Category Archives: Meeting Minutes

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:

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:


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: _____________________________________________


Job Posting: Affordable Housing Property Manager in Franklin County

for Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Join our team of affordable housing professionals! We’re looking for an energetic, friendly, highly organized person to join our property management staff at the Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Help us select tenants and ensure safe living environments. This position requires compassion for residents, including elders and persons with disabilities, while ensuring compliance with rules and regulations. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong math skills, solid judgment, professional boundaries required. Two years experience in residential property management or related field, such as hotel clerk or campus residential life strongly preferred, but we will train the right person. Must have daily access to a reliable vehicle, ability to pass criminal background check and be willing and able to travel to properties across Franklin County and respond to after-hours emergencies. Family-friendly workplace. $21/hour plus reimbursement for travel at the state rate of $.45 per mile; excellent benefit package. Visit to view the full job description. If interested, submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Property Manager Search 2015”

Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Committee Meeting Minutes – 8/19/15

Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Committee Meeting
August 19, 2015

In attendance: Lisa Goldsmith, Dial/SELF, Rani Gould, YWCA, Sarah Kline, Adams Schools, Kim Majewski, Gandara Center, Diana McLean, Westfield, Lizzy Ortiz, City of Springfield, Jean Rogers, CHD, Alicia Stacy, YWCA 

Discussion of Youth Count Surveys and Assessments:

Andrea Miller, the Three County CoC data analyst, collated the youth point in time count surveys and assessments collected across the entire region (both Three County and Hampden County CoCs) to provide a more in-depth analysis. They can be found here:

  1. All survey participants14-24 years old
  2. Homeless survey participants14-24 years old

Andrea noted that working with this data continues to be a challenge due to 1) the problems and limitations inherent in the survey design; and 2) the large number of invalid and/or ineligible surveys that are collected, input, and provided to us.

She also noted that there are fixes that could be applied so that we could collect better data with less effort, report out our local results sooner, and have more confidence in our interpretations of the results.  She is interested in submitting comments and recommendations to DHCD via this Network Committee.

The Committee expressed great appreciation to Andrea for her work and its desire to participate in this effort.

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