Springfield/Hampden CoC: Seeking Your Input on Performance Goals

The Springfield/Hampden County CoC Performance and Outcomes Committee has been working very hard the last two months to create performance goals for our CoC. Over a number of meetings, the committee has thought about the individual program goals that will lead to overall system success, has reviewed data on current performance, and has considered appropriate goals for programs to strive for.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN.  We’d like feedback on the draft goals, from the whole community, but especially from the programs that serve homeless people and will be measured.

Click to see CoC Draft Performance Goals for Public Comment.

Please provide comments to Gerry McCafferty (via email–click link to open email address) by September 18, 2015.

The Committee will review comments, make any final edits, and then recommend that the CoC Board of Directors adopt the goals at the Sept. 25, 2015 Board meeting.

CT Declares End to Chronic Veteran Homelessness

Connecticut is First State in America to End Chronic Veteran Homelessness

State Receives First-in-the-Nation Designation from Federal Government in Response to Positive Housing Efforts

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State of Connecticut has been designated by the federal government as being the first state in the nation to have ended chronic homelessness among veterans.

Last year, Governor Malloy announced several initiatives aimed at combatting veteran homelessness with the goal of ending homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015.  The state has since made major investments in housing, becoming a national leader for its work.

Ending chronic homelessness among veterans is a milestone for Connecticut in its efforts to end homelessness entirely among veterans by the end of the year.  Connecticut is one of just a handful of states designated for, and participating in, the Zero:2016 initiative, which aims to end all chronic homelessness by the end of next year.  Today’s announcement means that all known veterans experiencing chronic homelessness are either housed or are on an immediate path to permanent housing, and that the state will be able to rapidly place any veteran who newly experiences chronic homelessness on the path to permanent housing.  Chronic homelessness is defined as an individual with a disability who has been homeless for a period of at least one year or has experienced four separate episodes of homelessness in the past three years.

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Residency restrictions for sex offenders struck down

On Friday, August 28, the MA Supreme Judicial Court issued a ruling that struck down residency restrictions for sex offenders.  This Boston Globe article reported:

Cities and towns cannot ban sex offenders from living near parks and schools, the state’s high court said Friday, in a sharply worded ruling that could invalidate local laws in 49 municipalities from Springfield to Fall River.

The Supreme Judicial Court’s unanimous decision likened the restrictions to two dark chapters in American history: the forcible removal of Indian tribes in the 19th century and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

“Except for the incarceration of persons under the criminal law and the civil commitment of mentally ill or dangerous persons, the days are long since past when whole communities of persons, such as Native Americans and Japanese-Americans, may be lawfully banished from our midst,” Justice Geraldine S. Hines wrote.

Read more here.

The Network’s Work Group to House People with Sex Offense Histories applauds this decision as an important step in the direction of evidence-based policy that will promote the greatest public safety for all.




Western MA Veteran Expo and Job Fair: Provider Sign-up Now!


Please join us for the 2nd Annual Western Mass Veteran Expo & Job Fair 
October 1st from 10:00 am – 4:00 p.m.
MassMutual Center generously donated 40,000 square feet for this wonderful event.
Vendor Registration is FREE – Provider Form DUE by SEPTEMBER 1st.
(vendor organizers will contact you with details regarding logistics).

Last year was a huge success with nearly 1,000 people attending.
Come for the networking opportunities with other Veteran resource vendors and share your resources with Veterans, military members and their families.
For up to date Expo details find us on Facebook at:
or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/wmassvetexpo

Thank you.

We look forward to seeing you on October 1st.


NOTE: Cut and paste the following text into the body of an email. Fill in the blanks and send to: vetexpowest@gmail.com


2015 Western Massachusetts Veterans Expo and Job Fair

Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main Street in Downtown Springfield, MA

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 10am to 4pm

1. Name of Organization:_____________________________________________________

2. Type of Service(s) Provided (Check all that apply):

__  Job Fair

__ Veterans Services

__ Legal Services

__ Educational/Professional Services

Other ________________________

Other ________________________
3. Number of Personnel Attending:_______

4. Do you require electrical plug outlet? _____ YES _____ NO

5. Equipment needed other than table and chairs/Do you require special accommodations?


6. Would your organization like to donate a raffle prize for the Expo? ____ Yes ____ No

7. Person of Contact from your organization: ____________________________________

Email Address: ____________________________________________________
Phone Number: ___________________________________________________

Company Facebook Page: ___________________________________________

Company Twitter Page: _____________________________________________