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Providence City Council Newsletter, March 2023

Celebrating the Women of Providence

March was Women's History Month, and the Council kicked things off with a celebration on March 8, International Women's Day. The evening featured vendors from around the city, a panel discussion, performances, and an award ceremony.

Battling the Housing Crisis

This month, the Council addressed the housing crisis by establishing the Housing Crisis Task Force. On March 22, the group convened for the first time, electing Deputy Majority Leader Mary Kay Harris as Chair and Councilman Pedro Espinal as co-chair. Councilors Graves, Peterson, and Roias are also members.

On March 16, Council President Rachel Miller participated in a conversation on the future of the Cranston Street Armory Warming Shelter. Leaders from around the state addressed the community including Housing Secretary Stefan Pryor.

On March 27, during a special Council meeting, RI Homeless presented the latest data on the state of homelessness.

Engaging the Community

Community meetings are a cornerstone of the City Council. In March, Councilors hosted a total of 6 community meetings across Providence.

Major issues of interest included education and plans for renovations to public schools, a new community electric program coming in May, and upcoming construction at local parks and playgrounds.

Welcoming New and Familiar Faces

City Celebrations

Out and About

Get the Word Out: Easter Egg Hunts

In the News

  • Providence City Council establishes Housing Crisis Task Force (WJAR)

  • Councilors Shelley Peterson, Helen Anthony, Mary Kay Harris reflect on experiences working in politics (Brown Daily Herald)

Events Calendar

The Providence City Council is the legislative body that serves the many diverse communities of the City of Providence. Each council member serves as an advocate for their neighborhood and as a liaison between residents and the various departments and services our city has to offer.

To find your Councilor, click here. Already know your Councilor? Learn more about their work here.

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