June 23, 2014

82 Smith Street

Summer at the Rhode Island State House
by Tom Sullivan

Tom Sullivan '15 is working for the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless through the iProv Summer Internship Program.

  • When I began my internship for the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless,  I expected to spend most of my time on the second floor of 1070 Main Street in Pawtucket.  That simply was not the case.  Over the past three weeks I have split my time evenly between the red brick renovated warehouse on Main Street, and the, at times, blindingly white Rhode Island State House, cut from Georgia marble.
    When I began my internship for the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, I expected to spend most of my time on the second floor of 1070 Main Street in Pawtucket. That simply was not the case. Over the past three weeks I have split my time evenly between the red brick renovated warehouse on Main Street, and the, at times, blindingly white Rhode Island State House, cut from Georgia marble.
  • The Coalition has two major roles during the legislative season.  Those who are involved in policy, lobby the floors of the House and Senate everyday, while every Wednesday the Coalition and its allies carry out Project Homeless Connect, offering food and other services to constituents.  As an intern, I do a little bit of everything.
    The Coalition has two major roles during the legislative season. Those who are involved in policy, lobby the floors of the House and Senate everyday, while every Wednesday the Coalition and its allies carry out Project Homeless Connect, offering food and other services to constituents. As an intern, I do a little bit of everything.
  • Constituents collected bagged lunches at the Connect on June 4.
  • Roan.
  • The Salvation Army offered free lunches during the last Connect.
  • A constituent who goes by the name, "Turtle," puts on his new belt.
  • Associate Director Karen Jeffreys and the team of interns enter the floor of the Senate to lobby in support of the state budget for the coming fiscal year. Article 12 provides a permanent stream of funding for housing rental subsidy vouchers through a real estate conveyance tax.
  • Rep. Larry Valencia speaks in support of the budget on June 12. He wore a sticker that I designed with the help of Sam Howard, a communications associate at RICH.
  • The budget passed both the House and the Senate with the funding provision intact.

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