On January 15, the Network submitted to the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness its third quarter report for October – December, 2009.   Highlights include:

  • 105 families  provided diversion, prevention and rehousing services.
  • Provider agency staffing of DTA/DHCD offices established to provide DHCD agency staff support for diversion and prevention services.
  • 8 chronically homeless individuals housed; 6 additional  individuals with signed contracts to be housed imminently; 23 individuals actively enrolled in services leading to permanent housing.
  • Over 80 providers serving chronically homeless individuals participating in monthly meetings across 4 counties to assess needs and obtain best match for services;.
  • Additional and regularly scheduled provider staffing at the Housing Court  in Springfield, resulting in tenancy preservation for both individuals and families.
  • Awarded $33,300 by Citizens Bank to prevent/divert families from homelessness across region.
  • Hired data analyst Suzanne Smith; implementation of data sharing and tracking systems underway.
  • Coordinated publication of opinion editorials on Network mission in 4 major daily papers in 4 counties.
  • Participated in television and print coverage of United Way  of Pioneer Valley award of $60,000 to Network.
  • Created regional directory of services for diversion/prevention/rehousing services for families and individuals.
  • Convened regular monthly committee meetings of Family Services, Individual Services, Data and Performance Measurement, Community Engagement, and Steering Committee, involving a broad cross-section of Leadership Council and Network as a whole in collaborative planning and implementation.

To read the quarterly report, click here.  For a summary of committee activity, click here.  And for our Network success and challenge stories, please click here.

Needless to say, it was a full and productive 3 months and our next quarter already promises more of the same with still greater impact.  Thanks to you all for making it all possible.

Pamela Schwartz, Regional Coordinator

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