10 families can soon move into Zambarano ‘cottages’ in Burrillville

BY: - October 3, 2023

PROVIDENCE — A temporary homeless shelter could be opened in Burrillville as soon as this Friday after the State Properties Committee Tuesday unanimously approved a nine-month lease with the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) to move 10 families to the northwest corner of the state. The move comes five months after […]

Study shows need for new 100-bed long-term acute care facility

BY: - May 5, 2023

BURRILLVILLE — A lack of available  hospital beds in Rhode Island leaves patients in need of long-term inpatient care in with two options: get transferred out-of-state or remain at an intensive or critical care unit that could be used for another patient. What’s the cause of this crisis? Brett Johnson, the CEO of the state-run […]

One of the "cottages" the state hopes to repurpose into a temporary shelter for unhoused families. (Christopher Shea/Rhode Island Current)

Burrillville leaders question state plan for unhoused families

BY: - May 3, 2023

Burrillville officials are expressing concerns with the state’s plan to establish a temporary shelter for unhoused families on the campus of the Zambarano unit of Eleanor Slater Hospital. Amid pressure to find emergency housing as the Cranston Street Armory in Providence closes this month, the Department of Housing hopes to move up to 30 people […]

Could three empty dormitories in Burrillville help solve the state’s emergency housing crisis?

BY: - May 2, 2023

Tucked away in the northwest corner of Rhode Island sit three brick dormitory buildings a short walk from the calm waters of Wallum Lake in Burrillville. They are unoccupied now, but in recent years, they housed teens in need of rehabilitation and families looking to isolate and quarantine themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Housing Secretary […]