The Rhode Island Department of Human Services has declared an indefinite postponement of the planned closure of the Cranston Street Armory warming station, as the state continues to grapple with below-freezing temperatures.
The Providence-based facility, which typically serves as a shelter for the homeless during the winter months, was slated to close on March 31. However, in light of the frigid weather conditions, the department determined that it would be prudent to remain open until temperatures rise and the need for shelter dissipates.
“As temperatures have stayed consistently below 32 degrees, the department determined that it would be in the best interest of those utilizing the Armory as a shelter to keep its doors open for a little while longer,” said Rebecca Boss, the director of the department.
The Cranston Street Armory is one of seven warming centers currently in operation in Rhode Island. It provides a safe haven for those in need, offering warm meals and a place to sleep for those unable to find other accommodation.
The department is also offering additional services, such as access to mental health and substance abuse treatment, to homeless individuals staying at the Armory.
While the department is doing its best to meet the needs of the homeless during this difficult time, Boss stressed that the community still has a role to play.
“We are doing our utmost to ensure that those in need are able to access services and resources, but we need the support of the community as well,” she said.
Boss urged all Rhode Islanders to lend a helping hand, either by volunteering their time at the Armory or donating blankets, food, and other essential items.
The Rhode Island Department of Human Services’ decision to delay the closure of the Cranston Street Armory warming station has been heralded as a much-needed reprieve for the homeless, especially in the midst of this unrelenting winter weather.