Lowell Seniors Count
“Meet seniors, One Door At-A-Time”
The Lowell Seniors Count Committee is looking for volunteers to assist seniors with a city-wide door to door census and needs assessment of seniors 60 and older. Meet seniors where they live and bring them a gift bag of resources to help them “age in place” with important information from the aging network.
Volunteer to Survey Seniors in Lowell,
on Your Street or In Your Neighborhood!
Flexible Times, No long term commitment required! Continue reading
The 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan Draft is now available. Every five years, DHCD is required to produce this plan for HUD detailing how Massachusetts will use the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Emergency Shelter Grant, and Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS funding to advance housing and community development goals. This plan sets out goals and strategies for Massachusetts’ housing and community development priorities over the next five years. The plan is available online at www.mass.gov/dhcd (check the “news and updates” column). Continue reading
Lowell Public Schools in collaboration with Community Teamwork, Inc Host an Evening of Family Finance Solutions
Date: Tuesday April 6th, 2010 Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: Stoklosa School- 560 Broadway Street- Lowell
Please join us at this Family Finance Solutions event to learn more about managing your family finances and take home a $25.00 gift card to Market Basket. You will have the opportunity to attend one of the five (5) informative workshops listed below.
To register and attend one of these workshops, call Gladys Santiago at Community Teamwork, Inc. @ 978-654-5080 ext 11.
1. Basic Introduction to Investing, Enterprise Bank
2. Debt Management, American Consumer Credit Counseling
3. Basics to Creating a Budget, The Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank
4. Foreclosure Prevention, Coalition for a Better Acre
5. How to Improve my Credit Score, NMTW Community Credit Union
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
RAPE CRISIS SERVICES OF GREATER LOWELL (RCSGL) INVITES ANYONE
AFFECTED BY SEXUAL VIOLENCE TO COME SHARE THEIR CREATIVE FORMS OF
Ayer Lofts Gallery
172 Middle Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Thursdays 5pm to 8:30pm
Fridays 5pm to 8:30pm
Saturdays 12noon to 6pm
Seeking Development & Volunteer Coordinator
We are seeking a dynamic candidate for a part time position in our Lowell office to work with businesses, faith based, social and all other groups to initiate, cultivate and maintain partnerships that lead to donations of food, time and funds for our feeding programs. Proven track record in building relationships, event planning and coordination and desire to make a difference are necessary. Successful candidate will be proficient in all MS programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. Occasional evening and weekend hours are mandatory. Valid driver’s license and use of car required. Salary based on experience.
Please forward resumes to:
Amy L. Pessia
Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc.
735 Broadway Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Housing & Community Development
March 1, 2010
TO: All DHCD Family Emergency Shelter Providers
FROM: Robert Pulster, Associate Director
RE: Housing Stabilization Flexible Funds Announcement
I am writing to update you on the status of the Housing Stabilization Flexible Funds Program. As you know, DHCD has prioritized moving families out of shelter and into housing as quickly as possible. To that end, we were excited to allocate resources for this purpose through the new Housing Stabilization initiative announced on July 27, 2009.
I am proud that since August 1st and through the end of February, we have moved 1,144 families into housing at a total cost of $10.4 million through the Housing Stabilization Flexible Funds Initiative. In addition, we have assisted another 757 families with toolbox relocation assistance at a cost of $1.06 million. In sum, 1,901 families have exited shelter as a result of this new initiative.
The Division of Housing Stabilization works closely with our fiscal partners to respond to the urgent need for housing while meeting our budgetary constraints. I understand that we have asked all providers to take advantage of Flexible Fund resources and have continued to do so right up to the point when we now need to take action to address our critical financial position. Therefore, it is with regret that I need to inform you that as of March 2, DHCD is suspending the Housing Stabilization Flexible Funds program including both the Toolbox and Shelter Diversion programs. Continue reading
Passed on to me from Homes For Families…
As you know, Massachusetts continues to face incredibly challenging fiscal times. In the middle of all this are the people that we seek to serve: families and individuals faced with increased housing instability. As you also know, the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) provides a life-line to 5,100 of these households by allowing them to maintain housing that is affordable to them.
The upcoming fiscal year again presents a challenge for us in our advocacy because legislators are faced with incredibly difficult decisions regarding which programs will be able to sustain funding cuts. We know that if MRVP is not adequately funded, we will have to force households currently using MRVP off the program and straight into a very expensive and already over-burdened emergency shelter system.
Therefore, I am asking you (actually, I’m pleading with you) to contact your state representative to relay the importance of MRVP. Representatives are meeting with leadership to discuss their budget priorities, and we must be certain that as many as possible are telling leadership that MRVP is a top priority of their constituents – and you are those constituents.
Please take the following action steps to ensure support for MRVP:
<!–[if !supportLists]–>1. <!–[endif]–>Ask your state representative to prioritize funding for MRVP at $35.4 million.
<!–[if !supportLists]–>2. <!–[endif]–>Ask your state representative to contact Representative Paul Donato’s office to sign onto his letter to Chairman Murphy requesting funding for MRVP (the representatives have received a copy of this letter directly from Rep. Donato’s office). The deadline for adding their names to this letter is Friday, March 12, 2010.
Click here to review a letter generated by the Housing Solutions Campaign and let us know if your organization is willing to sign on (you can simply respond to this email).
If you are uncertain how to contact your state representative, click here.
On behalf of homeless and at-risk households across the Commonwealth, thank you for your continued efforts!