• Reed Joins Oyster Farmers at 2016 Ocean State Oyster Festival

    Reed Joins Oyster Farmers at 2016 Ocean State Oyster Festival

    9/17/2016 — 

    Senator Reed attended the 2016 Ocean State Oyster Festival, where he sampled local oysters and spoke with local oyster farmers about current conditions in Rhode Island’s growing aquaculture industry. Reed has worked over the years to secure federal funding to help the state’s oyster farmers grow their businesses, and in 2014 he helped deliver $182,000 in funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the University of Rhode Island (URI) to study the effects of food-borne disease outbreaks on Rhode Island’s oysters.

  • Reed Serves Lunch to Local Homeless Veterans During 24th Annual Operation Stand Down RI

    Reed Serves Lunch to Local Homeless Veterans During 24th Annual Operation Stand Down RI

    9/17/2016 — 

    Senator Reed helped serve lunch to local homeless veterans as part of the 24th Annual Operation Stand Down RI (OSDRI) at Diamond Hill State Park in Cumberland.  Each year, OSDRI sets up a military-style encampment during the three-day event and helps veterans connect with needed services from federal, state, and community agencies on site.  Since 2013, Senator Reed has helped secure over $1.3 million in federal appropriations for OSDRI to provide at-risk and homeless veterans with housing, job training, and supportive services.

  • Reed Visits Volunteer Program for Homeless RI Veterans

    Reed Visits Volunteer Program for Homeless RI Veterans

    9/16/2016 — 

    Senator Reed joined members of the community and volunteers from the Home Depot Foundation’s Team Depot program to improve YWCA Rhode Island’s Gateway to Independence Transitional Housing Facility in Providence.  The volunteers participated in a variety of hands-on projects such as painting and flooring the facility.  Gateway to Independence is the largest transitional housing program in Rhode Island for veterans that is sponsored by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) and helps provide transitional housing and services to homeless Veterans, such as case management, education, and counseling.  As the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD), Senator Reed recently helped deliver nearly $6 million for Continuum of Care (CoC) grants for Rhode Island homeless assistance programs, as well as $60 million for HUD-Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) to provide housing for 8,000 homeless veterans nationwide.

  • Reed Announces $4.6 Million to Help Restore Narragansett Bay & Neighboring Watersheds

    Reed Announces $4.6 Million to Help Restore Narragansett Bay & Neighboring Watersheds

    9/16/2016 — 

    Senator Reed joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Curt Spalding and others to announce the recipients of $4.6 million in eight federal grants focused on coastal watershed efforts in southeast Rhode Island and Massachusetts, funded through EPA’s Southeast New England Program (SNEP).  The grants will fund regional efforts in areas such as water monitoring, watershed planning, nutrient and/or septic management, and resilience to climate change.  Senator Reed, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, led efforts to establish and fund the SNEP for Coastal Watershed Restoration and included $7 million for the program in the fiscal year 2016 omnibus package.

  • Reed Welcomes HUD Secretary Castro to RI to Highlight New Initiatives to Reduce Lead-Paint Hazards in Homes

    Reed Welcomes HUD Secretary Castro to RI to Highlight New Initiatives to Reduce Lead-Paint Hazards in Homes

    8/31/2016 — 

    Senator Reed welcomed U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro to Providence to meet with state and local leaders, public health experts, housing officials, and environmental advocates to discuss new initiatives to better protect children and reduce the threat of lead exposure in Rhode Island and nationwide. They also toured homes where federal lead abatement funds have been put to work cleaning up lead pain and other hazards that harm children’s health.

  • Reed Helps Break Ground on New Citizens Bank Campus in Johnston

    Reed Helps Break Ground on New Citizens Bank Campus in Johnston

    8/31/2016 — 

    Reed joined the rest of the Rhode Island delegration, state leaders, and officials from Citizens Bank at the groundbreaking for Citizen Financial Group's new 420,000-square foot campus in Johnston. The campus will house 3,200 workers of the state’s 5,000 total workers, collaborative work spaces for them, and dining and fitness facilities.  It is expected to be completed by July 2018. 

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