Report out on Mayors/Managers Meeting with Secretary Sudders and COVID-19 Command Center

As an outgrowth of the convening of the Network’s Western MA COVID-19 Task Force, last Friday, November 20, Western MA Mayors and Town Managers and city and town staff met with Secretary Mary Lou Sudders, MEMA Director Samantha Phillips and Linn Torto, Executive Director of the MA Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness, to discuss […]


The Growing Crisis of Unsheltered Homelessness

Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) continues to provide a forum for discussing the crisis of COVID-19, cold and lack of sufficient shelter. They offer these observations below: Winter is approaching, and the shelter capacity crisis, rising unsheltered homelessness, and the lack of sufficient permanent supportive housing pose a danger to the health and safety […]

Published in Advocacy, Individual Services Committee, Training on October 30, 2020.

Network Meeting Minutes – October, 2020

Western MA COVID-19 Task Force Meeting Minutes – 10/8/20Western MA COVID-19 Task Force Meeting Minutes – 10/20/20 Family Services Committee Meeting Minutes – 10/13/20 Youth and Young Adult Services Committee Meeting Minutes – 10/28/20


Hampden County Youth Program LAUNCHES Today!

Congratulations to the Hampden County Youth Action Board and the dozens of partners who gathered today on Zoom to kick off Hampden County’s program to prevent and end youth homelessness. Check out the new website and the new flyer – please distribute widely! And if a young person in Hampden County is facing housing crisis […]

Published in Resources, Youth and Young Adult Services Committee on October 27, 2020.

Franklin/Hampshire Virtual Job Fair – 10/26-10/28

MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center brings us: OCTOBER VIRTUAL JOB FAIR Starts 9am: Monday, October 26Ends 4pm:  Wednesday, October 28 For more information on how to join this virtual event visit: www.masshirefhcareers.org These employers are actively hiring!!   Allegiance NursingAMR (American Medical Response)BHN (Behavioral Health Network)BFAIR (Berkshire Family and Individual Resources)Brattleboro RetreatCharterNEX FilmsComprehensive Home CareCooley DickinsonD’Angelo Grilled […]

Published in Career services, Resources on October 23, 2020.

Celebrate Hampden County’s Launch of its Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness – October 27

Let’s join together to celebrate the public launch of Hampden County’s Plan to Prevent and  End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness!  See below for the invitation and for quick access to the RSVP form, go to:  https://forms.gle/SFQGorAKEuXvQ3da8

Published in Youth, Youth and Young Adult Services Committee on October 16, 2020.

Financial Wellness During COVID – Reframing Benefit Cliffs with Senator Lesser and Rep. Vega – Oct. 29

Please join Springfield Partners for Community Action and Springfield WORKS/EDC for their third Opportunities for Action series: Financial Wellness during COVID: Reframing Benefit Cliffs to Support Working FamiliesFeaturing Senator Lesser, Representative Vega and Family Voices. Please click on this link to register for this event.

Published in Advocacy, Career services on October 16, 2020.

Western MA COVID-19 Task Force Meeting Minutes – 10/8/20

Please see the 10/8/20 meeting minutes of the Western MA COVID-19 Task Force here.


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