Jim Ryzcek

RI News
9:16 am
Wed December 10, 2014

New Data Released On The State's Homeless Population

Last month, hundreds of volunteers fanned out across the state to survey the state’s homeless population. They checked shelters, walked the streets and combed the woods; seeking out homeless residents and asking questions about their health and needs. The data were then compiled and analyzed by homeless advocates. Jim Ryczek executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless shared what they found with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch.

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RI News
9:18 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Comprehensive Survey Of Rhode Island's Homeless Begins This Week

Starting Monday hundreds of volunteers will fan out across the state to take a comprehensive count of the homeless. The goal is to understand their housing needs, and end homelessness in the state by the end of 2016.

They’ll check the shelters, walk the streets, and comb the woods seeking out the homeless, and asking a series of questions about their needs. Once the data are compiled, Coalition for the Homeless Executive Director Jim Ryczek will have a grasp on who needs immediate help.

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RI News
8:35 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Vigil Highlights Struggles Of The Chronically Homeless

A vigil is planned Monday evening for two women who died homeless, within days of each other, in the same cemetery. The vigil is meant to memorialize the women and prevent more such deaths.

Wendy Tallo and Irene Weh were both chronically homeless. And both women were found dead in Grace Church Cemetery in Providence, just recently. Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless head Jim Ryczek  says a candlelight vigil at the cemetery will not only honor the women’s lives.

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Economy
9:20 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Advocates Applaud Legislation Protecting Tenants After Foreclosures

Thanks to legislation that passed the General Assembly, banks in Rhode Island will not be able to evict renters in properties they’ve foreclosed on. That is, unless there’s just cause or until the property has been bought by a new owner. Rhode Island Coalition for the homeless head Jim Ryczek said the new law will protect people who might otherwise have nowhere to go.

“When the economy tanked in 2007-2008, the shelter system saw more than a 300 percent rise in the number of people coming in and naming eviction as one of the issues that caused them to be homeless.”

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Homelessness
9:27 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Homeless Population Most Vulnerable During Unpredictable New England Winters

We’re in for a wild week in the weather department.  The forecast is for rain today with a high of 48. But by tomorrow the high will plunge into the teens.  One population that is most vulnerable during these cold snaps is the homeless.

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Local Features
7:41 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Rhode Island Nonprofits Feel the Squeeze

Harrington Hall, the state's largest homeless shelter, has been struggling under reduced finding an increased demand for service.
Credit Flo Jonic/RIPR

It’s hard to turn on the news these days without hearing about another nonprofit in financial trouble.  Advent House – the state’s first homeless shelter – is without a director because it can’t afford one. John Hope Settlement House is bleeding $30,000 a month. And the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence has laid off a third of its staff.

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RI News
11:16 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Remembering the homeless who have died

Stained glass window at Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
Credit courtesy CathedralProvidence.org

A service was held in Providence Wednesday to honor all the homeless people who died in 2012.
The service was held at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. The names of 44 individuals were read and candles were lit in their memory.  A 45th candle was also illuminated in case they missed anyone.

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