Employment Opportunities at Community Teamwork, Inc

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Family Finance Solutions – CTI & Lowell Public Schools – November 29, 2011

  Community Teamwork, Inc

Present an Evening of

Family Finance Solutions

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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 $15.00 gift card to Market Basket. You will have the opportunity to attend one of the three (3) informative workshops listed below.   To register and attend one of these workshops, call Gladys Santiago at Community Teamwork, Inc. @ 978-654-5673. You can also register online at http://www.ctifamilyfinance.org/FFSNov29

  1. 1.      How to Start an Emergency Fund: Sickness, job loss, home repairs, car repairs–there are so many things that can go wrong. Are you prepared to handle them? Starting an emergency fund can be as simple as depositing $100 into your savings account. This workshop will show you how you can save for emergencies while making sure that you are meeting your basic living expenses.
  2. 2.     Setting Financial Goals for 2012: Want to save for a vacation, buy your first home, pay for school, or pay off credit cards? Whatever your goals may be, this workshop is aimed at giving you the tools you will need to accomplish your goals.

3.   Applying for Financial Aid: Are you or your child planning on attending college in the fall 2012? This workshop will walk you through the steps of applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Gift cards are .compliments of Community Teamwork, Inc. will not be granted until the  end of the workshop (one gift card per household).

Finally! A Final Budget From HUD – Very Important Read

Important blog piece from the National Alliance to End Homelessness – KRS

The Final HUD Budget: Implications and Next Steps

18th November
2011
written by Steve Berg

Two days ago, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees finished their negotiations and published a final fiscal year 2012 funding bill for HUD, among other agencies.  This is a conference committee report, meaning that it goes for an up-or-down vote in the House and Senate, no amendments allowed.  Every indication is that it will pass Congress and be signed by the President this week.

As we pored through its contents Monday night and Tuesday morning, the bill set off mixed emotions, starting with a letdown that our efforts to get an increase in homeless assistance had not worked but relief that homeless assistance grants had escaped any cuts and that HUD-VASH had been expanded.  This was followed by shock at the extent of the final cuts in some HUD programs and intense frustration with the overall state of federal affordable housing policy.

Here’s our take on what the HUD funding bill means for ending homelessness.

HUD homelessness funding – With the homelessness-specific programs, it’s important to be clear about two things to start:

  • HUD-VASH continues to grow each year, building on unified support.  The bill includes $75 million for new HUD-VASH vouchers, enough to house another 11,500 homeless veterans or more.  Earlier this year, there were serious questions about whether the new Congress would continue to support this program.  These questions have been put to rest, at least for now.
  • In light of what turned out to be substantial cuts in HUD spending, maintaining level funding for homelessness assistance, one of the larger programs at HUD and the one that serves the most politically powerless constituency, is a remarkable achievement. Continue reading

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3rd Annual Festival of Wreaths – Community Teamwork, Inc

CTI will be hosting the 3rd annual “Festival of Wreaths” event which is held in conjunction with Lowell’s City of Lights Parade on

 Saturday, November 26th, 2 -7pm. Admission is Free.

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The Festival of Wreaths Gala Preview Party will be held on Friday, November 25th, 6 – 9 pm

$20 each or 2 Tickets for $35/ Kids are FREE!

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Come one, come all! Enjoy the days activities in downtown Lowell!

Both events will be held in the Masonic Hall which will be magically transformed to a Winter Wonderland. Last year we had 75 wreath entries and nearly 1,000 people attend the

All proceeds to go toward Homelessness Prevention

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This event will also feature a variety of vendors selling crafts, hand made jewelry, Mill City Cupcakes, Avon and Mary Kay! This is a great opportunity to start your holiday purchases!

Lura Smith – Gospel Concert of Thanksgiving – November 19, 2011

Lura Smith

In A Gospel Concert of Thanksgiving

Presented by Community Teamwork, Inc & The Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

with Special Guests

New Hope Baptist Church Gospel Choir

David Hurst, David Dubinsky, Doug Leaffer, James Seibles, Bernard Smith

Andover Baptist Church Unity Choir

Twelfth Baptist Church Gospel Ensemble

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 12p – 2p

Eliot Presbyterian Church, 273 Summer St. Lowell, MA

Suggested Donation – $20 pp

All proceeds to Homelessness Prevention and Scholarships

Need More Info? Call (978) 459-0551

Merrimack Valley Regional Network Meeting Minutes 10/17/11

Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

October 17, 2011 – Meeting Minutes

Community Teamwork Inc, 17 Kirk St Lowell, MA

In attendance: Christine Starratt (CTI), Al Hanscom (Emmaus), Patricia Bergin (CTI) , Karen Frederick (CTI), Melissa Glassman (Eliot CHS), Linda Comeau (YWCA of Greater Lawrence), Anne Marie Malavich (LTLC), June Messina (House of Hope), Dave Robinson (Pathfinder/Bridgewell), Jim Barnes (City of Lawrence), Leka Bezhani (CTI), Derek Jones (LTLC), Anjuli Ferreira (Horizons for Homeless Children), Eileen Healey (CTI), Leslie Lawrence (Emmaus) and Kristin Ross-Sitcawich (CTI).

