To the Editor,
Thank you to the Warwick Beacon and Cranston Herald for your focus on the complexities and need for urgency surrounding Rhode Island’s homelessness crisis (Editorial: In …
To the Editor,
Thank you to the Warwick Beacon and Cranston Herald for your focus on the complexities and need for urgency surrounding Rhode Island’s homelessness crisis (Editorial: In regards to housing, something has to give - March 12, 2023).
At Crossroads, we know that housing is the only proven solution to end homelessness. We also have experience with the barriers that exist in our state when trying to build more affordable housing.
It is reassuring to see Speaker Shekarchi, the General Assembly, and the McKee Administration making housing a priority once again this year.
The Speaker’s new housing package - which was unveiled earlier this month - puts forward solutions that aim to address the complexities, burdens, and barriers that often prevent developments from moving forward. I agree with the paper’s editorial that these new housing proposals on their own will not eliminate all the red tape, but the Speaker’s housing package sends a clear signal that every community has a role to play to end the housing crisis.
The data shows that our economy is stronger when everyone has access to safe, affordable and permanent housing. I applaud the Beacon and Herald for providing our community with comprehensive coverage of this important issue and offering a perspective that champions action on this crisis.
Chief Executive Officer, Crossroads Rhode Island
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