PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The homeless individuals staying at the Cranston Street Armory will have options for housing once the shelter closes Monday, according to Gov. Dan McKee.
In addition to the Motel 6 in Warwick, McKee said Friday the state has secured shelter space in Burrillville, North Smithfield and Woonsocket, though he did not elaborate.
“There are other communities and churches stepping up as well,” McKee said. “We will have shelter for those individuals who want it.”
“It’s still a work in progress,” he added.
When asked for specifics about where shelters were being set up in the communities McKee listed and for how many people, R.I. Department of Housing spokesperson Joseph Lindstrom said Friday “an announcement is forthcoming.”
No announcement had been made as of Friday night.
The Cranston Street Armory was transformed into a 24-hour warming shelter late last year for those experiencing homelessness during the winter months.
The shelter was never meant to be permanent and was originally slated to close in April. The closing date was delayed twice by the state. The Amos House estimates 130 to 150 people currently sleep at the Cranston Street Armory each night.