By using the General Assembly Housing Reservation System, attendees earn meeting space for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) at the hotels and the convention center. Additionally, the UUA is able to negotiate on behalf of our block of attendees for sustainability and accessibilities requirements. We are also able to assist attendees booking rooms within our block with housing issues they may encounter during General Assembly.
The Unitarian Universalist Association strives to live out our values in all aspects of our work, and this is especially true of General Assembly, the largest annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists. Because the UUA supports fair wages and labor practices for hospitality industry workers, we have terminated two hotel contracts that were originally part of the GA housing block. Together these two hotels, the Renaissance and the Providence Hilton, represent a significant loss to the room nights inventory we had planned for GA. We are currently working with the city of Providence to identify alternative hotels/housing. Please know that we want everyone to come to General Assembly and will do everything we can to provide you with information on alternative hotels/housing.
Because people will change their plans and cancel their hotel reservations, previously reserved rooms will sometimes become available through our reservation system. We encourage you to periodically check our GA housing site for rooms that have opened up.
Here’s what you can do NOW to secure housing for GA:
Check the GA Housing Reservation System for availability:
More information about GA hotels (PDF)
Dormitory style housing is available as 4-night or 5-night packages at two local colleges. Advance payment is required.
More information about GA dorms (PDF)
Sixty Unitarian Universalist (UU) hosts from local congregations will open their homes to provide lower-cost, bed-and-breakfast style accommodations during the week of GA. All homes are located within a 30 minute drive of the Rhode Island Convention Center. Many are in Providence within walking distance or accessible by public transportation. Children are welcome at many of the homes. Some homes are available for early arrival dates or later stay dates—most are offered for the full five nights of GA from Wednesday 6/25 through Sunday 6/29 (Monday departures).
Reservations are first come, first serve. Details about each home stay are listed within the reservation system. Use social networking share options for easy sharing with people in your travel party. If you see a home stay you like but you don’t have enough people to use all the space available, consider making the reservation anyway, then use the UUA-GA email list to find others who want to split the cost of the home stay. All major credit cards are accepted through a secure PayPal system.
Although offerings are not professional bed-and-breakfast facilities, travelers will be welcomed into homes to enjoy a friendly environment and meet fellow Unitarian Universalists. Proceeds collected will benefit the host’s congregation.
The UUA-GA email list is a non-official electronic bulletin board for members of the GA community (for UUs to share GA-related information, questions and discussion, as well as look for roommates, rides etc.).
Those in need of accessible hotel accommodations make reservations using the same housing reservations system as all other GA attendees. Read Instructions for Reserving an ADA Room.
The General Assembly Planning Committee seeks to plan our meeting in concert with our shared values of responsibility, inclusivity, and equality. We demonstrate our institutional commitment to these values by actively working toward making our meeting more environmentally sustainable, by practicing care and concern for the issues related to accessibility, and by acting consistently within our constituency.
To those ends, we seek convention hotels that have committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression; that demonstrate diversity in all levels of employment, including upper management; that feature accessible facilities in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations; and that can offer low cost options for those attendees whose attendance depends on the economic accessibility of the available accommodations.
The Planning Committee evaluates all housing options for GA considering the ease of getting around and physical accessibility to the convention area. Each facility completes an initial screening for ADA compliance and an onsite follow-up accessibilities survey is conducted. We seek sites that are free of architectural barriers to the maximum extent possible and that give careful consideration to the needs of the elderly and the young.
Hotels are required to demonstrate a commitment to the environment through recycling, energy conservation, and water conservation programs.
The UUA supports union labor and a fair wages.
For more information contact gahousing @ uua.org.
This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations.
Please consider making a donation today.
Last updated on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
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