Category Archives: Training

Family Homelessness Forum: April 5, 3 pm, Springfield Sheraton

HAPHousing presents:

Services Matter:
How Housing and Services Can End Family Homelessness
A report and panel discussion by
The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth

Join us for this leadership policy forum as we address the critical issues and opportunities around the need for housing and services to end family homelessness.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Sheraton Springfield 3:00pm – 5:00pm
One Monarch Place, Springfield

Wine and cheese reception immediately following


Carmela J. DeCandia, Psy.D.
The Bassuk Center, Boston, MA

Christine Achre, MA, LPC
CEO, Primo Center for Women and Children, Chicago, IL

Alisa Thornton
Client Advocate, Doorways for Woman and Families, Arlington, VAMary E. Haskett, Ph.D.
Director, Family Studies Research Team
and Professor of Psychology, North Carolina State University, Chapel Hill, NC

MODERATOR: Lauren Voyer, Senior Vice President, Housing Support Services, HAPHousing
This forum is complimentary with limited seating — each agency
is invited to send two leaders from your organization.

RSVP by March 31, 2016
Jesuann Ortiz, or 413-233-1769

Understanding the ‘Cliff Effects’ – Conference in Boston, 3/31

Understanding and Generating Solutions to the Cliff Effects
Event Start Date: March 31, 2016 – 10 a.m.
Event End Date: March 31, 2016 – 1 p.m.
Location: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Ave #100, Boston, MA 02210

Register Now

The Center for Social Policy and Children’s HealthWatch invite you to the first event in a planned series: “Understanding and Generating Solutions to the Cliff Effect.” This interactive gathering will focus on the “cliff effect” phenomenon many families in Massachusetts face when an increase in work earnings results in a reduction of subsidies for food, housing, childcare, and other essential benefits, leaving them worse off financially. The event will allow participants to identify major issues, consequences, policies, and to start generating potential solutions to the cliff effects.

Center for Social Policy, Children’s HealthWatch, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston will present findings from our cliff effect research, while families who are directly impacted will share their experiences. Policy makers and administrators who will speak at the event will be named shortly.

Confirmed speakersJeff McCue, Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) Commissioner; Ronald G. Marlow, Undersecretary for Workforce Development at Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD); David W. Cash, Dean, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies; Ana Patricia Muñoz, Director of the Community Development Research and Communications at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Ruthie Liberman, Vice President of Public Policy at the Crittenton Women’s Union. Other policy makers and administrators who will speak at the event will be named shortly.

This event is sponsored by United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Oak Foundation,and the On Solid Ground Coalition.

Upcoming Trainings and Conferences

Below is a summary of upcoming trainings and conferences that may be of interest:

Rapid Rehousing Performance Benchmarks and Standards–  Webinar Thursday, March 24, 1 pm

New England Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference – April 7 and 8, Springfield

Network employment and housing trainings:

Sustainability of Innovative Demonstration Programs – April 12, 9:30 am

Housing and Employment for Homeless Young Adults – April 13, 9:30 am

Tenant Employment in Permanent Supportive Housing – April 13, 1:00 pm

CORI Training(6th Annual CORI Independence Day) : Learn about the CORI law and how you can seal your record and other rights. Thursday, June 23, 1 pm – 5 pm, Blunt Park, 1492 Roosevelt Avenue, Springfield MA.  Free Food, children’s activities.  For more information, contact: Keith Peters, project coordinator, 413-799-0757.

Employment Works Training Series: April 12-13, Holyoke Community College

The Network is pleased to announce a series of workshops on increasing employment opportunities for people experiencing homelessness.  We are fortunate to receive HUD funded technical assistance from a national expert, John Rio, of Advocates for Human Potential.

The Employment Works Training Series includes:

Sustaining Innovative Demonstration Programs
Tuesday, April 12
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Frost Building, Room 309
Holyoke Community College

Click here for more details and to register.

Combining Housing and Employment for Homeless Young Adults
Wednesday, April 13
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Kittredge Center, PeoplesBank Room
Holyoke Community College

Click here for more details and to register.

Tenant Employment in Permanent Supportive Housing
Wednesday, April 13
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kittredge Center, PeoplesBank Room
Holyoke Community College

Click here for more details and to register.

We are fortunate to receive this assistance as an outgrowth of the Network’s participation in the national jobs summit sponsored by the US Interagency Council on Homelessness in Washington, D.C., in October, 2014. Western Massachusetts was invited along with 11 other communities nationwide to share its success with its Secure Jobs Initiative.  We are excited to continue to grow our success through these training opportunities.

Space is limited, so please register!