COVID-19 Impact Survey Deadline Extended to 10/30

The MA Department of Public Health has extended the deadline to complete the COVID-19 Impact survey with a special push to reach more priority populations (e.g., people of color, young people, people with primary language other than English, formerly incarcerated people) in targeted communities, including Springfield and Holyoke. Please see these quick links below and […]

Published in Network on October 21, 2020.

Two very fond farewells: Joanne Campbell and Peter Gagliardi

I know I am speaking on behalf of our entire Network when I relay our heartfelt gratitude to both Joanne Campbell, Executive Director of Valley Community Development Corporation, and Peter Gagliardi, Executive Director of Way Finders as they approach their retirement (last day today!) and herald the start of a new chapter in their lives. […]

Published in Network on June 30, 2020.

Today’s Network Event: Combating Structural Racism, Advancing Equity, Ending Homelessness

Earlier today, the Network hosted its “Different Kind of Resource Fair” – made different by its virtual experience, combined with this moment in history. We were pleased to host 165 people on Zoom, including the DHCD Undersecretary, 16 legislators, 4 mayors and 150 Network partners. We affirmed our commitment to combat the structural racism that […]

Published in Network on June 5, 2020.

Governor Baker Announces Housing Stability Measures

March 25: From the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED): The Baker-Polito Administration announced steps to keep vulnerable families in their homes, preserve the health and safety of low-income renters and homeowners, and prevent homelessness due to reduced or lost income. These steps include the following: MA DHCD is issuing guidance recommending that all […]

Published in Network on March 26, 2020.

Community Evaluators needed for families experiencing homelessness

Please read below for this meaningful (and compensated) opportunity from the MA Dept. of Public Health: The MA Home Visiting Initiative and the Maternal Child Health Block Grant, both at the MA Department of Public Health, are undertaking a statewide Needs Assessment, facilitated by research partners Tufts Interdisciplinary Evaluation Research (TIER).   The overarching goal of […]

Published in Network on July 8, 2019.

Network Letter in Support of Amherst Affordable Housing Development

The Valley Community Development Corporation is proposing to develop 28 supportive studio units of affordable housing in Amherst. Unfortunately, some residents of the neighborhood are organizing intensely in opposition. Below is the text of a letter the Network sent to the Amherst Town Council, FYI. The Town of Amherst is hosting a COMMUNITY FORUM: Monday, […]

Published in Advocacy, Network on June 12, 2019.

The Network at Work: Providers and Legislators Gather in Partnership to End Homelessness

Yesterday, on June 10, 2019, close to 200 people gathered at Holyoke Community College for the Network’s 3rd annual Housing/Homelessness Resource Fair. Over 75 providers from across the four Western counties, along with state agencies, offered information and over 100 other providers arrived to collect it. The morning kicked off with a brief program welcoming […]

Published in Network on June 11, 2019.

Community Health Investment Session: June 11, Northampton

An invitation from Mass. Department of Public Health:Are you working on racial justice to help improve health equity in your community?Is your organization concerned about how issues like poor housing or educationalopportunities are impacting the health of your family and friends?We want to hear from you! Western Region Meeting:Tuesday, June 115 pm – 7:30 pmSmith […]

Published in Network on May 29, 2019.

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