- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Urban League of Rhode Island, struggling with its finances, is planning to shut down its men’s homeless shelter at the agency’s headquarters soon and temporarily close a women’s shelter in Elmhurst.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1hcPOcu ) Belinda Francis, the Urban League’s interim chief executive officer, says she is working with a budget of less than $1 million, compared to $6.1 million six years ago.

She says many programs will be cut and just a handful will survive. She says the nonprofit can’t afford to run the shelters and provide other essential services but she hopes the closing is temporary.

There are about 16 other shelters for the homeless in the city.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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