Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness
December 17, 2012 – Meeting Minutes
Community Action, Inc. Haverhill, MA
In attendance: Kristin Ross-Sitcawich (CTI), Sue Fink (City of Lawrence), Jim Barnes (City of Lawrence), Patty Bergin (CHC), Anna Sonak (Jeannie Gieger), Molly Froelich (IHR), Steve Wilkins (Commonwealth land Trust), Laura Tomaszuzuk (DCF), Odilis Catalina (DCF), Bob Gould (CAI)
- Network Update from Partners –
City of Lawrence – Reporting that they are in the midst of the McKinney/NOFA application process.
Community Teamwork, Inc – HCEC staff have been deployed across the Merrimack Valley region to facilitate applications for families seeking RAFT assistance. Counselors have been sited at GLCAC and CAI, seeing applicants by appointment. Discussed the re-purposing/expansion of the Veterans Specialist role developing a partnership with Lowell Housing Authority to deliver veterans services more directly to Veterans in public housing.
Jeannie Geiger Crisis Center – reporting that the agency has federal funds from the Office of Violence Against Women to rehouse families fleeing domestic violence. These funds provide short term subsidy for families served through this program.
Commonwealth Land Trust – Just completed a $2 million renovation at Windsor House. SRO Units are available and currently seeking those with VASH vouchers to expand their service to veterans.
DCF – Reporting a steep decrease in the number of Health & Safety Assessments completed each month since new EA entry regulations were established earlier this year.
RAFT – HCEC staff have been deployed across the Merrimack Valley region to facilitate applications for families seeking RAFT assistance. Counselors will be sited at GLCAC and CAI, seeing applicants by appointment. To date, RAFT is essentially spent out. 122 families have been assisted from the Greater Lowell Area. 99 have been assisted from the Greater Lawrence-Haverhill Area. The client number is higher from Lowell but the dollar amount is much closer: It cost $271,000 to serve 122 families in the Greater Lowell area. It cost (so far) $254,000 to serve 99 families in the Greater Lawrence/Haverhill with additional funds that have been earmarked for expenditure in the Greater Haverhill/Lawrence areas.
Home Base/EA Update –
Since July 1, CTI-House of Hope-Casa Nueva-Emmaus have moved 36 families out of shelter with HomeBASE Household Assistance. We’re ahead of the statewide rate.
CTI-Emmaus have diverted 79 families from shelter at the EA door using Household Assistance. This is an extremely good number compared to the rest of the State. Emmaus in particular has done a great job. CTI and Emmaus have moved 20 families out of hotel using HB Household Assistance. Another 30 families will be moving out of hotel with MRVPs
Fireman Foundation Grant – discussion deferred to the January 2013 meeting
Subcommittee Reports – No subcommittee reports
IHR Presentation Molly Froelich presented on the community supported housing program with 81 units of permanent, recovery housing in Central and Western Massachusetts. This is a project based subsidy program with units in Worcester, Webster, Holyoke, Springfield, No. Hampton and Pittsfield. Low income, homeless households eligible for entry. Out of 81 units, there are 3 units dedicated to single individuals (households without children). Case management, weekly groups/house meetings. Participants must agree to case management to enter and remain in the project based subsidized unit.
January 14, 2013 @ 2pm
Community Teamwork, Inc
17 Kirk St Lowell, MA