Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless names Frumerie executive director

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless named Caitlin Frumerie as its executive director, the nonprofit announced Tuesday.

Frumerie joins RICH from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she worked as a technical assistance provider with the homeless program division under the Cloudburst Group.

Frumerie began her role as executive director of RICH on January 22, 2018. Previously, she also worked as the community development director for Providence and as a homeless shelter program manager for the State of Rhode Island.

RICH was formerly headed by Darryl Kosiak, took on the role of executive director in December 2016. Bert Cooper was the organization’s interim director from September 2017 until Frumerie was named executive director in January.

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“With her extensive background working on homeless programs and dedication to the dream that no man, woman or child should find themselves living on the street or in a shelter, we think Caitlin will be a strong advocate and systems change agent for the issue of homelessness in Rhode Island,” said Steven Miller, president of the board of directors of RICH.

Frumerie said that her focus for the organization is supporting system improvements.

“So often individuals and families get stuck in the system and I think we have a rare opportunity in Rhode Island because we are such a small state and have such wonderful service providers, that we can create this incredibly effective system that ends homelessness in our community,” she said to PBN Tuesday.

Frumerie also said she would we use data and other best practices to make sure that the organization is serving the most vulnerable in Rhode Island communities.

Kate Talerico is a PBN contributing writer.