The Secure Jobs Connect Advisory Council, the Hampden County Continuum of Care and the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness are proud to announce their invitation to participate in the national  “Partnership for Opening Doors Summit” that will take place on October 16 in Washington, DC.

This summit on integrating employment and housing strategies to prevent and end homelessness, sponsored by the Butler Family Fund, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), will provide an opportunity for communities, federal government agencies, and national organizations to learn together to identify promising program practices, emerging community practices, and common misconceptions and barriers to using federal funding to support these practices.

Western Massachusetts is one of 12 communities from across the country invited to attend.  We look forward to bringing the success of Secure Jobs Connect to other communities and to federal policymakers, as well as to share challenges and bring back possible solutions and innovations.

Our regional team in attendance will include:  Lisa Lapierre, program director, Secure Jobs Connect; David Gadaire, executive director, CareerPoint, Pamela Schwartz, director, Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness and board member, Hampden County CoC, and Lynne Wallace, executive vice-president and chief operating officer, HAPHousing.

If you are interested in viewing our (draft) Community Profile that was submitted as part of our application and will ultimately be included in the summit’s national publications, please click here.

Congratulations to Western Massachusetts!

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