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Posted Jun 12, 2018 at 10:29 PM
Updated Jun 12, 2018 at 10:29 PM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Carrie Zaslow has been selected to be the new executive director of the Providence Revolving Fund, board president Christine West announced Tuesday.
Zaslow has a strong background in community development and finance through her 11-year tenure at Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and earlier experience at Randolph Savings Bank and the Housing Network of Rhode Island, according to the announcement.
“Carrie shares our vision of how historic preservation is vital and relevant within the larger realm of responsible community development and positive social impact,” West said in the announcement. “The board feels Carrie has the leadership and skills needed to guide the organization in its ongoing evolution and continue its exceptional record of responsible investment in historic properties.”
Zaslow will replace Clark Schoettle, who is retiring at the end of June after 34 years at the fund. A celebration of his career will be held Tuesday, June 26 at the Providence G Rooftop from 4-7 p.m.
The Providence Revolving Fund is a community-based, non-profit, development and lending corporation with a mission to preserve the city’s architectural heritage and stimulate community revitalization. The PRF manages a $12-million historic preservation fund for neighborhood and downtown revitalization in Providence.
Courtesy of Providence Journal
Posted:Feb 9, 2018 at 7:40 PM
Updated:Feb 9, 2018 at 8:01 PM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Clark Schoettle, who has worked on neighborhood revitalization in Providence for nearly 35 years, will retire in June as executive director of the Providence Revolving Fund, the organization announced this week.
“It is impossible to overstate the impact that Clark has had on the City of Providence’s historic buildings and neighborhoods,” said architect Christine West, president of the Revolving Fund’s board. “The singular beauty of Providence comes from its rich historic character, and it would be difficult to identify a renewed historic building in our city that Clark has not had a direct influence upon through either the Providence Revolving Fund or his numerous civic and volunteer roles.”
Schoettle has led the Providence Revolving Fund since 1983, “transforming the organization from a small historic preservation loan fund to a $12-million community development fund,” the group added.
Since the 1980s, the Revolving Fund has invested more than $14 million in the West Broadway and Elmwood neighborhoods by buying and redeveloping 63 abandoned houses for affordable homeownership, and by making 470 loans to property owners to restore homes.
In 2003, Schoettle negotiated a $7.8-million investment with the Rhode Island Foundation to establish a dedicated loan fund for Downtown Providence, PRF noted. Since then, “the Downcity Fund has invested over $16 million to redevelop 24 underutilized buildings, leveraging $155 million in additional financing and stimulating the revitalization of downtown.”
Under Schoettle’s leadership, the Revolving Fund has also “consulted on 140 historic and low-income housing tax credit projects totaling over $350 million in re-investment in historic buildings in Rhode Island.”
Schoettle’s efforts were seen in “the financing and renovation of 22 of the historic houses surrounding the Dexter Training Ground; the redevelopment of a failed HUD project on Adelaide Avenue which resulted in the restoration of 11 properties for affordable homeownership; the development of 39 artist residences at Monohasset Mill; the financing and development of 12 buildings which revitalized Luongo Square; and renovation of several buildings on Westminster Street by the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, including their headquarters in an old gas station,” according to PRF.
“Restored buildings in downtown Providence funded by the PRF include AS220′s Empire Street and Mercantile Block, the Peerless Lofts, Saki’s Pizza on Weybosset, the Providence G, and the Dean Hotel,” while more recent efforts include “the redevelopment of the Almy Street School on the west side of Providence; the current restoration underway of the Kendrick-Prentice-Tirocchi House, aka the ‘Wedding Cake House’ on Broadway; and the Case-Meade, Union Trust, and Woolworth Buildings on Dorrance.”
Schoettle plans to continue serving on the Providence Historic District Commission and the Downtown Design Review Committee.
“The Revolving Fund has been very much a part of me for more than half of my life. I can’t imagine doing anything else that could be so gratifying and important,” he said. “It has given me the opportunity to work with diverse groups of people to try different approaches and accomplish the historic preservation of difficult buildings to revitalize neighborhoods.”
The search for a new executive director is under way, and a celebratory tribute to Schoettle is planned for later this year.
Courtesy of Providence Journal
Published/Posted By: The Providence American
Posted: March 19, 2018
The Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless is thrilled to announce its selection of Caitlin Frumerie to serve as the agency's new Executive Director! To help introduce you to our new director, we are going to be hosting a Meet and Greet event on Wednesday March 28th 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the Dorrance (located 60 Dorrance St, Providence, RI). There is no cost to attend but there will be a cash bar and appetizers. Please register online by clicking here, if you'd like to attend. We are also excited to announce that our annual luncheon, normally held in March, will be moved to early fall! More information will be forthcoming, so stay tuned!
The Coalition is grateful for the tireless work of its staff, the board, interim director Bert Cooper, and the search committee for their efforts in the selection and interview process. 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!
Although Caitlin was raised in rural Arizona, she calls Rhode Island her true home and her favorite place on earth! She's lived here over thirteen years and currently resides in the West Side of Providence. Ms. Frumerie has a wealth of experience in the homeless services industry and most recently worked as a Technical Assistance provider for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's homeless programs division under the Cloudburst Group. While there she focused on helping communities with finding effective and efficient ways to reduce and end homelessness, in addition to providing subject matter expertise on the Continuum of Care, Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and Emergency Solutions Grant programs.
