Newport, Rhode Island
The GLR Campaign recognizes Newport, Rhode Island, as a 2016 Pacesetter for prioritizing children and families living in public housing.
Newport, which has the highest percentage of affordable housing in the state, had made the Newport Housing Authority a key partner in its campaign effort and implemented a number of innovative strategies. Through the Walking School Bus program, community partners, volunteers and university students help walk students to school from nearby housing communities, while also working collaboratively with the Newport Housing Authority to ensure that sidewalks and pathways are clear of snow after winter snowstorms. In 2014, the Newport coalition also increased the number of summer meals sites from seven to 13, all in or near public housing. As a result, summer breakfast meals served rose from 1,268 to 9,130 and lunch meals increased from 9,293 to 17,729 from 2014–16. Activities, games and stories are always coordinated with meals to provide entertaining and enriching learning opportunities for children.
The coalition also used targeted outreach efforts to ensure that children participate in high-quality early childhood, before-/after-school and summer programming.