House of Hope: Harrington Hall

In July of 2009, House of Hope CDC took over management of the state’s largest men’s “overflow” shelter, Harrington Hall.

We have been working to reform the State’s response to chronic homelessness from a passive, perpetual warehousing of homeless persons to an active, forward-looking effort to transform the lives of chronically homeless people to enable them to move into stable housing and productive roles in society. After managing Harrington Hall emergency shelter for 5 years, we are successfully transforming this former so-called “shelter of last resort” to a Rapid Assessment and Rehousing Center.    

Making a Difference

998 individuals stayed at Harrington Hall

81 men left the shelter to move into permanent housing

61 moved to a more stable housing situation and took critical steps to prepare for permanent housing, such as entering inpatient treatment, transitional housing, and other residential programs.

Approximately 450 individuals participated in case management

2015 Construction Plans

The Rhode Island General Assembly approved $1.5 million in Capital Funds to make
facilities improvements to the building this year.

Check back soon for more updates on the project!

Construction will include:

    • a full teaching kitchen enabling us to make our own food every night
    • a garden that will not only provide food for our meals, but will also be
      a training program to learn basic skills
    • a decontamination room
    • an infirmary
    • a new dining room with enough seating for everyone to sit down together
    • new bathrooms with 17 showers and 17 toilets
    • a laundry room
    • an upgrade to the heating and ventilation
    • roof repairs

Day Programs at Harrington Hall

During the day, Harrington Hall hosts comprehensive social services to provide the opportunity for homeless individuals to access case management as well as support and educational groups. The design of this program allows for comprehensive, client-centered and intensive case management such as developing a housing goal plan. In only the first year of Harrington Hall’s day programming, we provided over 700 service transactions, including individual counseling, needs assessment and goal planning, support groups, and services on-site from other social service organizations such as psychiatrists, nurses, and substance abuse treatment providers.

In the Evening

We typically serve 100-120 men each night (more in the colder months) in this 120-bed facility. Shelter guests are provided with a clean and safe place to sleep, dinner, and the opportunity for a shower in the morning. Well-trained professional staff are available to engage shelter guests in services, triage their immediate basic needs, maintain health and safety in the facility, and connect guests with our case management staff.

Generally the shelter is open from 5pm until 7am. At times we open earlier, stay open later, or remain open all day due to inclement weather or excessive heat. In the average year, we provide approximately 35,000 bed-nights and serve nearly 40,000 meals at Harrington Hall.


To learn more, or to volunteer at Harrington Hall, please call us at 401-463-3324.