Merrimack Valley Regional Network Meeting Minutes 1/24/2011

Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

January 24, 2011 – Meeting Minutes

In attendance: Patty Bergin (CTI), Pam Wool (CAI) Linda Comeau (YWCA of Greater Lawrence), Katie Cook (Comfort Home care), Linda Johnson (DHCD), Al Hanscom (Emmaus), Robin Pincence (Emmaus), Jen Sharkey (House of Hope), June Messina (House of Hope), Dan O’Connor (DTA), Kathy Muldoon (LTLC), Peter Cirioni (DOE), Diane Trowbridge (LCHC), Larry Gottlieb (Eliot), Tony Moskevich (Eliot), David Gaeta (Bedford VA), Chick Lopiano (Greater Lawrence Community Action), JodiYoungreen (Janssen), Karen Frederick (CTI), Ed Cameron (CTI), Karen Bond-Garrigan (Home Away from Home)  and Kristin Ross-Sitcawich (CTI).

Network Updates:

  1. Ed Cameron outlined the history of the MVRN and the ICHH for the benefit of the newest membership of the MVRN.
  2. ICHH Grant Award of $100,000 to the Merrimack Valley Regional Network – While the Network did not received the full requested amount of $255, 395, we were awarded $100,000. It was determined through communication with members of the Leadership Council that the funds that have been made available for client services would be committed to Family Homeless Prevention through the Network partner agencies Continue reading

Caleb Seeking Director of Service Coordination – Swampscott, MA

Director of Service Coordination
Swampscott, MA
Full-Time Manager Position

JOB SUMMARY
Responsible to The Caleb Group (Caleb) for supporting the corporate mission, vision, and values.
Responsible for providing direct supervision to some Service Coordinators and guidance to all Service Coordinators to insure our   more than 4,000 residents have opportunities provided at the properties to enhance their independent living.   Responsible for ensuring ongoing compliance with Caleb’s organizational standards and policies.   Responsible for working closely with the President/CEO, the office staff,   property managers, and Service Coordinators to ensure adequate and appropriate programs are being provided for our residents at the property Caleb Opportunity Centers. Continue reading

Caleb Foundation Seeking PT Maintenance Technician – Nashua, NH

Part-Time Maintenance
Xavier House, Nashua NH
(30 hours/week)
Elderly and Disabled Population

JOB SUMMARY

Responsible to The Caleb Foundation (Caleb) for supporting the corporate mission, vision, and values. Responsible for providing excellent customer service to residents.   Responsible for ensuring ongoing compliance with Caleb’s organizational standards and policies. Responsible for carrying out the technical and non-technical maintenance work necessary to assure that the development is consistently well maintained.   Responsible for ensuring that all work orders are completed in a timely, efficient fashion. Continue reading

Caleb Foundation Seeks Property Manager for Lowell Sites

Full-Time Property Manager
Chestnut Square Apartments and Sirk Building, Lowell MA
87 units
Family Population

JOB SUMMARY
Responsible to The Caleb Foundation (Caleb) for supporting the corporate mission, vision, and values.
Responsible for providing excellent customer service to residents. Responsible for the day-to-day planning, management, oversight and supervision of the assigned development(s), including property maintenance, applicant processing, rent collection, unit turnover, regulatory compliance and supervision of assigned staff. Responsible for ensuring ongoing compliance with Caleb’s organizational standards and policies. Responsible for both organizational and operational outcomes, and for delivery on the organization’s strategic plans and critical success factors. This position requires the coordination of a wide variety of services to assure resident satisfaction and the on-going viability of the development(s). The incumbent will occasionally perform duties within each direct report role.
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PIP Shelter To Close – Worcester’s Efforts Become a Model for Our Nation

PIP to close

Worcester’s efforts are model for the nation

HOMELESSNESS TURNS CORNER

By Lee Hammel TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF lhammel@telegram.com

WORCESTER —  The city has drawn admirers from Boston to Washington for its efforts to combat homelessness.

