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MLRI: Assisting Families Experiencing Homelessness

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    This program focuses on strategies to assist families experiencing homelessness in accessing and retaining shelter, short-term housing, and services from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC). Trainers provide an overview of the Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter and services program, including current restrictions on access to EA shelter. The training also includes advocacy tips regarding the range of issues facing families at risk or experiencing homelessness as they seek access to EA shelter and the HomeBASE program. The training includes an overview of the system, the application process, denials, terminations, shelter placements, and program requirements.

    This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, and community activists who want to learn about the nuts-and-bolts of the EA system and the HomeBASE program. Training materials include the Emergency Assistance Advocacy Guide: A Guide to Emergency Shelter and Rehousing Services for Homeless Families with Children in Massachusetts. 

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    • 9:30am - 9:40am

      Welcome and Introduction

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    • 9:40am - 9:45am

      General Information about the EA Shelter System and Resources for Families with Children Experiencing Homelessness

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      Andrea M. Park, Esq., MLRI , Boston
      Catherine Ady-Bell, Esq., Central West Justice Center , Worcester
      Elizabeth Alfred, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services , Boston
      Talya Guenzburger, Greater Boston Legal Services , Boston
      Kelly Turley, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless , Lynn
    • 9:45am - 10:50am

      How to Apply for Shelter

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    • 10:50am - 11:00am

      Break

    • 11:00am - 11:45am

      Assisting Families Experiencing Homelessness: Introduction to Noncompliances and Terminations

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    • 11:45am - 12:30pm

      Lunch

    • 12:30pm - 12:45pm

      Assisting Families Experiencing Homelessness: Language Access

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    • 12:45pm - 1:05pm

      Assisting Families Experiencing Homelessness: HomeBASE Basics

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    • 1:05pm - 1:30pm

      Assisting Families Experiencing Homelessness: RAFT and Other Resources

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    • 1:30pm - 1:45pm

      Assisting Families Experiencing Homelessness: Legislative Victories and Advocacy

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    • 1:45pm - 3:00pm

      Questions and Discussion

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    Catherine Ady-Bell, Esq., Central West Justice Center, Worcester
    Elizabeth Alfred, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
    Talya Guenzburger, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
    Kelly Turley, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless , Lynn
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