Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness
May 16, 2011 – Meeting Minutes
In attendance: Pam Wool (CAI), Ed Cameron (CTI), Susan Fink (City of Lawrence), David McCloskey (LTLC), Larry Gottlieb (Eliot CHS), Patricia Bergin (CTI), Al Hanscom (Emmaus), Robin Pincence (Emmaus), Katie Cooke (Comfort Home Care), Connie Murphy (CAI), Kathy Muldoon (CTI), Christine Starrat (CTI), Ronnie Mouth (CMAA), Linda Johnson (DHCD), Melissa Berrio (DHCD), Linda King (City of Lowell), and Kristin Ross-Sitcawich (CTI).
- Network Update from Partners –
City of Lawrence – Reported that the City of Lawrence Continuum of Care has been awarded two new permanent housing programs; Home At Last and Home For Veterans. In addition, they have reported that 3 of their 8 HPRP sub-grantees are 100% expended of their HPRP funds.
Emmaus – Reported that the they have re-housed 16 families from emergency shelter this past month, fully expending their flex funds through their EA contracts.
Comfort Home Care – A home health care agency providing services around medication administration, nursing, behavior management, etc. It was reported that the agency has a seat on the City of Lawrence’s Mayor’s Health Task Force and spoke to a Mental Health Resource Fair which is set to take place on May 19, 2011 @ The Point After Club, 43 Jackson St. Lawrence, MA.
CTI – Discussed different programs that fall under Homelessness Prevention Services, more specifically, the Home Ownership programs; First Time Home Buyer, Home Modification and Foreclosure Prevention. The Network was advised that outreach efforts will commence in the coming months to provide more detailed information on these programs to our partners across the Regional Housing Network and the MVRN. Discussed the effects CSBG cuts to CAP agencies. In addition, the Network partners were informed that CTI has 63 emergency shelter units in the Lowell area, 10 families were re-housed out of emergency shelter this past month through the use of flex funds, with those funds being fully expended. Lastly, briefly discussed the potential cuts to Section 8 administration. CTI’s Resource Center reports seeing an increase in requests for utility assistance since the moratorium was listed. It was also reported that CTI has brought two new services into its HCEC/Resource Center to include a Veteran to Veteran Peer Specialist and a Representative Payee program. Continue reading