Major Rennovation Set For State's Largest Homeless Shelter

Aug 19, 2013

The state’s largest homeless shelter is about to get a badly-needed facelift, thanks to the General Assembly. The legislature appropriated one million dollars to upgrade Harrington Hall, a rundown-century-old gymnasium on the grounds of the Pastore Complex in Cranston.

Harrington Hall is in such poor shape they have to move cots and lay down tarps when it rains.  And the roof isn’t the only problem. The 100 or so men who live there night after night share seven toilets, three showers, and have no kitchen.

That’s all about to change thanks to a million-dollar grant from the General Assembly.  Jean Johnson, who runs Harrington Hall for the House of Hope, details the improvements on the drawing board.

"A kitchen, which we do not have right now; laundry facilities which we do not have right now; expanding the bathrooms so there’s a sufficient amount of bathroom, shower space. We’ll have a new heating and cooling system. It’s just about everything that’s on or wish list," said Johnson.

Johnson says only the roof will be ready for this winter. The other improvements will take until at least next summer to complete.

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