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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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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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Hampden County Individual Services Meeting Minutes – 7/16/19

In attendance: Pedro Alvarez, Tapestry, Grechar Aquino, FOH/CSO, Jessica Dorman, Mercy/Trinity Health,  Fina Fulla-Kay, City of Springfield, Sarah Hills, Eliot CHS, Janice Humason, FOH/CSO, Mark Jachym, FOH/CSO, Nichole King, FOH/CSO, Todd Koniezhny, Next Step Springfield, Jay Levy, Eliot CHS, John Maillet, DMH, Gerry McCafferty, City of Springfield/CoC, Lizzy Ortiz, Mercy Medical Center, Denise Rivera-Nunez, FOH/CSO, …

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Homes for Families Envisioning Day: August 15

Please see Homes for Families invitation below: REGISTER BY AUGUST 6th FOR VISIONING DAY 2019 We are excited to open up registration for Visioning Day 2019 when families and providers come together in partnership to articulate our priorities for the coming year. Strong family participation is absolutely vital! We invite families overcoming homelessness and family …

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Family Services Committee Meeting Minutes – 7/9/19

In attendance: Hillary Cronin, VA, Anthia Elliott, BHN, Kelli Kefalas, NEFWC, Fran Lemay, ServiceNet, Andrea Marion, Valley Opportunity Council, Heather Marshall, Elizabeth Freeman Center, Michelle Michaelian, BHN, Lizzy Ortiz, Mercy Medical, Marisabel Perez, CHD, Kim Saveny, Hilltown Community Health Center, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Janna Tetrault, Community Action, Lauren Voyer, Way Finders, Shelter system RFP update: …

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ACTION: Comment by July 9 to oppose HUD’s proposed changes to “mixed-status” families

From the National Alliance to End Homelessness: Comment by July 9!In May, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a rule change that would no longer allow “mixed-status” families – households with both documented and undocumented members – to qualify for federal housing assistance. This proposed rule would force families out of public …

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