First, Next Meeting:  Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 9:30 – 11:00 am, DMH Haskell Building, Northampton (please note our earlier decision to rotate location and times on a monthly basis).

Family Services Committee Meeting Minutes:  February 9, 2010

Attendance:  JD Hebert,Berkshire Community Action Council, Marcia Crutchfield, HAP, Joanne Glier,Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Tammie Butler,Community Action, Jodi Smith,YWCA, Alicia Rodriguez, Valley Opportunity Council,  Jane Lindfors, DTA Domestic Violence unit, Fran LeMay,Greenfield Family Inn, Dave Christopolis,BCAC, Jim Reis, HAP, Sarah Slautterback, DOE, Vickie Riddle, Catholic Charities, Jane Banks, CHD, Tom Salter, NEFWC, Jessica Boatright Berman, DHCD, Donna Nadeau, DHCD, Brad Gordon, Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority, Suzanne Smith, data analyst, Pamela Schwartz, regional coordinator


Mindy Domb,SH/HIP (Statewide Homeless/HIV Integration Project). Mindy offered a summary of the free onsite trainings available to homeless service providers regarding HIV and substance abuse interventions.  To learn more about the available services, please go to:

Jessica Berman Boatright, DHCD: State HPRP: Jessica provided an overview of the state program.  Click here for the information provided.

The state HPRP funded agencies – HAP, New England Farm Workers Council and Catholic Charities – summarized their programs which will be incorporated into a soon-to-be revised resource directory.

Discussion of 2/25 meeting agenda with Bob Pulster and other DHCD staff.

  • The issue of sustainability and DHCD’s approach to it;
  • Questions and responses to recent family homelessness data pertaining to our region;
  • Prospects for implementing the South Shore triage model in the Western region.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, February 25, 10:30 am – 12 noon, Springfield Housing Department.

March meeting agenda:  agreed to host DCF representative; agreed to facilitate Mass Justice Project’s offer of a training on how tenants can help themselves during eviction proceedings on a sub-regional basis.  Pamela will connect providers from each county to MJP.

Next meeting:  Tuesday, March 9, 9:30-11:00 am, DMH Haskell Building, Northampton

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