Worcester has practically eliminated chronic homelessness in the past three years and is poised to close its homeless shelter Jan. 31, officials say.

Officials say the decades-old People in Peril Shelter at 701 Main St., the target of neighborhood ire for decades, will close, but homeless people will be better served.

In November 2007, Community Healthlink and South Middlesex Opportunity Council, two nonprofit agencies that serve homeless people, counted 197 people who were chronically homeless, according to David E. McCloskey, director of PIP, which is now pointedly renamed the Greater Worcester Housing Connection. Under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition, those 197 people are people who have been homeless for at least a year or four times in three years.

“Today there are only two chronically homeless people who are not housed,” Deborah J. Ekstrom,Community Healthlink president and CEO, said last week. “We believe this is a first in the country.”

Worcester’s efforts have made federal officials sit up and take notice. “Worcester is really in the forefront in its efforts to deal with homelessness,” said Rhonda Siciliano, public affairs officer of the regional office of HUD.

“We’ll be looking to Worcester as a leader and for best practices and lessons learned.”

Some of the efforts to reduce local homelessness stem from the city manager’s Task Force on Homelessness, which issued its three-year plan to end homelessness in Worcester in November 2007. Its recommendations included closing the PIP shelter and developing 600 units of housing.

A major change came in November 2009, when people wanting to stay at the PIP shelter at Main and Charlton streets started being required to go to the triage center a few blocks away to be screened instead of automatically being admitted

Through close questioning to determine client needs and armed with a host of new resources, Community Healthlink staffers determined if people had other resources or whether Healthlink or SMOC had other available housing to divert them from the homeless shelter. Continue reading

Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness – December 20, 2010 – Meeting Minutes

Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

December 20, 2010 – Meeting Minutes

 

In attendance: Patty Bergin (CTI), Susan Fink (City of Lawrence), Yesenia Gil (City of Lawrence, Linda King (City of Lowell), Derek Jones (LTLC), Sandra Pereira (LTLC), Connie Murphy (CAI), John Cuneo (CAI), Pam Wool (CAI) Mary O’Brien (YWCA of Greater Lawrence), Diane Waddell (Living Waters Ministries) Chris Starratt (CTI), Katie Cook (Comfort Home care), David Robinson (Bridgewell/Pathfinder)  and Kristin Ross-Sitcawich.

 

Network Updates:

  1. RFR Update – The Network RFR was made available in early December and was successfully submitted on 12/17/2010 to the Inter-agency Council on Housing & Homelessness. Award announcements will be made in early January 2011. This grant request was for 6 months worth of funding. All funds must be spent down by 6/30/2011.
Client Resources Financial Assistance  
Diversion  
Direct Financial Assistance (Lowell EA) $86,000
Direct Financial Assistance (Lawrence EA) $86,000
Prevention  
Direct Financial Assist. (YWCA GL) $10,000
Direct Financial Assist. (GLCAC) $10,000
Direct Financial Assist. (CAI) $10,000
Direct Financial Assist. (CTI/HCEC) $10,000
Direct Financial Assist. (TPP) $5000
Total Direct Assistance $217,000
   
Total Network Coordination $35,000
   
Indirect Cost @ 9.7% $3395
   
Total ICHH Request $255,395

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  1. Network Update from Partners

 

YWCA of Greater Lawrence – reported that YWCA of Greater Lawrence has formed a new partnership with Lawrence Public Schools

 

Lowell Transitional Living Center – They are continuing along with the MHSA/HPRP homeless re-housing initiative.

 

City of Lawrence DPD – HPRP going well. Saunders School to be completed for 2/1/2011. Application workshop in January for potential family applicants to the Saunders School (flier handed out to Network members in the agenda package). The City of Lawrence AHAR has been submitted and will have their annual Point in Time Count in late January. The City of Lawrence is also looking at new projects for Veterans and individual homeless diversion and will be issuing an RFP for HMIS services in the new calendar year to be able to provide HMIS Technical Assistance to all agencies in receipt of federal and state funds. Continue reading