What Does Bone Cancer, $25 ID’s and Homeless Re-Housing Have in Common?

If you live or work in the City of Lowell, have come to Lowell to attend an event or visit relatives or friends, you may have noticed a makeshift “camp” along the banks of the Merrimack River. Camps that have been built with the refuse of the neighborhoods that surround them. This is survival.

They are veterans, young, middle aged, elderly men and women. Their individual stories are unique, their current circumstance unites them, all with the same issue. Homelessness.


Yesterday (photo above), Centralville resident, Paul Belley invited myself, along with Kim Scott, Tom Michaels, Roland Cartier and Tori Germann to make the trek down to the camp at Beaver Brook. There we were greeted by 9 men and women who call that area their home for lack of housing. Continue reading

CTI-Housing Consumer Education Center – January 2013 Newlsetter ~ Code Violations ~ Fires~

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


The City of Lowell’s health inspectors are responsible for investigating and enforcing the Health Code Laws. Continue reading

CTI Kicks Off Housing Workshops for 2013

As part of ongoing housing consumer education strategy, we have a number of workshops scheduled each week. Click HERE for our workshops scheduled from January to March 2013.

The workshops available, are as follows:

Apartment Search – This workshop is open to tenants/providers and reviews how to search for an apartment, inspect an apartment prior to moving in, negotiating rental agreements, terminating rental agreements and how to be a “good tenant”.

Eviction Prevention/Tenants Rights Workshop – A representative from Merrimack Valley legal Services will provide you information about your rights as a tenant and how to prevent eviction.

Financial Assistance Workshop – This workshop is geared to those who are applying for financial assistance through the Housing Consumer Education. All who are applying for assistance must attend this workshop. The workshop focuses on eligibility and preparing you for the financial assistance application process, which is done by appointment only.

Subsidized Housing Application Workshop – The session is open to tenants and providers seeking information about affordable housing options. Learn about criteria, wait lists and how to apply.

Veterans Informational Education Workshop (VIEW) – This workshop is designed to educate Veterans, their families and providers as to the programs, benefits and services available to them.

Employment Opportunities at RCAP Solutions

Employment Opportunities at RCAP Solutions. For more info click here

Full-time Property Manager – Athol, MA

RCAP Solutions offers property development and management services to small and mid-sized communities.  We currently have an immediate opening for an experienced Affordable Housing Property Manager in Athol, MA.  Successful candidates will have at least 2-5+ years of affordable housing experience  to include rent collections, recertification’s, budget management, tenant file compliance, apartment inspections, and staff supervision. Experience with HUD/Section 8 and LIHTC programs is required.  Experience must include exceptional customer service skills, strong verbal and written communication skills, and computer skill with MS Office.  Boston Post experience is a plus.

Full-Time Executive Assistant – Gardner/Worcester, MA

RCAP Solutions is seeking a qualified individual to join our Administrative TEam as a full-time Executive Assistant. This position is responsible for providing coordination and management of the executive branch and administrative support to the President & CEO and the Leadership Team, acts as the “face” of the executive leadership both internally and externally and is considered a critical player to the organization, its operation and success in achieving the strategic direction and plan. Continue reading

Merrimack Valley Regional Network Meeting Minutes 12/17/12

Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

December 17, 2012 – Meeting Minutes

Community Action, Inc. Haverhill, MA

In attendance: Kristin Ross-Sitcawich (CTI), Sue Fink (City of Lawrence), Jim Barnes (City of Lawrence), Patty Bergin (CHC), Anna Sonak (Jeannie Gieger), Molly Froelich (IHR), Steve Wilkins (Commonwealth land Trust), Laura Tomaszuzuk (DCF), Odilis Catalina (DCF), Bob Gould (CAI)

Network Updates:

  1. Network Update from Partners

City of Lawrence – Reporting that they are in the midst of the McKinney/NOFA application process. Continue reading

