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Harrington Hall Fails Inpsection

The state's largest homeless shelter failed a recent state inspection.

Harrington Hall failed a recent state inspection due to leaky roofs, holes in the showers, electrical problems and other maintenance issues.

As a result, advocates for the homeless say it's time to move the state's largest homeless shelter out of Harrington Hall and into another location.

According to WPRI, the 88-bed shelter was found to have numerous violations. Jim Ryczek, executive director of the RI Coalition for the Homeless said another place that could serve as a shelter is the nearby former Gloria McDonald women's prison, which was emptied when a new building opened earlier this year.

The state's chief of the Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission, Michael Tondra, said the state can make the repairs.

But Ryczek isn't so sure.

The shelter is "not an acceptable place to house people," he told the Providence Journal.

The shelter has been a point of interest for many Cranston residence, since it houses many registered sex offenders and former inmates who have just been released from prison. There has been a chorus of voices from residents of Cranston who have been asking the state to move the shelter somewhere else.

Suzanne Arena September 19, 2012 at 01:50 PM
FULL ARTICLE in Providence Journal states: Advocates for the homeless ay state official have promised to move the sex offenders outside the city if Harrington Hall moves to another Cranston site. [end] REALLY.......Is this another ACLU fight in the making that the Sex Offenders will fight??. There is NO STATE LAW saying that Sex Offenders are barred from Homeless Shelters. What is going on???
Andy Cuff September 20, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Please know wnhat you are talking about. The state is movingthe sex offenders
Jeffrey Barone September 20, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Suzanne, Great job last night. You really brought the community together and it looked like everyone was on the same page. Also, to Mayor Fung, Chief Palumbo and Councilman Favicchio and Donahue
laura October 09, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I don't know but they need to do something with the people that are offenders and drug/alcohol addics if we give them an easy road to free stuff how are they going to change. We need to come up with a better solution not enable these people. This will never go away, smart in up out there....

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