Getting close to final budget! Please comment.

The Family Group met today (Yasmin will post meeting notes later), which provided the Core Group with more detail and guidance for the budget.  The Core Group met late this afternoon via conference call to attempt to translate the conversation into a budget that meets the ICHH concerns raised during our Feb. 4 conference call.

Take a look at the next budget and scope, and please give us your feedback.  The best place to comment is here, so that anything you raise can then be commented on by others.    Feel free to comment anonymously–but comment!  If you talk with us privately, it makes it hard for us to know if your concern causes a problem for others.

We hope to submit a final budget to the ICHH on Thursday morning, 2/12.

Are You in the Network? Should You Be?

The Western Mass Homeless Coordinating Network isn’t a membership organization; it’s a loose association of agencies working to address homelessness in our region.  Agencies in the network are working to improve services to people who are experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing, homelessness.

The agencies listed in the right column under “Network Members” are those that have been attending meetings to create this collaboration.  If you work to prevent or end homelessness in Western Massachusetts, you are welcome to be a part of the network.  If you’d like to be added to the list, or want your information corrected, please contact Gerry McCafferty at gmccafferty@springfieldcityhall.com.

Springfield’s Monday Night Volunteer Street Outreach

Photos by Bob Stern / The Republican
A group of volunteers pray for and with a man known to them only as Willie, center, in downtown Springfield. The volunteers are a coalition of Christians who make a weekly Monday night search for homeless in need of assistance, during the winter.

FROM THE SPRINGFIELD REPUBICAN, 2/7/09, By PATRICK JOHNSON

SPRINGFIELD -Drunk and weaving from side to side, the man staggered along Worthington Street just before midnight. The temperature was 27 degrees. …

Increased Emergency Shelter Grant Funds Expected for Prevention & Rapid Re-House

Both House and Senate economic recovery bills include $1.5 billion for one-time grants to state and local government, to prevent people from becoming homeless or quickly re-house those who become homeless.  The funding will be distributed to cities and states based on the formula used in the Emergency Shelter Grants program.   Services will generally be provided through contracts with local nonprofit agencies. …