Advocates push to keep shelter open

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Homeless advocates are calling on Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence to keep open a homeless shelter in the city after its funding ran out.

Emmanuel House, an overnight facility run by the diocese, is typically open only during the winter months. It was scheduled to close in April but an anonymous $20,000 donation kept it open through June.

State Sen. John Tassoni, a Democrat from Smithfield, says it’s important to provide shelter space to the homeless year-round, not just during cold weather.

A spokeswoman for the diocese said Friday no date has been set for the closure, but the diocese is trying to get more funding. She says the shelter is at its capacity of 35 people.

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