Housing Insecurity/Eviction Defense


The mission of the African American Ambassadors Housing Group is to engage in a truth-finding process that both gathers and disseminates information about the history of discriminatory housing practices in Providence, the continued imbalance of power between tenants, landlords, and homeowners, and the ways in which BIPOC have been disproportionately impacted by both historical and continuing predatory practices. This information will be used to advocate for and implement more just, equitable housing policies and practices.


    To be a strong voice for BIPOC members of the Providence community in advocating for city and state level equitable housing policies and practices that are data-driven and resident-oriented.

    Values and Principles

    1. We believe that housing is a human right. As such, housing must be affordable and accessible to all.
    2. We commit to continuously centering the needs of BIPOC Providence residents. As such we believe that:
    3. The cost and/or burden of a policy change should be borne by developers
    4. As evidence and data are being gathered, the questions that continue to guide us should come from BIPOC residents
    5. We strive to ensure discussions within the group and our partners remain action-oriented.
    6. We commit to making data-driven decisions.
    7. We value the efforts of other advocacy groups and seek to coordinate and collaborate.

    On October 6, the AAAG Housing Group, along with the City of Providence, the Tenants Network of RI, and the RI Center for Justice, hosted a Know Your Rights Workshop for tenants.

    Housing Insecurity and Eviction Defense Subgroup Members

    Community Lead: Christian Potter

    Group Members:
    Dr. Dannie Ritchie, Dr. Adama Brown-Hathaway,  Meko Lincoln, Bernice Morris, Cris Potter, Elaina Scorpio, Justin Russillo, Sharon Morris (Omni Development Corporation)

    City Staff:
    Bret Jacob and Hannah Kahn

      Our AAAG Members

      Alejandra De Paz, City Staff
      Anjel Newman - AS220
      Annette Alves – Federal Hill House
      Anthony Carrion – Dean of Students, Nowell Leadership Academy
      Brooke Waldron - Indigenous Community member
      Caterina Cable – Community member
      Cedric Huntley – Executive Director, Nonviolence Institute
      Celeste Johnson – Community member
      Chase Baptista – Providence Public School District
      Charles Newton – Administrator, State of RI
      Cheryl Galloway – The MET School
      Cheryl Isom-Wie – Director, The MET School, Coordinator, Consultant and facilitator at STEM Based Education
      Corey Brown – Providence Police Officer, Community Mentor, WE GOT NEXT
      Cris Potter – Founder, Red Rooster Solutions
      Crisolita Figueiredo – Community and Political Activist
      Deborah Harris – D.A.R.E
      Denise Debarros - Community Advocate
      Desmond Ranglin - JARI
      DJ Rukiz – The Juice 88.9 online radio
      Doug Victor – South Side Community Land Trust
      Dr. Adama Brown-Hathaway - UWRI
      Dr. Dannie Ritchie - MD, MPH Founder, Community Health Innovations of Rhode Island

      Dwayne Boo Hackney - It's on US/ No More Murder
      Elaina Scorpio - Tenant Network RI

      Elise Swearingen - Project Manager, Community Advocate
      Enrique Sanchez – BLM RI PAC, Reclaim RI, Prov DSA, Rhode Island Socialists, PSL RI
      Georgina Sarpong – Co-owner,Abundance Farms, Black Lives Biz
      Gina Fisher-Cook - State of RI Traffic Tribunal, Community Advocate
      Dr. Hume Johnson -CEO and Brand Strategy Partner at Hume Johnson Consulting LLC,RWU
      Jacob Brier - Historian
      James Monteiro - Reentry Campus Program
      James Vincent - NAACP
      Jamiere Wilson - Artist


      Jennifer Hopgood - Family Nurse Practitioner & adjunct professor at Simmons University
      Jessica Brown - RI School of Design, Jessica Brown Designs
      Jessica Vega – City Counsel Ward 5, Central Falls
      Joseph Bruce – Artist
      Joshua Avila - City Staff
      Julius Kolawole - African Alliance
      Justin Russillo - Realtor at Phipps Realty, Community Advocate
      k. funmilayo aileru- studio artist and freelance designer
      Kathleen Egersheim – Awakening Church
      Keith Stokes – Rhode Island Black Heritage Society/1696 Heritage Group
      Kenya Fullen – Dept of human services
      Kendra Ault – College Unbound
      Kenia Richards – Clinical Therapist, Community member
      Kie Hamrick – Community member
      Latifat Odetunde - Youth Advocate
      Marchae Belcher – Community member
      Marco McWilliams -Founder PBSS, Center for Reconciliation, the Swearer Center Brown University, College Unbound
      Marijoan Bull

      Mary Beth Meehan - Photographer, Writer and Educator
      Meko Lincoln - Amos House

      Michael Shepherd – City of Providence Staff
      Nicole da Cruz - Rhode Island School of Design
      Pamela Hughes – Mount Hope Cowboys
      Regina Clement – Delta Sigma Theta-Prov Alum
      Rochanda Delves- Community member
      Sade Lee – Community membe
      Sharon Morris – Omni Development Corporation
      Shirley Hood- Destiny Productions
      Sonia Thomas – Dunamis Synergy, West Elmwood Housing Development Corp
      Taritha Hill-Cooper – Simply Mom, Inc
      Teresa Guaba Community member
      Terri Wright- DARE

      Theresa Guzmán Stokes – Rhode Island Black Heritage Society/1696 Heritage Group
      Tiarra Mack – RI State Senate District 6
      Wayne Montague – WINN Residential

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