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2/26/2021 Media Advisory: Speaker Shekarchi to announce legislative package to address critical housing needs in RI at State House news conference on Monday
STATE HOUSE – House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi will host a news conference Monday to announce a major coordinated effort by the House of Representatives to address housing in Rhode Island.

The event is scheduled Monday, March 1, at 4 p.m. and will be held in Room 35 of the State House or via WebEx. Members of the media may cover in person or by emailing Larry Berman at for a WebEx link.

The event will be livestreamed by Capitol Television at It will also be televised on Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox Channels 15, and 61, in high definition on Cox Channel 1061, on Full Channel on Channel 15 and on Channel 34 by Verizon subscribers.

Speaker Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) will be joined by House Majority Leader Christopher R. Blazejewski (D-Dist. 2, Providence) and Reps. Mia A. Ackerman (D-Dist. 45, Cumberland, Lincoln), John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth), Charlene M. Lima (D-Dist.14, Cranston, Providence), June Speakman (D-Dist. 68, Warren, Bristol) and Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence) to highlight some of their housing legislative efforts.

Among those scheduled to participate are: Paula McFarland, Pawtucket Housing Authority; Jennifer Hawkins, One Neighborhood Builders; John Marcantonio and Carol O’Donnell, Rhode Island Builders Association; David Salvatore, Rhode Island Realtors Association; Melina Lodge, Housing Network of Rhode Island; Cortney Nicolato, United Way of Rhode Island; Karen Santilli, Crossroads Rhode Island; Paul Salera, Westbay Community Action;  and Brenda Clement, HousingWorksRI.

For more information, contact:
Larry Berman, Communications Director for the Office of the Speaker
State House Room 322
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2466