Merrimack Valley Regional Network Meeting Minutes 2/25/13

Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

February 25, 2013 – Meeting Minutes

Greater Lawrence Community Action 305 Essex St Lawrence, MA

In attendance: Kristin Ross-Sitcawich (CTI), Sue Fink (City of Lawrence), Jim Barnes (City of Lawrence), Patty Bergin (CHC), Steve Wilkins (Commonwealth land Trust), Bob Gould (CAI), Connie Murphy (CAI), Melissa Glassman (Eliot CHS), Evelyn Friedman (GLCAC), Stephen O’Keefe (DPH/BSAS), Marissa Melendez (GLCAC), David McCloskey (LTLC), Ann Malavich (LTLC), Laura Tomaszcwk (DCF), Alexandra Saccardo (Daybreak)

Network Updates:  Continue reading

LTLC Winter (Protocol) Ceasing Operation 4/1/13

homeless shelter bed

David McCloskey, Executive Director at Lowell Transitional Living Center has advised that the Winter (Protocol) Emergency Bed program will cease operations. The last evening that they will take guests into this program will be 3/31/13. Questions? Cal (978) 458-9888

Financial Assistance Workshop at Community Teamwork, Inc

Community Teamwork, Inc

Financial Assistance Workshop

Are you homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and need financial assistance?

Do you need help finding an apartment?

The Financial Assistance workshop will provide a brief overview of services offered by CTI and discuss eligibility for financial assistance

**Pre-registration NOT required**

When: Monday-Friday 12p-12:30p

Wednesdays 5p-5:30p

Where: Community Teamwork, Inc

17 Kirk St. Lowell, MA (978) 459-0551

Employment Opportunities at Community Teamwork, Inc

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Database Administrator Exempt Full-Time
Chief Program Officer Exempt Full-Time
Farmer Resource Coordinator Exempt Full-Time
Construction Trainer Non-Exempt Full-Time
Assistant Center Director Exempt Full-Time
Assistant Teacher Non-Exempt Full & Part-Time Continue reading

Day 8 – Small Money for a Great Return – Re-Housing Homeless Individuals

house in hands

Over the past two weeks, we have undertaken a major outreach to our community partners that provide homeless service support.

We created a hybrid housing education opportunity, where we are holding SMART Tenant and Financial Assistance workshops. Usually, these two workshops are held seperately.

The objective is to provide prospective tenants with educaion around housing search & selection, pre-move in inspections, entering into rental agreements or leases, communication with the landlord, maintaining the tenancy, reporting health code violation reporting, dealing with pest infestation, Fair Housing and eviction prevention.

The SMART Tenant workshop was developed as a direct result of ALOT of aggregated data gleaned from working with nearly 7,000 households annually. Each housing concern that is brought before us at the Community Teamwork Resource Center is unique. However, there are similar “tenancy pitfall” strands that run consistently throughout those households we work with on a daily basis. Housing Education is the BEST prevention practice to keep our community members housed. Continue reading

Beaver Brook Homeless Camp Update – One by One They Are and Will be Housed…

Many of you have graciously taken the time to read our posts about the unsheltered homeless men and women in the City of Lowell.

Our first post on the Beaver Brook Homeless camp may be read here and “revisited” here.

We met some very special people as we started this journey and wanted to update you as to progress. YES, there is progress… Continue reading