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3 County CoC RFP Released; Annual Meeting Save the Date 9/20

The Three County CoC announces: The RFP for the Local Funding Competition for the Three County CoC has been posted to Community Action’s website at https://www.communityaction.us/threecountycoc.Deadline to apply is August 30. Questions? Contact Keleigh Pereira, Program Director, kpereira@communityaction.us, 413-376-1184 Also see below and mark your calendar please!

Three County CoC Individual Services Minutes – 7/29/19

In attendance: Elizabeth Bienz, ServiceNet, Diana Canales, CHD, Steve Connor, Veterans Services, Erin Forbush,  ServiceNet,  Chris Hughes, ServiceNet, Peg Keller, City of Northampton, Andy Klatka, ServiceNet, Jay Levy, Eliot Services,  Luis Martinez, CHD, Brendan Plante, Eliot Services, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Kate Shapiro, DMH, Susan White, LifePath, Josh Wren, ServiceNet 3 County CoC UpdatePamela reported the …

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FY20 State Budget is final and so is good news for housing and homelessness priorities!

Governor Baker signed into law the FY20 budget of $43.32 billion yesterday without any spending vetoes. This is great news for the Commonwealth in general and for housing and homelessness priorities in particular.  A reminder on a few of the highlights (see full breakdown here): Mass Rental Voucher Program: an increase to $110 million (plus …

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Forum on Opioid Crisis in Rural Communities: 9/5, UMass

Sponsored by: Join us on Friday, September 6, 2019 at the UMass Amherst Campus Center for a forum, “Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Small and Rural Communities in Western Massachusetts.” This forum will focus on the numerous ways in which the opioid crisis has impacted Western Massachusetts, with particular attention paid to the social and …

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Webinar (8/7-8/8): Ending homelessness for people with serious mental illness and substance use disorders

Please join SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network for a 2-day national online conversation about the most effective approaches to ending homelessness for individuals with serious mental illness and/or substance use disorders. The Way Home: A Virtual Summit on Homelessness, Serious Mental Illness, and Substance Use Disorders will run 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (ET) …

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The FY20 Conference Committee Budget: Good news!

Yesterday, the House and Senate voted to adopt the Conference Committee’s proposed FY20 budget. A resounding THANK YOU to our fabulous Western MA delegation for their leadership in making this budget possible. It contains significant steps forward in our mission to prevent and end homelessness, including many Network priorities: Mass Rental Voucher Program: an increase to $110 …

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Veterans Committee Meeting Minutes – 7/18/19

In attendance: Steve Connor, Western/Central Veterans Services, Craig Deraway, Soldier On, Bryan Dixon, Veterans Inc., Mike Hagmaier, Soldier On, Justin Maynard, VA, Jesus Pereira, Holyoke Veterans Services, Keleigh Pereira, 3 County CoC/Community Action, Katherine Person, Veterans Inc., Pamela Schwartz, Network, Stephanie Shaw, Chicopee Veterans Services Kate Sweetster-Owens, VA Continuum Vouchers (reported by Gerry McCafferty via email)We …

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Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Meeting Minutes – 7/17/19

In attendance:  Katy Abel, MA Department of Higher Education, Kim Borden, Berkshire Regional Housing Authority, Amber Connors, YWCA of Western MA, Emily English, Gandara Center, Rosemary Fiedler, HCC, Jill Fijal, Chicopee Public Schools, Leslie Fisher-Katz, Children’s Study Home, J. Froneberger, CHD, Lisa Goldsmith, Community Action, Kara Knott, UMass Amherst, Gretchen LaBonte, UMass Amherst, Ann Lentini, Domus, …

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