Category Archives: Training

SNAP Benefits Q&A Session: January 21, Northampton

The Northampton Next Step Collaborative (local housing and homeless service providers) are sponsoring a Q&A session on:

January 21, 2016
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Northampton City Hall, Second Floor Room 18
Northampton City Hall, 210 Main Street

Joanne LaCour, Director of the Greenfield DTA office and Kelly Lacey, Acting Director of the Holyoke office will be available to describe the changes and answer any questions you may have.

Please come!

For additional information, please contact Peg Keller at or 587-1288

WEBINAR: Defining “Chronically Homeless” Final Rule

On December 4th, HUD released the Final Rule on Defining “Chronically Homeless.” The definition goes into effect on January 4, 2016 and HUD expects all providers operating Permanent Supportive Housing dedicated or prioritized to individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness to use this definition for all new persons admitted to the program after January 15, 2016.

HUD is presenting a webinar to help all communities and stakeholders understand the new definition and associated recordkeeping requirements and to provide an opportunity to ask questions. Webinar participants will learn about the following:

  • A history of the definition of chronically homeless and the rationale for the changes implemented in the Final Rule,
  • The final definition of chronically homeless, including a highlight of the major changes, and
  • Associated recordkeeping requirements for the documentation of chronic homelessness.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is intended for CoC leadership, CoC Program recipients, and any other stakeholders in HUD Regions 1 and 2 that wish to learn about the new definition.

Presenters: Marcy Thompson and Brett Gagnon (HUD)

Resource Advisors: Lindsey Barranco, Kat Freeman, and Dan Fox (The Cloudburst Group)


Pathways to Fair Housing: November 4, 2 pm, Northampton

The Northampton Housing Partnership and Casa Latina
invite you to attend an interactive session on :

Pathways to Fair Housing
November 4, 2015
2:00 to 4:00 pm
140 Pine Street, Florence
Florence Community Center Auditorium

John Fisher of HAPHousing and Meris Bergquist of the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center will present the latest information on fair housing laws, discuss tenant and landlord issues, the eviction process, new developments on medical marijuana, service animals and reasonable accommodation and the new State law protections for victims of domestic violence.

Please join us and bring your questions !

Maternal and Child Health “Town Hall” – May 5, Holyoke Community College

Every 5 years the Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health (MDPH) undertakes a Title V Maternal and Child Health Needs Assessment.

This needs assessment is the basis for priorities that MDPH focuses on in serving families, women, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs.

There are two Town Hall meetings on May 1 and May 5 to share your ideas about how to improve services. Anyone and everyone is invited to attend in person or via webinar.  The May 5th event will take place at the Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College, 1-2:30 pm. This includes families, students, and community providers. There will be Spanish language support for the May 5th event in Holyoke. Click here for the flyer for both events.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Stetler at