Prior to her work for HUD, she held positions as the Community Development Director for the City of Providence and homeless shelter program manager for the State of Rhode Island. She has two bachelor degrees from Roger
Williams University and a masters in Social Work from Boston University. Ms. Frumerie is also a licensed clinician and can be found working the occasional night and weekend shift as a social worker in one of our local hospital
Caitlin started her position with the Coalition in late January and has already hit the ground running! She looks forward to working with you all and support the most important work of ENDING HOMELESSNESS in Rhode Island!
In closing, the Coalition's Board of Directors is also deeply thankful for the dedication of our staff and the all our partners who have stepped up to help RICH over the last year. We are forever indebted to the staff, volunteers, and partners who carry out our work day to day, including but not limited to our members, Donna "Dee Dee" Williams, Tory Kern, Bob Maurice, Don Larsen, Mike Scarlatti, Eric Hirsch, Karen Flora, Michelle Duso, Kristen Morales, Barbara Freitas, and many more!
Steven M. Miller, Esq.
President, Board of Directors
PS: You can reach Caitlin at Caitlin@rihomeless.org if you have questions about the Coalition or the event!!
Courtesy of The Providence American
Posted:Mar 6, 2018 at 2:31 PM
Updated:Mar 6, 2018 at 2:31 PM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Caitlin Frumerie, a resident of Providence’s West Side, has been hired as the new executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, the board of directors announced Tuesday.
“The Coalition is grateful for the tireless work of its staff, the board, interim director Bert Cooper, and the search committee for their efforts in the selection and interview process,” board president Steven M. Miller said in an announcement. “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.”
Frumerie, who is originally from Arizona, “most recently worked as a technical assistance provider for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s homeless programs division under the Cloudburst Group,” according to Miller.
She previously held positions as the community development director for the City of Providence and homeless shelter program manager for the State of Rhode Island. She has two bachelor degrees from Roger Williams University and a masters in social work from Boston University. Frumerie is also a licensed clinician “and can be found working the occasional night and weekend shift as a social worker in one of our local hospital emergency rooms,” he added.
Published/Posted By: The Providence American
Posted: April 22, 2018
Omni Development Corporation is proud to announce the selection of Sharon Morris as its new Executive Director. The Board of Directors of Omni Development Corporation, under the leadership of its board Chairman and President, Laurence K. Flynn, conducted a vigorous selection process which fielded over 85 applicants. The board is grateful for the tireless work of its search committee during the selection and interview process.
The board extends its sincere appreciation for the hard work and dedication of Lawrence Brown, CPA, outgoing executive director, for sustaining the organization for the past two years after the passing of Omni’s longtime executive director, Joseph Caffey whose name and dedication were synonymous with Omni‘s excellent work and existence. Ms. Denise Ruffin, Director of Asset Management for the organization, has been appointed by the Board in the interim and will have full operational control until Ms. Morris assumes her position.
With Ms. Morris’ extensive background in affordable housing, and her long-standing commitment and national experience, the board looks forward to her leadership, strong advocacy and perseverance to achieve the goals the board has set for the future of Omni Development Corporation and its service to those in need of affordable housing in the Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Sharon Morris grew up in South Providence, and is a graduate of Central High School. She received her B.A. Degree from Livingstone College (Salisbury, NC) and M.A. Degree from the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI).
Ms. Morris has worked in the Affordable Housing Industry for 19 years. Most recently she was the Director of Compliance at the National Equity Fund, Inc (NEF). She joined NEF in 2007 as an Asset Manager. NEF is the largest non-profit syndicator of low income housing tax credits in the United States with a portfolio of over 2,584 properties, totaling 166,632 units. She previously held positions at Rhode Island Housing and WinnResidental.
Ms. Morris resides in Providence with her family. She is actively involved in a number of community organizations in the Greater Providence Area.
About Omni Development Corporation
Omni Development Corporation is a not-for-profit development corporation that provides affordable housing for low-to-moderate income families in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Omni has developed over 1,200 units of affordable housing in the past 20 years, fueling a renaissance to some of Rhode Island’s poorest neighborhoods, replacing vacant lots and abandoned properties with high quality, safe and affordable housing for residents who otherwise may not be able to obtain it.
PROVIDENCE – Melissa Sanzaro, deputy director of the Providence Housing Authority, will become executive director on Jan. 1, succeeding Paul J. Tavares, who is retiring.
Nicolas P. Retsinas, chairman of the PHA’s Board of Commissioners, announced the transition on Thursday.
Retsinas thanked Tavares for this service, which he said was marked by professionalism and integrity. “Paul brought 21st-century procedures and timeless compassion for the residents during his tenure,” he said.
Sanzaro has been with the PHA for eight years, and has served as deputy director for the last three. She will be the first woman to lead the PHA.
Established in 1939, the Providence Housing Authority owns and manages 2,600 units of public housing and administers about 2,600 units of Section 8 housing.
- Journal staff
Courtesy of the Providence Journal
“Barbara Fields has had a decades-long commitment to Rhode Island and to the complex housing and homelessness challenges we face,” Raimondo said, according to the news release announcing Fields’ departure. “I want to thank Barbara for her four years of service at RI Housing and her commitment to the people of our state. I wish her well in her future endeavors.”
Nicolas Retsinas, the chairman of Rhode Island Housing’s board, and the Executive Office of Commerce will convene a search committee for Fields’ replacement.
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