Devastating Fire in Lowell Leaves Scores Homeless – How You Can Help

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A fire incident of any magnitude is devastating, but none more so when there is a loss of life. These families have been completely devastated.

The Lowell Sun has the full story here

Here at CTI, we are working closely with the City of Lowell, the Red Cross, The Wish Project and scores of community partners to coordinate this crisis and ensure that these families have the right resources to assist them through this period.

At times when situations are at their worst, our community is at its’ best. Listed below are ways that you may help these families.

We have had several requests from many wonderful people in our community who have clothing, furniture and home goods to donate to assist these families once they have been rehoused. These types of donations should be given to The Wish Project. The hours of operation for The Wish Project are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday’s from 9a-2pm. They are located at 1A Foundry St. Lowell, MA 01852.

Another way to help is to put together an emergency food box. The Wish Project, through the generosity of many caring people in our community will provide emergency food boxes for fire victims placed in motel/hotel. For a list of what these boxes should contain is here.

Additionally, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union has set up a fund to be able to provide assistance to the families so tragically effected by this fire. Cash donations will be accepted at all Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union branches. More information and branch locations may be found here

Lowell Transitional Living Center Seeking New Director

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For more info and how to apply, click here

SMOC is seeking a Director for the Lowell Transitional Living Center. This person will manage the overall system of emergency housing and effective case management, supportive services, data collection and entry designed to maximize housing flow into affordable housing for homeless men and women in the assigned region. Oversee the management of an interdisciplinary housing stabilization team with a focus on ensuring successful client placements into housing and the coordination of appropriate supportive services including a menu of on-site activities and workshops.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES Continue reading

CTI Seeking Housing Consumer Education Counselor Team Member

To apply online, click here

To view all openings currently available at CTI, click here

Here is the link to the full job description

 

Housing Consumer Education Counselor
Are you interested in a position that will make a difference in your life and the lives of others? Community Teamwork is a private non-profit organization with over 400 employees dedicated to reducing barriers and creating opportunities for low income individuals and families.
In addition to fully utilizing your skills, Community Teamwork offers opportunities for continued professional development and career growth. Great teams, a competitive salary and
well above average benefits including a generous contribution to employee 401k plans make Community Teamwork a highly regarded employer. We are seeking a Housing Consumer Education Counselor to provide assistance to clients seeking HCEC services, including making referrals, assessing client needs and providing counseling and education to clients related to housing and utility assistance issues. Responsibilities also include working with challenging client situations; leading, co-leading and assisting in the expansion and development of HCEC workshops; outreach activities to clients
and community; managing data entry and database tracking; statistical reporting; following guidelines and requirements of HCEC funding sources; attending meetings and trainings.

HUD Contingency – How Federal Government Shut Down Effects Your Community

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In light of the Federal Government’s shut down, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued its’ contingency plan and may be viewed here.

Many providers within the Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness, including Community receive a fair portion of their funding through HUD.

October HUD payments have in many cases already been drawn down. However, if this government shut down continues into November, there will be major challenges ahead.

MA Unclaimed Property – Have You Checked Lately?

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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?

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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

978-750-1050

Merrimack Valley Elder Services

800-892-0890

Sort it Out (Natick)

508-655-3949

National Organization of Chronic Disorganization

617-328-8558

Organizing Specialists

978-828-1683

Clutter Workshop

860-232-3838

Home VNA

781-238-0209

Massachusetts Home Care

1-800-AGE-INFO

Action Emergency Homeless Shelter (Gloucester)

978-282-1000

Eric Z Disposal

866-552-8400

We Get Rid of It

781-593-5308

House Works

800-928-3393

Big Brother Big Sister Foundation

 (free pick up)

800-483-5503

Salvation Army

800-95-TRUCK

Got Books

978-664-6555

Junk Out

888-JUNK-OUT

The Wish Project (Greater Lowell)

no home pick up

978-454-WISH

Home Goods Recycling Ministries (Acton)

978-635-1710

St. Vincent DePaul  

(free pick up)

click here

Boomerangs/Aids Action Committee

 (free pick up)

617-309-7220

Savers Thrift Stores

click here

 

 

Employment Opportunities at Community Teamwork

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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
Housing Consumer Education Counselor Non-Exempt Full-Time Continue reading

Resources for Non EA Shelter/Community Rooms Placement

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Resources for Non-EA Shelter/Community Rooms Placement

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Leominster

978-840-9500

 

Worcester

508-798-6732

 

Natick

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Affordable Auto Repair – Greater Lowell

 

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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

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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