community, I’m looked at as someone who can help others navigate the system. And I don’t have all the answers, but I do my best!
- Wilma Smith
What is the cost of homelessness?
Well, 2-3% of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness incur a disproportionate amount of criminal justice, Medicaid, and shelter costs (~$44,400/person annually).
The cost of homelessness is something closer to a devastating defect on the fabric of our society than it is to a dollar amount. We are currently suffering the effects of a massive wealth gap, and 40% of Americans are only one paycheck away from poverty. If we cannot have compassion and care for those who have not made every single choice with perfect privilege and foresight than we are not truly 401 strong.