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
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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.
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Assistant Director of Housing Supports (Programs)
MBHP is a non-profit agency and is the largest regional provider of rental assistance in Massachusetts. We serve approximately 8,800 tenants and 4,000 property owners with rental assistance in 29 communities and the city of Boston.
MBHP’s mission is to ensure that the region’s low- and moderate-income individuals and families have choice and mobility in finding and retaining decent affordable housing; all of our programs and initiatives are designed to encourage housing stability, increased economic self-sufficiency, and the enhanced quality of the lives of those we serve. To achieve our mission and to promote efficient service delivery, we work collaboratively with a broad array of service providers and neighborhood-based organizations.
The Assistant Director of Housing Supports will assist in the oversight of all MBHP Housing Supports Activities with a focus on the HomeBASE, HCEC, and RAFT programs. As such, the Assistant Director will be knowledgeable of all of the departments’ program rules, regulations and requirements as stipulated through various funding sources. This will include, but not be limited to, pertinent program regulations and requirements of the Department of Housing and Community Development, HUD, The City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) and other federal, state, and private funders. S/he will also accept primary responsibility for the advancement of internal/interdepartmental communication systems and opportunities. S/he will also oversee, and ensure implementation of the department’s staff training. S/he will share supervision of the program managers with the Director of Housing Supports, dependent on programs and program needs. Finally, the Assistant Director will work closely with the Director of Housing Supports to assess and develop new and innovative opportunities for the clients of the various Housing Support teams. Continue reading
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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.