Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits Stakeholder Briefing Session- 12/3/12

Beginning this week, many people in Massachusetts have received notification from the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) that their Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits will stop after December 29, 2012 due to the end of federal extensions.  Additionally, DUA is providing all unemployment insurance claimants with information about how to connect to services provided by state agencies and non-profit providers, including organizations like yours.  Continue reading

CTI Housing Consumer Education Center Newsletter ~December 2012 ~

Community Teamwork ~ Housing Consumer Education Center Newsletter

December 2012 Edition

Coats for Kids

Free coats are available now!!!

WHEN: Families can pick up coats every Wednesday from 1 PM to 4 PM starting November 14 and running through January 30, 2013.

WHERE:  430 Broadway Street in Lowell (Use rear entrance)

Those who need coats must be present.

For more information, please call 978-459-0551 Continue reading

EBT card system changes: conference call briefing

DTA is implementing changes to our Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card system to comply with the provisions of a newly enacted state law, Chapter 161 of the Acts of 2012 (An Act Relative to the Electronic Benefit Transfer Program). The EBT card is the vehicle through which MA delivers cash assistance to most Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) and Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) households, and nutrition assistance benefits to all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. Continue reading

Community Teamwork – Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities at Community Teamwork, Inc. For more info, click here

Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher Non-Exempt Full-Time
Early HeadStart Home Visitor Non-Exempt Full-Time
Budget Coordinator Exempt Full-Time
Financial Literacy Coordinator Non-Exempt Full-Time
HomeBASE Case Manager Non-Exempt Full-Time
Custodian Non-Exempt Full and Part-Time positions available Continue reading

DHCD – Emergency Assistance Changes Effective 11/23/12

Further Actions to Strengthen the Safety Net for Homeless Families
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
November 19, 2012
Since the release of new regulations governing the Emergency Assistance (EA) Program on September 17, 2012, the Department of Housing and Community Development has held two public hearings in Springfield and Boston and has continued to meet with legislators, stakeholder groups, and advocacy organizations. Prior to this, extensive outreach was conducted with a broad array of individuals and organizations involved in housing and homelessness issues. Continue reading

CTI Family Finance Solutions Night

Please join us at our next Family Finance Solutions Night 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 978-654-5673

Family Finance Solutions Night

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

6:00 – 7:30 PM

Stoklosa Middle School 560 Broadway Street- Lowell

 

  1.   Identifying Resources in Your Community: Have you ever thought about the assets and strengths your community has? These assets and strengths can be used to meet your needs.  This workshop will focus on identifying community resources in the Greater Lowell Area.
  2.    How to Spend Your Tax Refund Wisely:To make wise decisions about how to save or spend your refund, you need to really think about all of your options. This workshop will give clients tips on how to ease financial burden by strategically using their refund
  3.  Setting Financial Goals for 2013: 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.

CTI’s Home Modification Loan Program Breaking Down Barriers for Area Residents

In the Lowell Sun’s 10/13/12 edition, is a great story about a gentleman and his family who were served well through Community Teamwork’s Home Modification Loan Program for Elderly and Disabled Homeowners.
The full story is here. As an aside, this family also participated in our First Time Home Buyer classes.

This is one of our favorite programs to promote as the benefits in accessing this loan program, in many cases, is life changing. The overall intent of this program is to keep homeowners and their dependents in the home by making physical accommodation in the home so that a residents may live safely.

The Home Modification Loan Program (HMLP) at Community Teamwork, Inc. is a state funded loan program that provides no or low interest loans to modify the homes of elders and individuals with disabilities. Established by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1999, the program’s goal is to facilitate community first living options for people with disabilities. Continue reading

Lowell Career Center – Celebrating Our Heroes at Home – Job Fair

for the flier, click here

A 3-DAY EVENT HONORING VETERANS

at the Career Center of Lowell
107 Merrimack Street, Lowell MA 01852
Go to http://www.cclowell.org for directions & parking information

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012, 10am-12pm
Registration is Required
To register, please call (978) 805-4741 or email specialevents@cclowell.org with your NAME and MEMBER NUMBER

**National Grid**
National Grid is hiring veterans! Come hear about their energy program and jobs – get your questions answered.

**Veteran’s Benefits**
Learn About Veteran’s Benefits-home loans, education, tax breaks! Eric LeMarche, the City of Lowell Veterans Service Officer will present information on Veteran’s Benefits and how to access them.
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