Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness
June 20, 2011 – Meeting Minutes
Community Action, Inc, 75 Elm St Haverhill, MA
In attendance: Pam Wool (CAI), Derek Jones (LTLC), Larry Gottlieb (Eliot CHS), Patricia Bergin (CTI), Al Hanscom (Emmaus), Robin Pincence (Emmaus), Katie Cooke (Comfort Home Care), Connie Murphy (CAI), Kathy Muldoon (CTI), Christine Starrat (CTI), Linda King (City of Lowell), Susan Rourke (Mid. HOC), Sandy Almonte (DTA) Ken Link (Bed. VA), David Robinson (Pathfinder), David McClane (MVYMCA) and Kristin Ross-Sitcawich (CTI).
- Network Update from Partners –
Emmaus – Flex funds exhausted for this quarter. Individual re-housing cases are pending placement through MHSA/HPRP funds. They are reporting that agencies are already beginning to refer families for Home Base. They recommended that the Regional Housing Network undertake significant outreach/education efforts in order that families and agencies are properly informed as to the parameters of the program as there appears to be a fair amount of misinformation out on this program.
Comfort Home Care – Mass Plant Connect has been funded to provide funding geared to health related programs in the community. Anyone interested should contact Carmenza Brough 978 620-3536. The Network was also advised that Comfort Home care is seeking a MA level MSW to support the management team.
CTI – Discussed ongoing efforts with the Regional Housing Network to create and implement the Home Base program in the Northeast region and the potential application for VA funds for Veterans Employment programming.
CAI – Advised the group that their new drop in site is located at 44 Friend St., Amesbury. Reported that they will be working through the drop in – in coordination with Eliot CHS to generate referrals to Eliot’s CSPECH program. Awaiting EFSP funding. Continue reading