As advocates for the homeless press the General Assembly to maintain funding for the 10-year-old Neighborhood Opportunities Program, which has provided for some 1200 affordable housing units in the last decade, I take a broader look in today's Phoenix at the push to end homelessness in Rhode Island.
Ending homelessness might have seemed a fantasy a decade ago. And there are, as I write, plenty of obstacles remaining. But Rhode Island has a relatively small homeless population. And after decades of failure, advocates say they have finally landed on a real, tested solution. All that is required, they say, is the political will. Dig into the story to learn how we might finally meet one of our great moral challenges.
We've also got an interesting piece on how Apple, once the good guy to Microsoft's bad guy, has taken on a darker hue. There is a story on a new microlending program in Providence, aimed at immigrants and small-scale entrepreneurs, that has won the attention of Bill Clinton. And I've got a look at the fate of Sound Session, the capital city's own Mardi Gras, in the wake of financial trouble at its long-running sponsor: the Providence Black Repertory Company.