Homeless advocates disrupt RI House


Advocates for the homeless have disrupted a session of the Rhode Island House of Representatives to protest proposed funding cuts to an affordable housing program.

Six people were escorted from the House chamber Thursday afternoon by State House police after refusing to leave.

One was Jim Ryczek, director of the state’s Coalition for the Homeless. Ryczek says he hoped to draw attention to funding cuts to the Neighborhood Opportunities Program. The program funds affordable housing for low-income residents.

A budget proposal scheduled for a vote Friday in the House would spend $1.5 million on the program, down from $7.5 million just a few years ago.

Nearly 200 people protested the cut at the State House earlier Thursday.

State homeless shelters served 4,398 people in 2010.

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