MA Unclaimed Property – Have You Checked Lately?


I had posted on this topic a couple of weeks back and have since created a flyer that we have available here in the Resource Center and is available on the right side of the blog for download under “Housing Education Flyers”. We wanted to share with you a recent success story for one of clients who we suggested he put his name into the search engine and lo and behold his name came up twice, for two different pieces of property.

For both listings, it was indicated that the property was valued over $100. Our client went through the process of submitting his claim and received confirmation this week that one of his properties was a paycheck from a former employer in the amount of $936!

So please do see if you have unclaimed funds. It’s free to search and free to file the claim!

Are you a hoarder? Know some who is?


Hoarding Resources

Compulsive hoarding is defined as the acquisition of and failure to discard a large number of possessions that appear to be useless or of limited value. Homes become so cluttered that tenant’s can- not live in them safely. Exits become blocked, kitchens and bathrooms become difficult to move around in and clutter becomes a fire hazard. Hoarding behavior can result in a tenancy termination.

Here are a few resources if you, a family member or friend is experiencing this challenge


North Shore Elder Services


Merrimack Valley Elder Services


Sort it Out (Natick)


National Organization of Chronic Disorganization


Organizing Specialists


Clutter Workshop


Home VNA


Massachusetts Home Care


Action Emergency Homeless Shelter (Gloucester)


Eric Z Disposal


We Get Rid of It


House Works


Big Brother Big Sister Foundation

 (free pick up)


Salvation Army


Got Books


Junk Out


The Wish Project (Greater Lowell)

no home pick up


Home Goods Recycling Ministries (Acton)


St. Vincent DePaul  

(free pick up)

click here

Boomerangs/Aids Action Committee

 (free pick up)


Savers Thrift Stores

click here



Employment Opportunities at Community Teamwork


for more information, click here

Early HeadStart Teacher/FSW Non-Exempt Full-Time
Bus Monitor Non-Exempt Full-Time
WIC Nutritionist Non-Exempt Full-Time
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Resources for Non EA Shelter/Community Rooms Placement


Resources for Non-EA Shelter/Community Rooms Placement

Interfaith Hospitality Network








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Affordable Auto Repair – Greater Lowell



Affordable Automotive Repair

District residents can use school services from this high tech department for high quality work in automotive systems. Using sophisticated diagnostic equipment, computerized alignment, and licensed to perform state inspections, students work under the supervision of experienced instructors. All service provided when Greater Lowell Technical High School is in session (September-May). Continue reading

Tips for Grocery Shopping on a Budget


Some great tips courtesy of CTI’s Financial Literacy department about how to save money when you shop for groceries:

Grocery Shopping on a Shoe-String

·       Create a menu for the week and only buy the ingredients you need.

·       Take inventory of your cupboard so you won’t buy something you do not need.

·       Gather coupons online, in newspapers and store flyers and/or try a coupon swap with neighbors, friends, etc. Continue reading

Housing Education Works! Check Out Our Site Reorg.


For those that frequently visit the Merrimack Valley Regional Network Blog, you may/or may not have noticed that we have reduced the number of “pages” which are located at the top of the blog. While these pages may have been eliminated, they have been recreated as flyers that you the viewer may download and print for your own or another’s use.

The CTI Housing Consumer Education Center provides information and referral resources across 41 communities in Northeastern Massachusetts. Our territory covers Greater Lowell, Lawrence, Haverhill, North Shore and Cape Ann. The single most effective tool for us to distribute our housing education materials is through the use of this blog.

The flyers are located to the right hand side of the screen under “Housing Education Flyers” and PLEASE, if there is a topic that you are interested in and do not see listed, please let us know so that we can make that available to you. Chances are someone else is experiencing a similar challenge.

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