Merrimack Valley Regional Network Meeting Minutes 7/18/11

Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

July 18, 2011 – Meeting Minutes

Community Teamwork, Inc, 155 Merrimack St Lowell, MA

In attendance: Larry Gottlieb (Eliot CHS), Patricia Bergin (CTI), Connie Murphy (CAI), Kathy Muldoon (CTI), Christine Starrat (CTI), Ken Link (VA), Ed Cameron (CTI, Karen Frederick (CTI) June Messina (House of Hope), Melissa Glassman (Eliot CHS), Anjuli Ferreira (Horizons for Homeless Children), Barbara Warren (CTI), Jackie Hayes (Lowell House), Triox Bettencourt (IHR) Carl Howell (CTI)  and Kristin Ross-Sitcawich (CTI).

Network Updates:

  1. Network Update from Partners

CTI – Discussed ongoing efforts with the Regional Housing Network to create and implement the Home Base program in the Northeast region.

CAI – Advised the group that their new drop in site is located at 44 Friend St., Amesbury. Additionally it was reported that CAI does not currently have any client service funds.

Eliot CHS – Continue to welcome referrals for the CSPECH program. Larry introduced Melissa Glassman, the new Northeast Regional Manager. She will be based out of DMH in Lawrence, MA.

Bedford VA/VASH program – Reporting that there are 50 VASH vouchers that will be made available through the Bedford VA in August. An informational meeting for Veterans on VASH vouchers will be held on 8/10/11.

Lowell DTA – Reporting that CIES and Young Parent Program was funded. DTA clothing allowances have been decreased from $150 to $40 annually.


Horizons for Homeless Children – partnering with emergency homeless shelters across the state to provide volunteer support to families in these shelters.

Lowell House – Dianna Carroll is the acting executive director at Lowell House. The Darby Drop in Clinic has just opened its doors and is located at Lowell House on Merrimack St. This is a partnership with Lowell Community Health Center where counseling, testing for HIV, needle disposal kiosks are available.

Institute for Health & Recovery – Project HEAL (Shelter+care) program will be moved to the Balance of State and will become a part of Lowell’s Continuum of Care.

New Business

HomeBase – Discussed the framework by which HomeBase will operate. There are currently 237 shelter units across the region. Diversion will be hold the greatest priority under Home Base where young parents, under the age of 21, victims of domestic violence, fire or flood would be allowed entry into emergency shelter services. Eligibility for EA services and diversion remains the same as it has historically. There will a big emphasis on the front doors of the system in the Lowell and Lawrence TAO offices. Tenants accepted into Home Base will be responsible for a portion of their rent and continuance in the Home Base will be determined based on compliance with their portion of their rent, entry into education, employment or workforce training programs. Home base program set to roll out on 8/1/11.


  1. Sub – Committee– no subcommittee reports at this time


Next Meeting

August 15, 2011 @ 2pm

Greater Lawrence Community Action

305 Essex St., Lawrence, MA

4th Fl. Conf.


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