Network Updates:

  1. Network Update from PartnersContinue reading

Mortgage Workshop Sponsored by Congressman Tierney

Congressman John F. Tierney

Invites you to attend a

Mortgage Workshop

Saturday, November 19

9 am to 3 pm

100 Beverly High School

Sohier Road in Beverly, MA

Register for this free event at:

http://www.tierney.house.gov/workshop

Local homeowners will be able to seek assistance on a range of topics from accessing lower interest rates to applying for mortgage modification to saving their home from possible foreclosure.

Lenders will be on hand to provide one-on-one information. Participating will be Bank of America, Chase, GMAC, Freddie Mac, and others.

You can find the most up-to-date list of participating lenders and organizations at www.tierney.house.gov/workshop.

Housing counselors, attorneys, and representatives from federal housing agencies will also be available.

Participating Organizations Include:  HUD/FHA  Lynn Housing Authority  Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership  Hope for Homeowners  North Shore Community Action Program  HUD Approved Housing Counselors  CHAPA

PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE AT WWW.TIERNEY.HOUSE.GOV

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 978-531-1312

10/29 Winter Storm Assistance for SNAPS Household Misfortune Replacement Benefits

October 29 Winter Storm Assistance
SNAP Household Misfortune Replacement Benefits
November 2, 2011
Dear Community Partner:
A winter storm passed through Massachusetts on October 29, 2011, bringing significant damage to a number of communities. Heavy wet snow combined with significant wind conditions has
caused widespread power outages due to downed trees across much of the Commonwealth.
SNAP replacement benefits
Households receiving SNAP may apply to the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) for SNAP “replacement benefits.” Affected households who receive SNAP benefits may request
replacement of food lost due to household misfortune, such as an extended power outage, a flood, or an equipment failure (such as a refrigerator or freezer). Replacement is limited to the value of the food lost or damaged, not to exceed the total monthly SNAP benefit amount the household received. Households must apply for replacement benefits within 10 days of the loss. Because the storm and power loss occurred on October 29 and 30, households must apply by Wednesday, November 9.
DTA has applied to USDA for an extension of this deadline. If it is granted, DTA will notify community partners as soon as possible.

Process for applying:

To receive replacement benefits:
 Clients must report the loss of food by phone, in person or in writing to DTA within 10 days of the loss. We estimate that for most households, the loss would have occurred on October
29 or 30; therefore, they should apply by Wednesday, November 9.
 Return a signed and completed Statement of Loss/Request for Replacement Food Due to a Household Disaster or Misfortune (SNAP-9B) form (attached) within 10 days of the reported
loss to the local DTA office.

Note: If the tenth day falls on a weekend or holiday, and the
statement is received the next business day, DTA will consider the request to be timely.
 Provide verification of the household misfortune.
 If the household lives in a community that DTA has verified had significant power outages, DTA will not require third party verification.

CTI Housing Consumer Education Center – November Newsletter

Heating Season Tips

Nov  2011         Vol. 2-1

According to Massachusetts General Laws:

Landlords must provide a heating system for each apartment or one system that services all apartments in good working order. The landlord must pay for the fuel to provide heat and hot water and electricity unless the written rental agreement states that the tenant must pay for these. The heating season runs from September 16 through June 14, during which every room must be heated to between 68 degrees Fahrenheit and not more than 78 degrees Fahrenheit between 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, and at least 64 degrees Fahrenheit at all other hours.

Protections for Utility Customers

1. Serious Illness: If ANY person in the household, adult or child, has a serious illness, the utility company cannot shut off or must restore utility services immediately. An illness can be physical, mental, short term or long term. Your doctor must determine if you meet the criteria and must send documentation in writing to the utility company. The client must complete and submit a ‘financial hardship’ form for each utility if not on fuel assistance.

2. Child under 12 months: A utility company cannot terminate service if there is a young child in the householder must restore utility services immediately if the child was in the home at the time of the shut off. The child’s age must be documented with a birth certificate, and a financial hardship from must be completed and sent to the utility if the client is not on fuel assistance.

3. Winter Moratorium: Utility companies cannot terminate heat-related services between November 15 and March 15. The client must complete and submit a financial hardship form for each utility if not on fuel assistance. Continue reading