If you have friends or family in the area, staying with them may be a convenient temporary option for housing immediately upon release. But there are pros and cons to this arrangement. It is important to have the social support that family and friends can offer. They may provide temporary stability and know of good resources needed for your successful reentry. But remember, if you are under supervision after release, your probation office will need to approve your housing and may conduct home visits. And if you plan to stay with someone who is renting, make sure your stay does not violate the guest policy in their lease agreement. If you plan to stay with a friend or family member, just plan ahead to make sure you and your housing host understand all the consequences.
Shelters are not a stable option but if you find yourself homeless, most shelters offer a free bed and shower for one night, sometimes multiple nights, but space is limited. If you are homeless and in need of temporary shelter in Rhode Island, you must call the Coordinated Entry System (CES) to access shelter.
The CES Hotline number is (401) 277-4316. This hotline is operated and managed by Crossroads Rhode Island. CES staff will conduct an assessment and try to locate shelter for you for the night. However, finding a space for you is not guaranteed.
Transitional housing programs are temporary programs that offer housing and services for otherwise homeless people. Keep in mind they usually have requirements you have to meet before you can move in, and there are usually waitlists. Some of transitional housing is reserved for special populations such as homeless moms with young children, victims of domestic abuse, those recovering from addiction, or veterans. For more information about veteran’s housing, go to: https://www.providence.va.gov/services/homeless/.
Below is a partial list of social service agencies in Rhode Island that offer temporary housing.
Location: 460 Pine Street, Providence Phone: 401-272-0220 Website: https://www.amoshouse.com/
Crossroads Rhode Island
Location: 160 Board Street, Providence Phone: 401-521-2255 Website: https://www.crossroadsri.org/
McAuley House (for single moms and their children)
Location: 622 Elmwood Ave, Providence Phone: 401-941-9013 Website: https://www.mcauleyri.org/
House of Hope (small number of apartments)
Location: 3188 Post Road, Warwick Phone: 401-463-3324 Website: https://thehouseofhopecdc.org/
Lucy’s Hearth (small number of apartments)
Location: 19 Valley Road, Middletown Phone: 401-847-2021 Website: https://www.lucyshearth.org/