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New Housing for Homeless Veterans in Chicopee

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.

EOHHS announces Consortium and Youth Services Funding Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: EOHHS Announces $1.9 Million in Statewide Grants to Address Housing Instability

BOSTON – The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) announced today it awarded $865,000 in funding to create eight regional consortiums to provide crisis interventions services to families and individuals facing acute housing instability across the Commonwealth. An additional $1 million will be allocated to develop and implement specialized services for youth under the age of 24 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

“Over the last year, the Baker-Polito Administration has made a commitment to assisting our most vulnerable populations, including homeless families and individuals,” said Secretary Sudders. “We are dedicated to reducing the surging number of families and unaccompanied youth, who are in crisis and seek shelter. Our grant allows us to provide a coordinated response to stabilize housing and reduce homelessness in the Commonwealth.”

Under this grant, the eight chosen lead organizations are tasked with creating and assembling the regional Consortiums, which will develop a coordinated entry system, provide flexible funding for prevention and diversion services, and ensure the Commonwealth’s vulnerable homeless populations have timely and appropriate access to intervention within their local communities.  Each regional consortium is required to have representation from housing organizations, service agencies, and other entities providing support to recent and chronic homeless individuals, with a special emphasis on homeless youth.

“Our comprehensive Request for Response process identified committed organizations prepared to lead and address the issue of homelessness,” said Linn Torto, Executive Director of Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness (ICHH). “They are qualified to administer good supports within their regions. We are very pleased with the number of solid proposals received, and have recommended moving forward with all the respondents to broaden our reach of services.”

In December 2015, the EOHHS issued a Request for Responses (RFR) soliciting proposals from community-based organizations to establish local Consortiums. EOHHS has awarded contracts to eight organizations that collectively provide statewide coverage, representing urban, rural and suburban communities.  In addition, each response included a request for funding to address the unique needs of you experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness in their region.

Lead Organizations Location Allocated Consortium Funds Allocated Youth  Services Funds
Catholic Social Services Fall River $100,000 $100,000
Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc. Worcester $90,000 $150,,000
Community Action Greenfield $125,000 $150,000
City of Springfield Springfield $125,000 $150,000
Community Teamwork Lowell $100,000 $100,000
Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development Lynn $125,000 $150,000
South Middlesex Opportunity Council Framingham $100,000 $100,000
United Way of Mass Bay Boston $100,000 $100,000

 

MHSA honors Jerry Ray…Make plans to attend!

The Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA) invites you to our 13th Annual Spring Fundraising Event, Home for Good: Solutions Start Here.

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Boston

One Avenue de Lafayette, Boston

Join us as we celebrate our honorees’ outstanding contributions to ending homelessness!

2016 Honorees

Jerry Ray of Mental Health Association, Inc.
for his commitment to ending homelessness in the Commonwealth through permanent supportive housing

Santander Bank, N.A.
for partnering with and investing in social service organizations to bring innovative principles to the nonprofit sector

Goulston & Storrs
for their dedication to making a difference through pro bono legal work and public service

Tickets and Sponsorships

Show your support for our honorees’ efforts to end homelessness by purchasing your ticket or becoming a sponsor today! For more information about sponsorship levels, click here.

Buy Tickets Today!

About the Event

Funds raised through Home for Good: Solutions Start Here help revolutionize how we address homelessness in Massachusetts. With your support, we can continue working with our partners to help those experiencing homelessness move off the streets, out of shelters and into their own homes.

This event will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Boston, located in Downtown Crossing, and will feature an awards presentation with a cocktail reception serving hearty hors d’oeuvres.

Business attire.

MA Selected as 1 of 10 States for Job-Driven SNAP Employment and Training

 Please see the press release below from the USDA announcing Massachusetts’ selection to participate in employment and training program for SNAP recipients.  This additional job development resource is also great news for homelessness prevention efforts.

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 10 states have been selected to take part in SNAP to Skills, a first-of-its-kind, peer-to-peer effort to help state agencies design improved employment and training programs for adults participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in order to help them find employment and ultimately move off the SNAP program.

“Fortunately, the economy is improving in most areas of the country, but it is still very challenging for people with limited education or more basic job skills to secure full time work and better paying jobs,” said Vilsack. “Helping SNAP recipients move off the program due to higher job earnings produces a double win for the individual household and for the economy as a whole.”

States selected for SNAP to Skills include: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee. In October 2015, USDA announced that the Seattle Jobs Initiative would create an intensive technical assistance program to help states to build better, stronger Employment and Training (E&T) programs. These 10 states were chosen to participate based on their existing level of commitment and interest in expanding the SNAP E&T program, their ability to build effective partnerships with local training providers, and the availability of strong, job-driven workforce development programs in the state. The project will last two years, ending in September 2017.

E&T programs may include job search training, education activities (including basic skills training, English language learning, vocational training, postsecondary education), self-employment or on-the-job training, and job retention services.

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