EA Benefits Training – October 12, 2012

Mass. Law Reform Institute and Mass. Continuing Legal Education present:

Friday, October 12, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Mass. Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)10 Winter Pl., Boston (Downtown Crossing)

Why attend?
This program focuses on strategies to assist families experiencing homelessness in accessing and retaining shelter, short-term housing, and services from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Trainers provide an overview of the Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter and services and the HomeBASE housing programs, including recent changes to the family homelessness system. The training will also include advocacy tips regarding the range of issues facing families at-risk or experiencing homelessness as they seek access to DHCD’s diversion, shelter, housing, and stabilization resources. The training includes an overview of the system, the application process, denials, terminations, shelter placements, and program requirements. This training is for legal
services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, and community activists who want to learn or get a refresher course on the nuts-and-bolts of the EA system and the HomeBASE program.

You will learn…

  •  How families can apply for shelter, housing, and services through DHCD
  • How DHCD makes eligibility and placement determinations
  •  How to challenge denials and terminations of shelter and short-term housing assistance
  •  Where to look for alternative resources if families are ineligible for EA shelter and resources
  •  The rights and expectations of families approved for EA and HomeBASE
  •  How you can participate in public policy advocacy campaigns related to ending homelessness and increasing access to housing and benefits


  •  General Information about the EA and HomeBASE programs and family homelessness in Massachusetts
  •  Eligibility/Ineligibility: Categorical, Financial, and Circumstantial
  •  Placements: Types, Locations, and Accommodations
  • Rights and Expectations, including Self-Sufficiency Plans
  •  Non-Compliance and Good Cause; Terminations
  •  Appeals and Next Steps
  •  Other Resources/Services
  • Legislative and Administrative Advocacy
  • “Ask the Experts” Q&A Session

Written materials will include:
Training materials include the 2012 Emergency Assistance Advocacy Guide: A Guide to Emergency Shelter and Rehousing Services for Homeless Families with Children in Massachusetts; and relevant DHCD policy notices and DTA Field Operations Memos; statewide listings for DHCD offices, family shelters, community rooms, legal services offices, etc.

Steve Valero, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston; Kelly Turley, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Lynn
Legal Services, Social Services and Community-Based Organizations ………………………………..$25
All others (e.g., private bar) ………………………………………………………………………………………$95

TO REGISTER, GO TO: MCLEEA (registration in advance or at the door).
This training is part of a series of annual basic benefits trainings offered by Mass. Law Reform Institute and Mass. Continuing Legal Education MCLE, click on Feature box for MLRI Basic Advocacy Trainings).


Check Out the Nifty New Pages Added to the MVRN Blog!

Affordable & Subsidized Housing Opportunities MV/North Shore

Greater Lowell Community Resources

Greater Haverhill Community Resources

Greater Lawrence Community Resources

Greater North Shore Community Resources

In addition, we have available Food Pantry & Meal Schedules for the above referenced regions for distribution. Please email me at kross@comteam.org and would be happy to get them out to you.

Lowell Transitional Living Center Seeking Development Officer

Lowell Transitional Living Center

Development Officer

This position reports to the Executive Director.

The Development Officer works with the Executive Director and the LTLC Board to develop and maintain a successful corporate, foundation, and individual donor solicitation program and to develop and manage a portfolio of corporate and foundation prospects and individual donors. Continue reading

Merrimack Valley Regional Network Meeting Minutes 9/17/12

Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

July 16, 2012 – Meeting Minutes

Community Teamwork, Inc. 17 Kirk St Lowell, MA


In attendance: Kristin Ross-Sitcawich (CTI) Leslies Kent (COMPASS for Kids, Jodi Hill (COMPASS for Kids), Charlie Manzi (Confort Home Care), Al Hanscom (Emmaus), Robin Pincence (Emmaus), Roland Cartier (CTI), Sandy Almonte (DTA), Carl Howell (CTI), Connie Murphy (CAI), Linda King (City of Lowell), Dave McCloskey (LTLC), Sue Fink (City of Lawrence), Melissa Glassman (Eliot CHS) Continue reading

Facing Foreclosure? Home Corps Hotline Information

Facing Foreclosure?

Contact the HomeCorps Hotline at

(617) 573-5333

Addressing the foreclosure crisis is one of the most important things we can do to restore a healthy economy. The Attorney General’s Office is launching a statewide foreclosure prevention and borrower support initiative entitled the HomeCorps.

The goal of HomeCorps is to provide help to distressed borrowers in Massachusetts who are facing foreclosure. Here is how HomeCorps can help you:

  1. If you are facing foreclosure the HomeCorps program will provide you with free legal consultation to assist you through the foreclosure process
  2. If you have gone through the foreclosure process, the HomeCorps program will provide you with an advocate who will help you
    1. access housing
    2. try to maximize your income through a detailed program search
    3. with financial counseling

Funding is available through the HomeCorps program to help you with securing housing.

You must register with the AGO program through the hotline 617-573-5333 or online here

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program Now Accepting Applications

VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011 Get the assistance and job training you need to get a job

The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, provides seamless transition for Service members, expands education and training opportunities for Veterans, and provides tax credits for employers who hire Veterans with service-connected disabilities. Continue reading

MRVP Supportive Housing RFR Posted on COMM-PASS

The MRVP Supportive Housing Initiative RFR is now published on the Comm-PASS website (www.comm-pass.com).  You can search for it under Solicitation Document Number DHCD2013-07S.

Here is the procurement calendar for your reference.

Date RFR issued:  September 17, 2012

Deadline for written questions:  Friday, September 28, 2012, at 12:00PM

Respondents’ Conference:  Thursday, October 4, 2012, 10:00AM-12:00PM (Conference Room D, 2nd floor)

Deadline for publishing conference minutes and question & answer document on Comm-PASS:  Monday, October 8, 2012, at 4:00PM

Deadline for responses:  Friday, October 19, 2012, at 3:00PM


Please feel free to redistribute this to any interested parties.


Please only submit written questions to the contacts listed in the RFR.