I am so terribly sorry to share the news that First Hampshire District’s State Representative Peter Kocot died yesterday after an illness. The article in today’s Daily Hampshire Gazette captures the statewide sentiment about this man of tremendous conviction, intelligence and passion to serve.
Representative Kocot’s commitment to social and economic justice also specifically included his commitment to end homelessness. He was an incredible champion of the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness as the lead sponsor of the Network’s earmark. And that leadership and support extended to the broad array of regional and statewide efforts to prevent and end homelessness across the Commonwealth.
Governor Baker has ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff until the day of interment in honor of Representative Peter Kocot.
He will be sorely missed.
Rebecca Muller, a Network Leadership Council member, asked to post this article from Nautilus Magazine, Why Poverty is Like a Disease.” Food for thought and discussion as we go forth in this work.
The Friends of the Homeless recently announced its merger with Clinical & Support Options (CSO). You can read more about it here.
News from Collin Finn at Soldier On:
Soldier On, Inc. has exciting news regarding our Chapin School project. The Commonwealth of MA had committed rental subsidies for all 43 units ! If you know of a veteran in need of affordable housing, we strongly encourage you to have them complete the attached application.
The Chapin School Veterans project, located at 40 Meadow St, Chicopee, will provide safe, affordable housing for 43 Veterans. The units are all one-bedroom units. 3 units are accessible and 1 unit is adapted for persons who require sensory accommodations.
Anticipated occupancy is June 1, 2016. As the first round of residents will be selected by a lottery, we must have completed applications returned to Soldier On, Inc. by April 25th 2016.
Please feel free to copy and distribute to any potential applicants. Additional information regarding the project can be obtained by calling me at 413-387-3639.
And from Gerry McCafferty: Please note that these units are available to all veterans, regardless of eligibility for Veterans Health Services.