Advocacy Alert: Override Votes This Weekend and Next

The formal House and Senate sessions for override votes will take place this Saturday, 7/23, and next weekend, 7/30 and 7/31 (the weekend timing is due to the national political conventions during both work weeks and the fact that overrides must be completed by 7/31).

The Network’s priorities for requested overrides include:

  • The Western MA Network to End Homelessness (7004-0102): restore funding of $125,000 in order to provide maximum collaboration and impact across the region’s four Western counties in the effort to prevent and end homelessness;
  • RAFT (7004-9316):  restore the eligibility expansion to include this vital prevention resource for the elderly, disabled and unaccompanied homeless youth; and
  • Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (7004-9024): restore the $2.4 million cut to bring this critical housing program to level funding of $90.9 million.

Also as an additional point of information, please note that funding for Craig’s Doors, which is the only individual emergency shelter in Amherst and the only behavior-based shelter in all of Hampshire County, was also vetoed by the Governor in the same line-item as the Network funding (in which all earmarks were vetoed).  While the Network has not had an opportunity to take a formal position on this veto, I wanted to make sure you were aware and ask you to consider your own action on the matter.

Please contact both your representative and senator to urge their support of these overrides. You can find your legislator contact info here: https://malegislature.gov/People

Thank you for your advocacy.

 

Springfield-Hampden CoC RFP seeking New Project Sponsor for Existing Project

The Springfield-Hampden Continuum of Care has issued an RFP for New Project Sponsor for Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless Families. The RFP seeks a new operator for an existing project that provides permanent supportive housing to eight families who have been chronically homeless.

There will be a bidders conference on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 11 am. Applications are due August 5, 2016, at 4 pm, at the Springfield Office of Housing, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., Springfield. Please see the RFP for additional information about this funding opportunity.

[Note: this announcement is also posted at the Springfield-Hampden County CoC website. It’s being double-posted here in case not everyone has moved to that site and subscribed.]

Springfield-Hampden CoC Request for Proposals for FY16 Competition: Seeking New and Renewal Projects

The Springfield-Hampden Continuum of Care has released the FY16 Request for Proposals for New and Renewal CoC Projects.

The CoC will hold a bidders conference on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 10 am at the City of Springfield Office of Housing, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., Springfield. Completed applications are due by August 12, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Please see the RFP for complete instructions.

[Note: this announcement is also posted at the Springfield-Hampden County CoC website. It’s being double-posted here in case not everyone has moved to that site and subscribed.]

 

Visit the Springfield-Hampden County CoC at our new site!

The Springfield-Hampden County CoC has established a new website/blog to serve as our local communication hub. It’s very basic at the moment, but it will be further developed in the coming weeks and months. If you are part of the Springfield-Hampden County CoC, please subscribe, so that you will stay current on news and announcements.

To subscribe, go to the site, click the words Follow This Blog, and provide your email address.

Thanks. I’m looking forward to talking with you there!