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ADVOCATES FOR the unhoused say Rhode Island's "Homeless Bill of Rights" should have protected those camped out on the Statehouse lawn last month when Gov. Daniel J. McKee ordered them removed from the grounds. A Superior Court judge sided with McKee. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Does ‘Homeless Bill of Rights’ need an update?

Rhode Island’s adoption of a “Homeless Bill of Rights” may have won state leaders praise when it was passed in 2012, but the weakness...

ACLU, student advocate group pen letter opposing body cameras on school...

PROVIDENCE – A coalition of nine groups focused on students and civil rights, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island Inc., have released...
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ASSISTANCE: Rhode Island Legal Services staff attorney Brian Furgal, Roger Williams University School of Law student Nicole Palmer, center, and RWU faculty member Eliza Vorengerg operate the Eviction Help Desk outside Sixth District Court at the Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence.
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Housing crisis putting eviction law in spotlight

Most of Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s peers at Harvard Law School weren’t interested in eviction defense work. The pay was low. Elorza, who worked...

United Way of R.I. to celebrate community champions

PROVIDENCE – At its upcoming 96th annual Celebration event on Oct. 12, the United Way of Rhode Island will honor multiple community champions who...
HALLWAY LAW: Troy Lange, staff attorney for the Housing Law Center at Rhode Island Legal Services, works at the Eviction Help Desk outside District Court in Providence, ready to help low-income tenants unfamiliar with the legal proceedings. / PBN PHOTO/MARC LAROCQUE

At court, tenants facing eviction find ‘heartbreak hallway’

The third-floor hallway of the Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence was choked on a recent Thursday morning with tired-looking families, upset mothers with baby...

Cox puts out call for nominations to nonprofits for Tech Boost...

WEST WARWICK – The call for nominations is on for the Cox Communications Inc. Tech Boost program, which offers $30,000 in grant money to...

Cox Tech Boosts program grants nonprofits needed technology tools to meet...

WEST WARWICK – Cox Communications Inc. has announced the latest recipients of its Tech Boosts program, which distributes grants to nonprofits dedicated to investing...
THE UNITED WAY of Rhode Island has awarded $4.5 million in grants to 72 local nonprofits to help stem racial inequality in the state.

United Way of R.I. awards $4.5M in grants to organizations promoting...

PROVIDENCE – As part of the United Way of Rhode Island’s five-year, $100 million plan to create transformative change in the Ocean State, the nonprofit...

Five Questions With: Jennifer Wood

Jennifer Wood is the executive director of the Rhode Island Center for Justice, a Providence-based nonprofit that provides legal services for residents with low...

Bill filed to halt evictions; Ruggerio says a crisis was looming...

PROVIDENCE - Sen. William J. Conley Jr., D-East Providence, and Rep. Grace Diaz, D-Providence, filed legislation that would implement a moratorium on evictions and...
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