Leadership Council Meeting Minutes
October 23, 2014
In attendance: Father Stan Aksamit, Our Lady of Peace Parish, Paul Bailey, Springfield Partners for Community Action, Jane Banks, Center for Human Development, Sara Cummings, Community Action, Sylvia deHaas-Phillips, United Way of Pioneer Valley, Ken Demers, BerkshireWorks, Harry Duchesne, New England Farm Workers Council, Doreen Fadus, Mercy Medical Center/Health Care for the Homeless, Dave Gadaire, CareerPoint, Brad Gordon, Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority, Jennifer Hohn, North Adams Housing Authority, Steve Huntley Valley Opportunity Council, Nat Karns, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Joanne LaCour, DTA, Kim Lee, Square One, Ann Lentini, Domus Inc., Jay Levy, Eliot CHS-Homeless Services, Gerry McCafferty, City of Springfield, Diana McClean, City of Westfield, Bill Miller, Friends of the Homeless, Dave Modzelewski, W. MA Network to End Homelessness, Andrew Morehouse, The Food Bank of Western Mass., George Ryan, Hampden County Regional Employment Board, Jerry Ray, Mental Health Association, Megan Rhodes, Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Jay Sacchetti, ServiceNet, Pamela Schwartz, W. Mass. Network to End Homelessness, Robin Sherman, Franklin Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Nancy Stoll, United Way of Berkshire County, Janna Tetreault, Community Action, Lynne Wallace, HAPHousing, Alicia Zoeller, City of Springfield
Special Guests: DHCD Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein, DHCD Associate Director of the Divison of Housing Stabilization Rose Evans, MA Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness Liz Rogers, US Interagency Council on Homelessness Regional Representative Bob Pulster
Minutes of June 25, 2014 Leadership Council meeting
Motion to approve: Jane Banks
Seconded: Jay Levy
Pamela reported on the recent trip to Washington, DC to share the success of our Secure Jobs program. Western MA was 1 of 11 communities (in the company of Chicago, LA, Twin Cities, etc) invited to attend a national summit on workforce development for homeless job seekers. Sponsored by the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, US Department of Labor, HUD and the Butler Family Fund, our team of 5 included Lisa Lapierre, SJ program director and Corporation for Public Management, Lynne Wallace, Chief Operating Officer of HAPHousing, David Gadaire, Executive Director of CareerPoint and Phyllis White, Director of Programs of Franklin Hampshire Career Center. It was a productive gathering that included concrete brainstorming of recommendations for changes in federal policy that would help reduce barriers and increase opportunities for this population. Our own Lisa Lapierre shared one of those recommendations with DOL Secretary Perez and HUD Secretary Castro directly (the Secretaries attended the event to share and receive insights). It was a very proud day for Western Massachusetts!
Pamela also reported on the FY15 state budget earmark of $125,000 to the Network to support our plan to integrate our efforts with the US Opening Doors Plan to End Homelessness. We are now navigating a technical glitch of the Network being named in the earmark but not being a 501©(3) organization (the United Way of Pioneer Valley is our fiscal agent), so now we are in discussion with our legislators who are assisting with an amendment in the supplemental budget process to correct this oversight and name United Way directly. Our legislators are optimistic this will be resolved favorably. Meanwhile, we are in the middle of the hiring process for a consultant who will lead this project and will hopefully have an outcome from this process in the next couple of weeks.