“Without enough income, Chris could not afford housing,” said Sheryl Marshall, program director of ACCESS-RI, the Pawtucket agency that oversees emergency shelters in Providence and Pawtucket.
And without housing he could not get sober or land a steady job.
“It was a vicious cycle he was stuck in for years, a cycle that could have been prevented from happening in the first place,” said Marshall, who placed a handful of lilies on the grate where Harrington struggled to breathe.
The problem will soon get much worse, advocates said.
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