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

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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.

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