More funds needed for R.I. homelessness plan, advocates say

Homeless advocates say Rhode Island has made progress on its strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness but more funding is needed. A report card from the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless being released Thursday says successes include an increased supply of and access to permanent housing; better collaboration among agencies and providers; some rental voucher funding for the current fiscal year; and an expansion of Medicaid. But the coalition says there must be an attitude shift away from short-term solutions such as shelters to long-term solutions like affordable housing and better workforce development.