Category Archives: Network

NEW Network Individual and Veterans Services Meeting Structure

Following the Network evaluation process of the last few months, the Network, in collaboration with the Hampden County and Three County CoC’s, has decided to merge its Individual Services and Veterans Committee meetings with the ongoing CoC meetings in each sub-region. As a result, the next meetings will be as follows:

Individual Services

Hampden County
Tuesday, March 27
1:00 – 1:30 pm (the first part of the by-name list meeting that will end at 2:30 pm)
Friends of the Homeless
755 Worthington Street, Springfield
Three County
Monday, April 9
2:00 – 2:30 pm (the last part of the REACH meeting that starts at 1 pm)
DMH/Haskell Building, 2nd floor conference room
1 Prince Street (Village Hill Drive), Northampton
The Network agenda will include items such as state budget and policy updates, emergency shelter needs and other regional issues that arise.
Veterans Services
With input from the Three County CoC and Hampden County CoC Veterans by-name list meetings, it was decided that the goal of regional exchange could be most efficiently accomplished by adding Network business to the monthly Hampden County CoC Veterans meeting.  There is already overlap between the two CoCs at this meeting so Three County CoC decided it was sufficient to have this Network addition to just the Hampden County meeting (as opposed to the 3 County veterans meeting as well).
This meeting will take place on the first Wednesday of the month, from 2:00-2:30 pm, with the remainder of the by-name list meeting to follow from 2:30-3:30 pm.
The Committee will meet next on:
Wednesday, April 4
2:00 – 2:30 pm
Friends of the Homeless
755 Worthington Street, Springfield
The Network agenda will include items such as state budget and policy updates, Statewide Veterans Commission updates, and other regional items.
Network partners also understand this more limited meeting time suggests that special meetings will be called when there are specific topics to address. Above all, this Network collaboration is continually an evolving process that will be adapted based on what best serves the goal of productive work towards  ending homelessness in Western Massachusetts.

Art and History on SRO Housing: Friday, 3/9, Northampton

Single Room Occupancy: 
Portraits and Stories from Northampton Lodging 1976 – 2016

Opening Reception | Friday, March 9th 5-8PM
Arts Night Out

Historic Northampton
46 Bridge Street
Northampton, MA

Northampton Lodging occupied an awkward place in town. Positioned just past Hampton Court, it marked the transition from the brightly lit storefronts, galleries, and restaurants of Main and upper Pleasant Streets to the less pedestrian friendly stretch of road that connects the city to the highway.

Initially constructed in 1967 as a dormitory for the now-defunct Northampton Commercial College, in recent decades, the property offered 58 single-room rentals with common kitchens and baths.

In the fall of 2016, the building was demolished and the newly constructed, yellow brick, Live 155 has risen in its place.

For the past two years, Cassandra Holden has been interviewing former residents of the Lodging and members of the community about what it was like to live in and/or interact with that place. The stories of camaraderie and mutual support stand in stark contrast to those found in the police blotter.

Photographer Paul Shoul got to know many of the former residents and captured thoughtful portraits of them just before they were relocated.

The exhibition, which will run from March 9th – June 10th, traces the waning years of boarding house living in Northampton and raises questions about how we enfold those at the edges of our community.

This project was made possible with the generous support of Way FindersNorthampton Arts Council, and Historic Northampton.

Network Request for Consultant Bids – Responses Due 12/15/17

The Network has issued this Request for Bids to provide the Network assistance in evaluating and determining its path forward as it continues to provide the collaborative vehicle for preventing and ending homelessness in the Western MA region. Please click here to learn more.  Deadline is 12/15/17.

Please contact Pamela Schwartz, Network Coordinator, at with any questions.