Merrimack Valley Regional Network ~ Meeting Minutes ~ 10/15/12

Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

October 15, 2012 – Meeting Minutes

Greater Lawrence Community Action 305 Essex St Lawrence, MA

In attendance: Kristin Ross-Sitcawich (CTI), Connie Comtois (Chelmsford HA), Sue Fink (City of Lawrence), Jim Barnes (City of Lawrence), Carl Howell (CTI), Patty Bergin (CHC), George Deluca (Copley Media), Derek Jones (LTLC), Marissa Melendez (GLCAC), Anna Sonak (Jeannie Gieger), Richard Rangin (City of Lawrence)

Network Updates from Partners:

City of Lawrence – Discussed recent article in the Boston Globe that related to a number of homeless men and women who are currently unsheltered homeless in the City of Lawrence. Coordinating with DHCD a response to serve these individuals. DHCD will be meeting with the City of Lawrence on 10/23/12 to discuss the coordination of services and resources for these homeless individiuals. Continue reading

MFP – Strategic Housing Partnership Coordinator

Money Follows the Person Strategic Housing Partnership Coordinator

Job ID: J33370


Work with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to identify strategies and resources for new integrated housing; respond to a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Notification Of Funding Availability (NOFA); and develop strategies to increase various housing voucher programs.

Work with DHCD to identify strategies by which existing housing resources can be directed to serve the MFP target populations.

Meet regularly and oversee the activities of five Regional Housing Search and Network Coordinators (RHSNCs); develop and implement housing policies and procedures; ensure Regional Coordinating Offices secure adequate housing resources to meet the transition benchmarks; provide training, technical assistance and support. Continue reading

2012 Youth Resource Guide from the Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance

Among the most alarming trends is the increase in unaccompanied homeless young adults seeking services and shelter at MHSA member agencies across the Commonwealth. This young adult population, generally defined as individuals between the ages of 18 and 24, falls into a gap between services available to children and to older adults. For young adults who are fleeing unstable or dangerous family situations, exiting state systems of care, or otherwise lacking resources and support systems, finding a job and a place to live is a formidable task. The guide includes sections with information about housing, shelter, job
training, domestic violence services, and a number of other resources. The guide may be accessed here. This guide will also be available on the side bar of this blog as an ongoing resource.


Merrimack Valley Network Blog – Check In

Many thanks to all who have taken the time to follow and read up on the Merrimack Valley Regional Network Blog since its inception 3 years ago. We love the fact that you follow us and give us an audience!

If you are new to us or have seen our articles in the past, please take a moment to check back in on the Merrimack Valley Regional Network Blog. It is chock full of information from different initiatives throughout the Community Teamwork, partnering agencies across the Merrimack Valley region, the community, policy related items, housing workshop schedules, resource guides and tons of quick links that are invaluable for the great work you all do each day for those we serve.

As always, if you have an item that you would like distributed, please do forward to me at kross@comteam.org and I would be happy to post for you throughout the Network.

You can easily sign yourself up to follow the blog in the upper right hand corner and regulate the frequency of email notifications you receive (daily notifications to weekly digests).

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Graduate Study in Community Psychology Program @ Umass Lowell

(from Professor Hostetler)

Dear NPA Colleagues,

I’m writing to encourage you to let your colleagues and others in your networks know about our Master’s Program in Community Social Psychology (CSP) at UMass/Lowell.  We are always looking for qualified applicants — and what better people than those of you in Lowell’s nonprofit community to know about them.

You may not know, however, that our program is one of a very few of its kind in the United States.  We may be biased, but we are convinced that it’s one of the very best. One of our program’s hallmarks is close connections with the Lowell community; we’ve now been working to tighten those connections and to strengthen Lowell’s community life for more than 30 years.

Here’s some more detail: The CSP graduate program welcomes applications from those interested in deepening their understanding of community and organizational life and developing analytical and practical skills for community and organizational change.  We have a rolling admissions process and are accepting applications for Spring and Fall semesters. Continue reading