DHCD Statewide EA Providers Meeting Wrap Up

The Merrimack Valley/North Shore DHCD EA providers meeting took place last week. A h/t to Homes For Families as they did a great job summarizing all of the salient points of the discussion (read below) that occurred in their region

DHCD Statewide EA Providers Meeting

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The Department of Housing and Community Development hosted a meeting to discuss the new shelter scope of services, introduce their software partner and go over the new data system.  Click here to see/download the slides from the meeting.  And here to read HFF’s meeting notes.  Admittedly, I slacked off during the presentation from Social Solutions and I thought the slides had most of the information so I didn’t take the most copious of notes.  However, providers asked some important questions and I hope I captured most of that dialogue. Continue reading

Housing Consumer Education Center – July 2012 Newsletter – Helpful Moving Hints

Useful Form When Moving into a

New Unit

When moving into a new apartment, it is a good idea to do a walk-through with your landlord. Go from room to room checking off any problems that exist. On moving out, you don’t want to be held liable for a problem that existed when you moved in. The landlord will not be able to withhold a portion of your security deposit for a problem you have documented existed when you moved in.  Complete this form and make sure both you and your landlord have a copy. Continue reading

Merrimack Valley Regional Network Meeting Minutes – 6/18/12

Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

June 18, 2012 – Meeting Minutes

Community Action Inc. 75 Elm St. Haverhill, MA

In attendance: Patricia Bergin (Comfort Home Care, Kristin Ross-Sitcawich (CTI), Connie Murphy (CAI), Linda King (City of Lowell), Al Hanscom (Emmaus), Robin Pincence (Emmaus), Anna Sanok (Jeannie Geiger CC), Kirsten Lewis (Ctte for Public Council Services), Sandy Almonte (Dept. of Transitional Assistance

Network Updates:

  1. Network Update from PartnersContinue reading

Employment Opportunities – Northeastern Massachusetts

Action for Boston Community Development (Boston)

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Eliot Community Health Services (all over)

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Bridgewell, Inc (North Shore/Merrimack Valley)

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United Teen Equality Center (Lowell)

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Community Action, Inc (Haverhill)

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City of Lawrence

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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City of Lowell

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Lowell Public Schools

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Lawrence Public Schools

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Greater Lowell Summer Activities for Kids

As schools let out for the summer, parents are left with the task of finding opportunities to keep our kids engaged and occupied. Below is a list of “camp” opportunities for the Greater Lowell region.

Dear Reader…if you are perusing this post and think of an activity that is not included, please submit comment(s) with your idea or a link to the activity.

Middlesex Community College Summer Camp

UMass Lowell Summer Camp Continue reading

Community Teamwork Seeking TWO Housing Counselors

Community Teamwork is hiring Two Housing Counselors with one, a priority with bilingual (Spanish speaking) skills. Below is the job description, click here   to apply online. Please. share amongst your networks.

Housing Consumer Education Counselor

Division/Department: Housing & Homeless Services- Homeless Prevention

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

• Provides assistance to clients seeking HCEC/HomeBase services and makes referrals to other resources when appropriate.
• Assesses client needs through intake reports, which include services requested by the client, the services provided to the client, and other needs that the counselor and client determine.
• Provides counseling and education to clients related to housing issues.
• Works with challenging client situations that require a comprehensive housing counseling response. Continue reading

Merrimack Valley Regional Network Meeting Minutes 5/21/12

Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

May 21, 2012 – Meeting Minutes

Community Teamwork Inc. 17 Kirk St, MA

In attendance: Patricia Bergin (Comfort Home Care), Kristin Ross-Sitcawich (CTI), Connie Murphy (CAI), Sue Fink ( City of Lawrence), Jim Barnes (City of Lawrence) Melissa Glassman (Eliot CHS), Dave McCloskey (LTLC), Ken Link (Bedford VA), Marisa Melendez (GLCAC), Donna Murray (DMH), Steve Wilkins (Commonwealth Land Trust), Linda King (City of Lowell)

Network Updates:

  1. Network Update from Partners

Eliot CHS – Reported that Felicia Martin is the new shelter specialist for the Lawrence area..

CTI – In the process of expending State HPRP funds for rental arrears assistance. A Subsidized Housing Application workshop will take place at Greater Lawrence Community Action on the 2nd Friday of each month at 10am. GLCAC reporting that they have signed 24 clients up for the first workshop. Continue reading

Merrimack Valley Regional Network Meeting Minutes 4/23/12

Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

April 23, 2012 – Meeting Minutes

Community Teamwork Inc. 17 Kirk St, MA

 

In attendance: Patricia Bergin (Comfort Home Care), Charlie Manzi  (Comfort Home Care), Kristin Ross-Sitcawich (CTI), Connie Murphy (CA)I, Karen Frederick (CTI), Ed Cameron (CTI),Peter Cirioni (DOE), Sue Fink ( City of Lawrence), Troix Bettencourt (IHR), Melissa Glassman (Eliot CHS), Dave McCloskey (LTLC), Susan Rourke (Middlesex HOC), Kirsten Lewis (Public Counsel)

Network Updates:

  1. Network Update from Partners

Eliot CHS – Through the use of PATH funding they have been able to re-house 17 homeless, mentally ill individuals in the past month.

CTI – 1,000 families currently placed in the Home Base program in the Merrimack Valley region. $81million has been requested by the administration for Home Base in FY13 with less funds dedicated to shelter family operations. Home Base assistance now restricted to 2 years. An ICHH funding amendment has been filed to continue to fund Network activities. Amendment 333 seeks to reallocate RAFT resources to Home Base administering agencies rather than through the Regional Housing Network (RHN) agencies. A significant increase in RAFT funding has been proposed which would provide a great deal more in the way of prevention funds for households. State ESG (balance of state) – Each CoC has chosen a priority with Lowell opting for individual rapid re-housing assistance. Lawrence has opted for family prevention funds and is partnering with Emmaus, Inc. The North Shore CoC has opted to prioritize rapid re-housing for homeless individuals. Continue reading

Merrimack Valley Regional Network Meeting Minutes 2/27/12

Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

February 27, 2012 – Meeting Minutes

Greater Lawrence Community Action Inc. 305 Essex St Haverhill, MA

In attendance: Patricia Bergin (Comfort Home Care), Charlie Manzi  (Comfort Home Care), Kristin Ross-Sitcawich (CTI), Connie Murphy (CA)I, Karen Frederick (CTI), Ed Cameron (CTI), Linda Comeau (YWCA of Greater Lawrence), Sue Fink ( City of Lawrence), Ken Link (Bedford VA), Melissa Glassman (Eliot CHS)

Network Updates:

  1. Network Update from Partners

Eliot CHS – Is in the process of applying for Balance of State ESG funds for the re-housing of homeless individuals.

CTI – expanding its’ service offerings across the Merrimack Valley, will start with Subsidized Housing Application workshops. CTI is seeking organizational partners in Lawrence, Haverhill and the North Shore. Beginning in March and April, 2 new workshops will be offered at CTI in Lowell. This month, the Veterans Information & Education Workshop (VIEW) was implemented at CTI and will be offered going forward twice monthly and is geared to consumers as well as providers. The two new workshops to be offered are utilities education and Apartment Search/SMART tenant. Continue reading