Governor Lincoln Chafee, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be among the dignitaries who gather Monday morning for the dedication of Joyce House – an apartment building for homeless vets. Rhode Island has roughly 270 homeless veterans, but has designated beds for only about a third of them.
Joyce House is a six-unit apartment building on River Avenue in Providence – about a mile and a half from the Veterans Administration Medical Center. Soon it will be home to a dozen homeless vets. And not only will they have a roof over their heads in the form of freshly decorated apartments, they will get all the services they need.
Joyce House is a collaboration of the Veterans Administration and the Providence Center, one of the state’s largest providers of mental health services. Dale Klatzker is the Center’s president and CEO.
"Besides providing housing – really provides wraparound services so that people who need counseling, who need job training, who need access to their VA benefits or medical care, who need to talk to someone who’s farther along in their recovery than they are, who will need housing beyond this point so they could perhaps get their own house somewhere … all the above. So it’s really a comprehensive model," said Klatzker.
Joyce House is named for the late John Joyce – a homeless advocate who co-authored Rhode Island’s first-in-the-nation Homeless Bill of Rights.
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