Merrimack Valley Regional Network Meeting Minutes 1/14/13

Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

January 14, 2013 – Meeting Minutes

Community Teamwork 17 Kirk St. Lowell, MA

In attendance: Kristin Ross-Sitcawich (CTI), Sue Fink (City of Lawrence), Jim Barnes (City of Lawrence), Patty Bergin (CHC), Steve Wilkins (Commonwealth land Trust), Bob Gould (CAI), Connie Murphy (CAI), Roland Cartier (CTI), Melissa Glassman (Eliot CHS), Sandy Almonte (DTA), Evelyn Friedman (GLCAC), Susan Rourke (Billerica HOC)

Network Updates:

  1. Network Update from Partners

City of Lawrence – Completing the CoC application. Also applying for Balance of State CoC funds

Community Teamwork, Inc – Discussed new initiative with Lowell Housing Authority involving direct service to veterans in public housing.

Community Action Inc – EFSP/FEMA funds are in also working on RAFT applications with families from Greater Haverhill.

Commonwealth Land Trust – Currently have vacancies with an emphasis on veterans

Eliot CHS – Reporting the availability of ESG funds to re-house homeless individuals who have behavioral health issues.

RAFTRAFT funds initially awarded, have been expended in full. DHCD will reallocate RAFT funds to CTI from other agencies that are currently underspent. Unsure at this point as to the amount of funds that will be made available for expenditure the Merrimack Valley

Home Base/EA UpdateDiscussion deferred

Fireman Foundation Grant – Discussion deferred

Subcommittee Reports – No subcommittee reports

New Business – None

Next meeting:

February 25, 2013 @ 2pm

Greater Lawrence Community Action, Inc

305 Essex St Lawrence, MA

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