Former Rhode Island Governor Philip Noel has joined the Advisory Board of House of Hope Community Development Corporation, a local private nonprofit organization that provides shelter, housing, and support services for formerly homeless individuals and families.
Born in Rhode Island in 1931, Noel graduated from Brown University in 1954 and earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School in 1957. He served as Warwick’s Mayor for 6 years before taking office as Governor of Rhode Island from 1973 to 1977. While in office, he served on the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association and chaired the Democratic Governors Association. In June of 2010, the Kent County Courthouse was renamed in his honor to The Governor Philip W. Noel Judicial Complex.
House of Hope served over 800 individuals last year, providing temporary and transitional shelter, permanent supportive housing, and affordable rentals and home ownership opportunities, along with client-centered social services to help maintain stable housing. The organization was established in Warwick in 1989 and has grown to become a trusted resource for Rhode Islanders in need of temporary and permanent housing and other critical, lifesaving supports including life skills training, employment training, and mental health counseling—while restoring a sense of community for residents that the stigma of homelessness had stripped away.