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<ul><li><p>Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness</p></li><li><p>Network DiagramLeadership CouncilFiscal Sponsor - PVRVCService CoordinationData &amp; Performance MeasurementCommunity EngagementFamiliesIndividuals</p></li><li><p>Affiliated Committees &amp; WorkgroupsWestern Mass Interagency CouncilThree Continua of CareRegional Faith-Based Action InitiativeSupportive Housing Development Committee</p></li><li><p>Western Region ICHH Funding18 month pilot project310 Families38 Individuals</p></li><li><p>Innovations for serving families</p><p>Assistance at multiple front door entry points (DTA/DHCD offices, Housing Court)Virtual and site-specific intakeIntegrated assessment process to ensure that the right resources are targeted to homeless and at-risk families as quickly and efficiently as possibleCollaborative agency review of homeless families, maximizing use and distribution of available resourcesWorking with housing authorities to support at-risk families</p></li><li><p>Family Service ProvidersHampden County</p><p>HapHousing, Inc. (also serving Hampshire County): 155 families80 Tier 1, 58 Tier 2, 17 Tier 3 and Tier 4</p><p>Valley Opportunity Council: 40 families20 Tier 1, 20 Tier 2</p><p>New England Farm Workers Council: 35 families20 Tier 1, 15 Tier 2</p></li><li><p>Family Service ProvidersHampshire and Franklin CountyCommunity Action: 18 families10 Tier 1, 8 Tier 2</p><p>Franklin CountyFranklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority: 22 families10 Tier 1, 8 Tier 2, 4 Tier 3 and 4</p><p>Berkshire CountyBerkshire Housing Development Corporation (via HAP as fiscal agent): 40 families10 Tier 1, 8 Tier 2, 4 Tier 3 and 4</p></li><li><p>Innovations for serving individualsExpanded REACH (Regional Engagement and Assessment for Chronically Homeless) programHUD Shelter Plus Care subsidies for permanent affordable housing to assist hard-to-serve homeless persons with disabilitiesProject based program offering greater control and flexibility for lower threshold housingIncreased case management offering greater coverage and flexibility including after hours coverage</p></li><li><p>Individual Service ProvidersHampden CountyMental Health Association: 11 individualsIn Springfield, all Tier 4</p><p>Hampshire and Franklin CountyServiceNet: 12 individuals 6 in Hampshire, 6 in Franklin; 8 Tier 3, 4 Tier 4</p><p>Center for Human Development: 4 individualsIn Amherst, 1 Tier 3, 3 Tier 4Berkshire CountyThe Brien Center: 6 individuals3 tier 3, 3 Tier 4</p></li><li><p>Leadership CouncilChair: Dr. Evan Dobelle, President, Westfield State CollegeVice-Chair: Lynne Wallace, Principal, Dietz &amp; Co. ArchitectsFr. Stan Aksamit, Our Lady of PeacePaul Bailey, Springfield Partners for Comm. ActionJane Banks, Center for Human DevelopmentAndrew Baker, Hilltown CDCTim Brennan, Pioneer Valley Planning CommissionRebecca Caplice, Greenfield Savings BankMartin Chaisson, INOE TechnologiesDave Christopolis, Berkshire Comm. ActionSteve Como, Soldier OnKathy Damon, The Carson Center for Human ServicesSenator Ben DowningLinda Dunlavy, Franklin CR Council of GovtsJudge Robert Fields, W. Div. Housing CourtBob Fleischner, Center for Public RepresentationDavod Gadaire, CareerPointPeter Gagliardi, HAPHousingJoanne Glier, Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment AuthorityBrad Gordon, Berkshire County Regional Housing AuthorityChris Haley, The Brien Center</p><p>Steve Huntley, Valley Opportunity CouncilLori Ingraham, Easthampton Savings BankPeg Keller, City of NorthamptonJohn Klenakis, UMASS Donohue InstituteCharlie KnightGerry McCafferty, City of SpringfieldBetty Medina Lichtenstein, Enlace de FamiliasAndrea Miller, ServiceNetAndrew Morehouse, Food Bank of W MassRebecca Muller, GrantsWorkYasmin Otero, Dept. of Transitional AssistanceJoe Peters, Universal PlasticsJerry Ray, Mental Health AssociationTom Salter, New England Farm Workers CouncilJane Sanders, Community ActionLinda Stacy, United Way of Franklin CountyLiz Sullivan, Dept. of Mental HealthMayor Mike Sullivan, City of Holyoke</p></li><li><p>Service Coordination: to maximize the effective and efficient delivery of services to homeless families and individualsFamily ServicesIndividual Services</p><p>Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month,1-3 pmDTA Office, Holyoke</p><p>All providers serving families welcome.</p><p>Monthly meetings on a county basis, coordinated by David Modzelewski of DMH.</p><p>All providers serving individuals welcome.</p></li><li><p>Data and Performance Measurement: to oversee data collection and evaluation systemsHas not yet convened. Applications for Data Analyst position due 9/14.</p><p>Current members (based on previous LC meeting):Tim Brennan, Pioneer Valley Planning CommissionDave Christopolis, Berkshire Community ActionLori Ingraham, Easthampton Savings BankCharlie KnightOthers?</p></li><li><p>Community Engagement: to market and expand Networks reach and impactHas not yet convened. </p><p>Current members (based on previous LC meeting):Paul Bailey, Springfield Partners for Community ActionAndrew Baker, Hilltown CDCBob Fleishner, Center for Public RepresentationDavid Gadaire, CareerPointCharlie KnightMayor Mike Sullivan, City of HolyokeLynne Wallace, Dietz &amp;Co. ArchitectsOthers?</p></li><li><p>Leadership Council Membership Workgroup: to review and decide upon LC compositionConvened once by email to determine addition of ICHH funded providers to Council. </p><p>Current members (based on previous LC meeting):Martin Chaisson, INOE TechnologiesSteve Como, Soldier OnDr. Evan Dobelle, Westfield State CollegePeg Keller, City of NorthamptonMichael Konig, Westfield State CollegeJane Sanders, Community ActionLynne Wallace, Dietz &amp; Co. Architects</p><p>Recommendation: subsume into Steering Committee duties.</p></li><li><p>Steering Committee: to provide overall guidance to the Leadership Council, Coordinator and Network as a whole</p><p>Relevant criteria to consider:</p><p>Geographical diversityContinua of Care representationCommittee representation (e.g., by chairs of LC Committees, also accomplishes balance of community/provide representation)Manageable number Available for additional meetings, emails, quick turnaround time</p></li><li><p>Contact InformationTo express interest in a Committee, provide feedback or ask questions, please contact:</p><p>Pamela SchwartzDirector of Regional CoordinationWestern Mass. Network to End Homelessnesspschwartz77@gmail.com413-219-5658</p></li></ul>