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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-27-2021

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©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 27-FEBRUARY 1, 2021 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE ANN MARIE HOWE, of Pawtucket, a library assistant at the Pawtucket Public Library, searches through the library's collection of DVDs to help a patron on Monday. Mixed media PAWTUCKET – Advocates for the homeless in the city say they are making headway toward their goal of providing better solutions to a growing problem. Laura Jaworski, executive director of House of Hope CDC, said this week that the agency is working out final details of the proposed ECHO Village, which stands for Emergency COVID Housing Opportunities, a temporary shelter situation for Pawtucket during the pandemic. House of Hope has now received 10 temporary structures, and will be putting one together for the purpos- es of bringing awareness and fund- raising to the cause of helping the homeless. The goal, said Jaworski, is to be able to house up to 100 people in Pawtucket on an emer- gency basis and in their own little compartments. Advocates really see this as an 18-month solution, she said, and are also looking at longer- term solutions for tiny houses as more permanent homes for home- less people. "It's not the solution, but a solu- tion," she said. "We're working with Mayor Grebien's office to try and get this one step closer to the finish line." The personal shelters from Pallet Shelter are meant as disaster response units, with the Washington- based company partnering with more and more communities to address the issue of homelessness. House of Hope creating temporary shelters for city's homeless By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See HOMELESS, Page 24 PAWTUCKET – COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the city side of the 2020-2021 budget, say officials, while creating an unexpected boun- ty of funds on the school side. Pawtucket's municipal budget is facing a $2.6 million budget deficit, according to a memo from Finance Director Joanna L'Heureux to the City Council. The School Department, which is run autono- mously but within the overall bud- get, is projecting a surplus of about $2 million for the fiscal year ending June 30. "With a likely deficit for the city and a likely surplus for the School Department, and the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus, it is City seeks help from schools after budget deficit revealed By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See BUDGET, Page 14 PAWTUCKET – Eighteen months after Lockwood Development Partners signed a purchase and sale agreement on the former Memorial Hospital property on Brewster Street, the developer has closed the deal with Care New England. Lockwood is planning a hous- ing complex for veterans and an education center, according to an announcement this week from Mayor Donald Grebien and Lockwood President Charles Everhardt. "The city of Pawtucket has long supported the redevelopment of the underutilized former Memorial Hospital site to a project that benefits and meets the community's needs," said Grebien, who originally intro- duced Lockwood officials to repre- sentatives at Care New England, in a statement. "We thank Charles and his team for their transformational vision to bring a veterans' facility and the ancillary economic development that Developer purchases former Memorial Hospital site By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PURCHASE, Page 14 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Does your child like? Robotics • Google Chromebooks Up to date computer room with fiber optic technology Wireless technology throughout the school Strings and Instrumental Music Chorus • Drama • Smartboards • Sports SAINT CECILIA SCHOOL Celebrating over 100 years of Catholic education! Then St. Cecilia School is the only school for you! Accepting Registrations for 2021-2022 Pre-K - Grade 8 Where morals and values meet academic excellence Extended Care is available 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 755 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 401-723-9463 • www.scsri.org • mtetzner@scsri.org JOIN US FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR AT SCSRI.ORG CALL FOR A PERSONAL TOUR

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