Merrimack Valley Regional Network Meeting Minutes 2/25/13

Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

February 25, 2013 – Meeting Minutes

Greater Lawrence Community Action 305 Essex St Lawrence, 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), Melissa Glassman (Eliot CHS), Evelyn Friedman (GLCAC), Stephen O’Keefe (DPH/BSAS), Marissa Melendez (GLCAC), David McCloskey (LTLC), Ann Malavich (LTLC), Laura Tomaszcwk (DCF), Alexandra Saccardo (Daybreak)

Network Updates: 

  1. Network Update from Partners

City of Lawrence – Reported on the most recent PIT count with 16 unsheltered individuals accounted. This is an increase over last year which was 12.  14 males, 2 females and 1 Veteran.

Community Teamwork, Inc – Discussed upcoming changes to CTI’s Resource Center where HomeBase, Section 8, Financial Literacy, CommCet and Fuel Assistance will all work space in the Resource Center at 17 Kirk St..

Community Action Inc – processing financial assistance applications through EFSP/FEMA and RAFT. Working with Mitch’s Place to re-house homeless individuals

Commonwealth Land Trust – Currently have vacancies with an emphasis on veterans, $400 per month, prospective tenants must apply in person. 20 set aside units for chronic homeless and those with HIV.

Eliot CHS – In the process of hiring a new homeless outreach worker. Currently has funds to re-house homeless individuals in Lowell and Lawrence. Must be chronic homeless, have a psychiatric illness, income eligible and eligible for MBHP.

DCF– receives referrals from DHCD to assess homeless families entering the EA shelter system.

LTLC – Census is up with 78 sheltered in the dorms and 50-62 individuals served each evening in Winter Protocol which has resulted in a 48% increase in operational costs. 12% of those served are from the Lawrence area. LTLC requesting that communities in MV consider supporting LTLC financially as the regional homeless shelter in Merrimack Valley.

GLCAC – In partnership with CTI referring RAFT applicants. On average have about 20 individuals participate in their financial assistance workshops on a weekly basis. EFSP/FEMA for the Lawrence area is available through Catholic Charities and Salvation Army. SRO’s that had been offline are coming back online shortly. Lawrence currently has 160 SRO’s (single room occupancy) units offline due to code/inspection violations. GLCAC community resource center has been relocated from Lawrence St location to GLCAC at 305 Essex St on the 2nd floor.

Daybreak Shelter – Discussed the Home at Last and the Homes for Veterans projects.

RAFTDHCD has reallocated RAFT funds to the Merrimack Valley. CTI staff will again have a greater presence in Lawrence and Haverhill to facilitate RAFT applications

Home Base/EA UpdateDiscussion deferred

Fireman Foundation Grant – Discussion deferred

Subcommittee Reports – No subcommittee reports

New Business – None

Next meeting:

March 18, 2013 @ 2pm

Community Action, Inc

75 Elm St. Haverhill, MA


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