This month’s Humanitarian Award goes to RI Homeless Advocacy Project (RIHap). Based out of Providence and starting in 2009, RIHap was started with the beliefs that homeless individuals should take an active role in policy making among the shelters and other facilities throughout the state.
They believe that no one knows homelessness better than someone who has or is experiencing homelessness.
They’re mostly known for their peer-to-peer advocacy, as they walk the streets at night to find people who may be sleeping outside on a cold night. They find a way to get this person the help they need or a bed to sleep in for the night.
They have taken an active role in keeping NOP in the budget and helping with the passing of the hate crimes law.
They have weekly meetings on Fridays at 10am at the Matthewson Street Church.