Council of Churches rallies RI to support homeless

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Faith leaders in the state are calling on the religious community, businesses and philanthropists to help address what they say is a shortfall in the number of beds available at emergency shelters.

Rev. Don Anderson, of the State Council of Churches, says people of faith should make donation at their local place of worship or to the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless.

Organizers hope to raise $200,000. This fall, advocates for the homeless reported a nearly 300 bed deficit at state shelters. An emergency shelter task force has arranged for nearly 70 additional beds, but funding is not yet in place to keep them available all winter.

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