Category Archives: Network

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.

Our own Jane Banks off to DHCD Leadership!

Jane Banks, a leader at Center for Human Development for over 20 years and a stalwart partner to the Network, will be joining DHCD as the new Assistant Undersecretary for the Division of Housing Stabilization (replacing Rose Evans). While her leaving CHD is such a loss for our immediate community, it is fair to say we – and the Commonwealth – have so much to gain with her in this new position.  Please see DHCD’s formal announcement below.

The Network’s Family Services Committee will have an opportunity to relay our thanks and best wishes at its meeting tomorrow.  For others who would like to send thanks and congratulations directly, please contact Jane at

Congratulations, Jane!


DHCD Announcement:

Dear Providers:

I am excited to formally announce that Jane Banks will be joining the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) as the new Assistant Undersecretary for the Division of Housing Stabilization.  Jane is coming to us from the Center for Human Development in Springfield where she worked for nearly twenty years.  While there she held leadership roles with oversight of an array of multi-services programs serving families, children and individuals. She has managed a number of programs including: one of the Commonwealths largest EA shelter programs with shelter capacity of 297 families within their portfolio, HUD funded Supportive Housing Programs, Community Housing Supportive Program for families and individuals in Northampton, a Single Room Occupancy Program, and an very successful EA diversion program.

We are excited to be able to draw on Jane’s extensive experience in management and supervision, program development as well as her deep understanding of housing and homelessness, ranging from emergency shelters to permanent supportive housing

I know you will be as thrilled as I am that Jane has accepted the Assistant Undersecretary position.  She will be transitioning into her new role on July 31st.

Please anticipate that Jane will be reaching out to you all, once she arrives at DHCD.

Ita Mullarkey

Associate Director

Division of Housing Stabilization


Important Correction: Network Funding Cut

An announcement from the Western MA Network to End Homelessness Leadership Council Chair Andrew Morehouse:

I am writing to inform you that much to our surprise, the Network’s earmark funding for Fiscal Year 2017 was actually cut through the Governor’s 9C budget authority.

This cut had not been recorded in any public documentation, which was the source of the Network’s misunderstanding. After sharing the “false positive” news on this blog last week, we received a call from DHCD advising us of the administrative error. We have since received more verbal confirmation and still await written record of the actual correction. Our big mistake!

The Network Steering Committee and Leadership Council will start planning for this funding loss now.  Based on an analysis of expenditures, revenues to date and cash in reserves, the Network has funds to cover projected expenses for approximately three more months, which would bring us to the end of February.

While we may not know the final chapter on this year’s funding, the Network will plan accordingly.

We will be in touch as this process unfolds.


Andrew Morehouse
Executive Director
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
97 North Hatfield Road
PO Box 160
Hatfield, MA  01038
413-247-9738  Ext. #115

United Way of Hampshire County Requests Your Input

A Note from the United Way of Hampshire County:

Dear Friends and Providers,

We need your input.  Please advise us on how best to invest one million dollars over the next three years to promote financial well-being and stability in our region.

From your positions, both as community service providers and community members, you are each in a unique position to help us best understand how to support economic security in Hampshire County.  We hope you will complete the survey using the link below.  It should take about 8-9 minutes, and would be immensely value to our efforts.

Please feel free to share this link with your colleagues, clients and anyone else with knowledge of Hampshire County you think would be willing to participate.  The more participation we have the better.