Jim Ryczek

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General Assembly turns a cold shoulder on the homeless

Rhode Island's itty-bittyness is, of course, a handicap from time to time. But it is also a source of opportunity.
Economics Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 24, 2011

How Rhode Island can eliminate homelessness

Making it a reality is a matter of political will.
The concept is as simple as it is radical: give the homeless a place to live, with no strings attached
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 14, 2010

Our Local Heroes(1)

In the 13th annual edition of the Providence Phoenix’s Best issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
We are all in their debt

Cutbacks loom as need for homeless assistance grows

They're not clustering on the streets, so you may not see them. But right now, Jim Ryczek, executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, says Rhode Island has more homeless people than ever.
Social crisis
By MARION DAVIS  |  April 10, 2009

Housing First proves successful, especially with chronic cases

Take homeless people whose lives are a mess — even addicts, alcoholics, and schizophrenics who won't take their meds — and give them their own apartments, without requiring that they clean up first, get a job, or "behave."
By MARION DAVIS  |  December 17, 2008

Down and out at Thanksgiving

In a time of widespread layoffs, decimated retirement accounts, and uncertainty about the fallout of the ongoing fiscal crisis, downsized requests for help are a sign of the times.
Social needs are rising across Rhode Island, and things will get worse before they get better
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 19, 2008


While the cause of undocumented immigrants has recently taken a primary place in the national public debate, advocates for the homeless hope that a statewide march will focus attention on the problem of people who lack even a place in which to reside.
Statewide march to raise focus on RI’s housing crisis
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 03, 2006