Effects of Sequestration
Tierney Visits Billerica Head Start Classroom to Discuss Impact
of Sequestration in the 6th District...As
part of the federal sequestration cuts, CTI's Billerica Head
Start classroom has been slated for closure next school year.
These cuts will eliminate access to care for 85 children. Congressman
John Tierney visited to answer questions from parents and constituents
about the impact of sequestration on families across the 6th
district and across the country. He was joined by Karen N. Frederick,
CTI’s Executive Director and Chris Hunt, CTI’s Early
Learning Director who discussed the challenges facing local
families as they struggle to access child care and other vital
support services for their families.
City Corps - Lowell's Urban Youth Corps Significantly Reduced...Spindle
City is a youth development partnership between CTI and the
Lowell National Parks that provides leadership training and
job skills to disadvantaged youth. As a result of these cuts
we have had to cut in half the number of young people who can
participate, from 34 last year to 17 this summer. In past years
we have also been able to provide nutrition supports to participating
teens—these supports have been completely eliminated as
a result of federal sequestration.
Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs receives a 4% cut...Foster
Grandparent and Senior Companion programs were cut by 4%. This
has resulted in one less Foster Grandparent, providing a total
of 1680 hours of service to children and one less Senior Companion,
providing a similar level of care to frail elders. In addition,
to this valuable support, each of these positions provides Senior
Corps volunteers with a stipend of approximately $4000 per year.
For those senior volunteers who receive it, this money can provide
a critical supplement to the meager fixed incomes on which many
of our seniors must survive.
Assistance Reduced Substanially...Resources
for Fuel Assistance
(LIHEAP) have been reduced substantially in recent years. These
cuts impact both the amount of aid that can be provided and
the amount of staff available to quickly process the over 13,000
fuel applications that CTI receives each year. Since FY10 we
have lost 33% of our funding for fuel assistance. In FY10 we
received $10,560,545 and in FY13 we received only $6,664,815.
As fuel prices have risen, benefit levels have dropped: In FY10,
the maximum fuel benefits were $1240 for deliverables (fuel
oil and propane) and $1055 for utilities. In FY13 these maximums
dropped to $1125 for deliverables and $635 for utility clients.
Since FY10 we have eliminated 3 fulltime positions. Additionally,
we may not be able to bring seasonal staff back in time to certify
all applications in time for the upcoming fuel season. Sequestration
places an even greater burden on this already stressed system.
Every year CTI's Fuel Assistance Program helps keep thousands
of local seniors
safe and warm in their homes!
Housing Facing Cuts...The Section 8 program, providing
rental assistance for low-income households, is also facing
cuts. DHCD has maintained an administrative reserve that they
will be able to use to cover this year’s shortfall and
avoid painful cuts for the short term. However the agency, in
partnership with the State’s Regional Housing Agencies,
are planning for difficulties as early as January. Options for
addressing the shortfall include reducing the administrative
rate paid to those who manage the program, freezing waiting
lists, increasing rents, and eliminating subsidies for those
currently receiving them. Pictured is Janet and her kids living
in safe and affordable housing thanks to Section 8 voucher.
Riverboat Fundraiser to help prevent homelessness was a big
success! Thank you to all of our Sponsors
and to everyone who purchased tickets, made donations, contributed
their time and efforts to transform the Lowell Memorial Auditorium
into a beautiful Riverboat Casino! Your donations make a world
of difference to those at-risk of homelessness.
Food Assessment: The
Food Assessment Report is a community wide study of the
food resources and needs in the City of Lowell and has involved
resources from many community partners including Community Teamwork.
The Food Security Coalition has completed a two year study and
recommendations are now being considered. For meeting times,
locations and other information about the Food Security Coalition
visit them at http://lowellfoodsecurity.wordpress.com/blog
Season Here... CTI, in partnership
with Mills42 Federal Credit Union is offering Free Tax Prepartion
for individuals who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit or
earn under $50,000 and file a basic tax return. Download the informational
flyer to find out all the details
to all of our Educational Partners including our President's
Award Honorees, our Community Service Award Honoree, Dawna M.
Perez, Ph.D. from Northern Essex Community College, and our
Marjorie McDermott Honoree, Fred Abisi from the Lowell Adult
Education Center. Check out the full listing of all of our Honorees
and Nominees. A special thank you also goes out to our sponsors
including ARAMARK, the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center,
980 WCAP Radio, Dick Lepine Real Estate, Inc., Nancy L. Donahue,
Mr & Mrs. Donald Washburn, Muldoon Brothers, Inc., Beverly
Bennett, Debra Hovanasian, and George Theodoru, Esq.
CTI is pleased to offer its four
week first-time homebuyer serminars.
Graduates of the Steps to Homeownership seminar receive a certificate
that makes them eligible to apply for Mass Housing low-interest
mortgage loans, Mass Housing Partnership soft second program
and down payment assistance programs in many Mass. cities and
towns. Upon completion of the course, participants earn a certificate
good for one year throughout the State. Check out the informational
flyer for further details on this great opportunity for
is pleased to present its 2011
Annual Report entitled Bringing Hope, Opportunity &
Strength to Our Community.
Find out what programs are available, who is eligible, which
benefits you can get, and how to apply in Massachusetts.
Service to Area Landlords and Tenants. Community
Teamwork Inc. (CTI) developed a new website designed to help
landlords showcase their vacancies and for potential tenants
to easily find them. This free service is offered to landlords
and tenants in the Merrimack Valley and the North Shore. If
you are a landlord interested in showcasing your vacancies,
please register at www.nearlistings.org
or contact Avi Glaser: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resource Network: Offering
a wealth of resources to families. Check
out CTI's newly organized Family
Resource Network combining programs such as the Children's
Collaborative CPC, the Family
Foundation Network, Financial
Literacy Academy and CTI's Individual Development
Account (IDA) program into one useful tool. Here you will
find tons of resources for parents, children and families. Check out our latest Newsletter!
Children's Collaborative CPC Program has developed a Resource
Guide for Early Childhood Professionals and the Families that
they serve. The Resource Guide
is available for downloading. (pdf format 5.60MB). Find out
more about the Children's
Collaborative CPC by visiting their web page.
groups have been active in Lowell for many years.
Here, you will find a listing of ten Neighborhood
Associations including their contact information and meeting