Three Aquidneck Island service organizations have formed a new partnership. The “HOME” collaboration is comprised of the Lucy’s Hearth Shelter in Middletown, the McKinney Shelter in Newport and the Newport Housing Hotline. The alliance is good news for Newport County residents in need of housing assistance. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded a grant to the HOME collaboration so they would be better able to serve area residents distressed with issues of homelessness or housing insecurity. Jennifer Barrera, a Program Director at Lucy’s Hearth, the organization that spearheaded the group partnership, believes the new collaboration will be a great advantage to anyone requesting services. “Right now, if people need utility assistance they go one place; if they need rental assistance they may to go another, Barrera said. “The HOME program will make it easier for people to gain access to assistance without traveling to several places for assistance.” Continue reading ‘Aquidneck Island new HOME collaboration profiled’
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