EA Benefits Training


Mass. Law Reform Institute and Mass. Continuing Legal Education present:
ASSISTING FAMILIES EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS:
EA SHELTER & BENEFITS

Friday, October 12, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Mass. Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)10 Winter Pl., Boston (Downtown Crossing)

Why attend?
This program focuses on strategies to assist families experiencing homelessness in accessing and retaining shelter, short-term housing, and services from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Trainers provide an overview of the Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter and services and the HomeBASE housing programs, including recent changes to the family homelessness system. The training will also include advocacy tips regarding the range of issues facing families at-risk or experiencing homelessness as they seek access to DHCD’s diversion, shelter, housing, and stabilization resources. 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 or get a refresher course on the nuts-and-bolts of the EA system and the HomeBASE program.

You will learn…

  •  How families can apply for shelter, housing, and services through DHCD
  • How DHCD makes eligibility and placement determinations
  •  How to challenge denials and terminations of shelter and short-term housing assistance
  •  Where to look for alternative resources if families are ineligible for EA shelter and resources
  •  The rights and expectations of families approved for EA and HomeBASE
  •  How you can participate in public policy advocacy campaigns related to ending homelessness and increasing access to housing and benefits

Agenda

  •  General Information about the EA and HomeBASE programs and family homelessness in Massachusetts
  •  Eligibility/Ineligibility: Categorical, Financial, and Circumstantial
  •  Placements: Types, Locations, and Accommodations
  • Rights and Expectations, including Self-Sufficiency Plans
  •  Non-Compliance and Good Cause; Terminations
  •  Appeals and Next Steps
  •  Other Resources/Services
  • Legislative and Administrative Advocacy
  • “Ask the Experts” Q&A Session

Written materials will include:
Training materials include the 2012 Emergency Assistance Advocacy Guide: A Guide to Emergency Shelter and Rehousing Services for Homeless Families with Children in Massachusetts; and relevant DHCD policy notices and DTA Field Operations Memos; statewide listings for DHCD offices, family shelters, community rooms, legal services offices, etc.

FACULTY
Steve Valero, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston; Kelly Turley, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Lynn

Tuition
Legal Services, Social Services and Community-Based Organizations -$25
All others (e.g., private bar) -$95

TO REGISTER, GO TO: MCLEEA (registration in advance or at the door).
This training is part of a series of annual basic benefits trainings offered by Mass. Law Reform Institute and Mass. Continuing Legal Education (www.mcle.org, click on Feature box for MLRI Basic Advocacy Trainings).

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