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The Coalition in the News

Read through our recent coverage in the media.

Dec 12, 2022

Can Governor McKee really evict homeless people sleeping on State House grounds?

Boston Globe

On Dec. 7, people who have been sleeping outside in tents were given 48 hours to vacate the State House grounds or face fines or arrest. But some legal experts say the governor’s decision could be “criminalizing homelessness.”

Dec 9, 2022

Governor McKee disputes the reality of homelessness in RI; Here are the facts


The Rhode Island Coalition to End Homelessness estimates that there are 80+ encampments across the state and that around 385 people are sleeping unhoused, including families with children, every night. Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee, who is actively seeking to evict an encampment on the State House plaza, disputed these numbers on Thursday...

Dec 8, 2022

Governor McKee grilled on State House encampment eviction


Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee was in Pawtucket at noon today. Uprise RI and other news outlets were on hand to ask about his administration’s efforts to evict a homeless encampment from State House grounds.

Two biggest takeaways?

The Governor felt that the eviction is going “as well as an be expected” and the Governor disputes the number of homeless encampments and unhoused people in the state that is being given to him by providers...

Dec 8, 2022

Caitlin Frumerie: We simply don’t have enough housing


In the afternoon after the news broke that the Administration of Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee was forcibly evicting people camping on State House grounds, Caitlin Frumerie, Executive Director at Rhode Island Coalition to End Homelessness spoke to the press to advocate for more resources for Rhode Islanders experiencing homelessness...

Dec 7, 2022

Homeless people evicted from RI State House grounds

Target 12

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Gov. Dan McKee’s office has banned camping outside the Rhode Island State House, according to a spokesperson.

On Wednesday, the McKee administration began notifying individuals living on State House grounds that they must leave within 48 hours.

According to the governor’s office, outreach workers are coordinating with individuals to set them up in shelters and store their belongings...

Dec 7, 2022

McKee staff notify homeless encampment at R.I. State House to leave or face fines, arrest

Boston Globe

“The claim is that they will be given shelter, but I don’t see how that is possible,” said PC professor Eric Hirsch, co-chair of the state’s Homeless Management Information System Steering Committee...

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