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National Center on Family Homelessness Funding & Partnership Opportunity 

Community Collaborative for Change

The National Center on Family Homelessness is creating the Community Collaborative for Change, a network of community and faith-based organizations in Boston's "inner core region"** that serve individuals and/or families who are homeless or at-risk of experiencing homelessness.  Agencies will be selected to participate in the Community Collaborative for Change by demonstrating a strong commitment to building their capacity to improve the outcomes for their clients, their agencies and their communities. The benefits to participation in the Community Collaborative for Change include:

  • Identification of and assistance in achieving agency-specific capacity-building needs, through individualized and group training and technical assistance.
  • Participation in peer interaction activities that will encourage cross-site learning and support.
  • A capacity-building grant of $15,000 - $20,000.

The National Center on Family Homelessness is actively seeking applicants to participate in this new capacity-building network.  To read the full announcement and download the application, please go to:  For more information, contact:

 Christina Jordan

Director, Campaign to End Child Homelessness

The National Center on Family Homelessness


 **Boston's Inner Core Region includes Arlington, Belmont, Boston (all neighborhoods), Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Milton, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Saugus, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown and Winthrop.


Boston's Rapid Response Roundtable was a rousing success!  To everyone that came - thanks for your participation.  We hope to reconvene via conference call very soon.  In the interim, we hope to turn your attention to some resources that were posted in the conference materials section of this Community of Practice.  Of course, first you have to become member and please join our community.

Some material highlights are Minnesota's "scannable" survey, Maine's transition guide, and the self-assessment tool (we encourage you to try this at home and comment about it, when you have on this post or start a discussion thread!).

Of course, please call on us if you need help accessing any of the documents.  Have suggestions for other resources.  Please upload them yourself or simply call and ask for help.

Thanks again for your participation and engery.  More materials and conversation to come...



A success! Over two hundred participants from throughout the workforce system attended the second American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Performance Accountability Forum held on December 9-10, 2009 in San Francisco, CA.


“Getting Your Questions Answered” was the theme of the forum with multiple sessions dedicated to open discussion.  Presenters gave the latest updates on 1512 reporting, revealed the newest data analysis on ARRA performance reports, reviewed the just released performance reporting clarifications, delved into those sticky issues of serving summer youth after summer, tackled the changes in the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act and much, much more.  During “Breakfast with a Performance Guru” participants had the chance to chat with a performance specialist one on one regarding any performance related topic. The closing plenary featured a rare panel with a comprehensive team of performance and reporting specialists from across the country and the National Office answering questions and discussing data.


If you missed the forum, don’t miss the information! All of the presentations are available online at:


Want to enhance the job development skills of your staff? Need ideas on increasing core job development activity and ensuring quality information sharing in your One Stops?  This featured presentation focuses on one State’s efforts to do just that through a suite of training and informational materials. Find out what they did, how they did it, and how you could benefit!


The Massachusetts’ Core Job Development Training launched by the Division of Career Services sought to meet the changing needs of customers, staff, and employers by enhancing core job development and knowledge sharing.  The mission was to create a consistent, yet flexible, customer driven approach to services throughout the state for both Career Service audiences – job seekers & employers.  Parallel to working with the job seeker, Massachusetts wanted to learn more about employer needs in a continued effort to exceed both groups’ expectations. Learn and discuss their strategies, how they implemented them, and tips you can take home.




In its agricultural sector Puerto Rico is challenged by the mountainous terrain of the island's center. This challenge has given rise to hydroponics which relies on water rather than soil to produce crops. A summer youth hydro-farming project was developed in part with Recovery Act funds to teach hydroponics to over 1,000 youth in rural communities. Focusing on the production of cilantro and other herbs, youth acquired skills in germination, seed development and plant rotation. In addition, participants were taught water management, hydroponic skills and were exposed to all aspects of agricultural business operations.

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