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

more info? click here

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

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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

Day 5 – Soup Does a Body Good – Food for Homeless Outreach Centers

While all homeless service providers are members of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank and do receive funds specific to food service, there is still a great need – largely due to the increase of homeless men and women in the City of Lowell. This increase has all homeless outreach centers that provide food service “in the red” in their food budgets.

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Here’s how you can help, shop frugally, spend some time in fellowship with family and friends and warm a belly.

  1. Make a big pot of soup – here is a recipe for a 60 serving pot of chicken noodle soup – everyone knows that the soup does a body good.
  2. Make a big pot of Pasta (Red) Sauce – the ingredients are inexpensive, we always wind up making too much – so why not increase the amount, store or freeze what you know you will need for family meals and donate the rest. Here is a link to a 60 serving – hearty pasta sauce recipe Continue reading

Beaver Brook Camp Updates – ID’s, Employment & Re-Housing

A couple of weeks back, we had documented, here, our visit to the Beaver Brook Homeless Camps. Response from our readers was fantastic and we wanted to provide you with a brief update.

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1. As you may recall, a lack of valid identification was a barrier for one individual. As it turns out, the license had been suspended due to an unpaid fine. We were able to determine what the fine was and allocate funds to have the license reinstated. The VERY NEXT DAY, this gentleman had a job. Continue reading

Day 4 – “Sock It” to Homelessness – Sock Drive – Operation Warm Feet

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Clean, white socks are a staple of homeless health care and First Aid for homeless individuals. See here, for an article on First Aid Kits for homeless individuals. Dry socks, good fitting shoes are key to reducing the cost of medical care for our homeless men and women. Continue reading