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Anita - Sat, Apr 24, 2021, 7:06 P
Landlords Perspective
I would like to recommend a "My Turn" article in the Greenfield Recorder April 24. Jasper Lapienski points out that, "housing is not out of control, we are". There are empty units throughout Franklin County, Massachusetts and the nation that can not be used because of insurance requirements, building codes and expectations about what people need to live, comfortably.
I personally rent four units in my home. I have lived with the drug addicted, alcoholic, incarcerated, hoarders, self-abusers, and people with scary tempers. Mostly I love what I do and the people I meet, but when it goes badly it can be devastating to the balance of the whole. I am not a social worker. When I encounter people struggling with mental illness, I have to trust my own instincts to manage it, and I'm good at it, but I'm not a social worker. I've had to remove people with no place to go, I've had to remove truck loads of trash and feces left behind. I have had to empty rooms of furniture, mattresses, etc... due to damage of the tenants who struggle with day to day basic skills. I hear people wanting landlords to be more open and accepting and I have seen the property damage tenants leave behind when things go wrong and there are evictions. We're all covering our asses as fast as we can because being responsible will cost you dearly.
 
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adminSusan - Sun, Apr 25, 2021 10:11 A
Thank you, Anita. Although I am not presently a landlord I was one for more than 30 years. In that time, I had my share of "tenants from hell" . It is true that there are people who are disrespectf ....
sbrownanson - Fri, Apr 23, 2021, 1:30 P
Living The Outskirts Society Chat Notes
I am sharing the notes from the chat of the workshop entitle LIVING ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF SOCIETY: Stigmatization of people in re-entry from incarceration and recovery. If you would like to view a recording of the workshop, that is here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VolVJX4T-Q

From Your FCCPR Host to Everyone : 1.) Think about why you’re here, what you might want to contribute?
2.) What is the change you want to make?
3.) What are the steps to do that?
***This may get uncomfortable for you…..stay with it anyway***

4.) Think about people you know who have influence

5.) What could you ask of yourself, of them?
6.) Are you willing to have accountability buddy? * Exchange contact info - Have 3 strategies for follow up to report back to larger workshop

From Trenda | Compost Co-Op | she/her to Everyone : First let’s take a deep breath, notice your space- the things in your space - the energy of the space you are in.
Next notice your body, the places in your body that feel most at ease, places where tension or discomfort may be. Notice your breath.
I invite you back to this practice of just simply noticing throughout our time together. Notice when things shift- perhaps make a note of it for yourself for further reflection
This evening as we talk about access to housing and things that might prevent one from having it- I invite you into deep presence, deep breath, deep compassion, and free, creative, and strategic thought

From GeorgeTouloumtzis,Greenfield to Tech Support - Gabbi(Direct Message) : Oops...hi, Gabbi I work at the CSO Respite program, and one barrier I've noticed is that it often takes a seemingly inordinate amount of time for those who are leaving incarceration to get their Social Security benefits -- which they were getting prior to incarceration -- reinstated. I would like to ask Jen if there's a way to fast-track/streamline this process. thanks! George


From Mary McClintock to Everyone : If you are interested in joining the Franklin County Transition from Jail to Community Task Force, please email me at mmcclintock@communityaction.us …. all are welcome.

From Amiee Ross to Everyone : ty fur your share and standing up and out katie
From Megan McDonough to Everyone : How do you get a housing navigator to work with?

From Mary McClintock to Everyone : Megan, do you mean how does someone connect with Sonia to get help with housing? or ?

From Susan Triolo to Everyone : Trenda, i love your energy
From Kaydance Scotto to Everyone : yeah I am so pumped right now. really grateful for Trenda’s charge!

From Tech Support - Gabbi to Everyone : 1.) Think about why you’re here, what you might want to contribute?
2.) What is the change you want to make?
3.) What are the steps to do that?
***This may get uncomfortable for you…..stay with it anyway***

4.) Think about people you know who have influence

5.) What could you ask of yourself, of them?
6.) Are you willing to have accountability buddy? * Exchange contact info - Have 3 strategies for follow up to report back to larger workshop

From Peggy Vezina to Everyone : Just getting started Group 2. Thanks! Great ideas!

From Gwen Nabad to Everyone : HUGE advocate for healing in the garden and improving our immune systems and growing beautiful food that historically has been made unavailable or for a very high price with no nutritutional value!

From Gina Govoni to Tech Support - Gabbi(Direct Message) : Thank you Group 1! Abandoned building reuse
Great plan: to combine jobs with housing

How can this be extended over time?
- Folks move on, others move in.

Safety:
What Housing model works best?
More Awareness
Legislative changes needed

Gardening/ permaculture / Home.

From Carl Woodruff to Everyone : From Group 2: How can we highlight and lift up the contributions that individuals can offer to work within our community and identify unmet needs? How can we encourage infill development (attached apartments/ADU/tiny houses/mobile homes)?

From Mary McClintock to Everyone : group 5:
Using theater and film as ways to share personal stories to help reduce stigma about folks who have experience with incarceration or addiction
Working in communities to rehab abandoned properties
Franklin County Transition from Jail to Community Task Force (email Mary at mmcclintock@communityaction.us

From Lily Linke (she/her), CHAPA to Everyone : Group 8 had lots of great ideas, but here are a few: converting Wilson’s Department Store into housing, introducing a program that finds co-signers for leases (to help folks that couldn’t get a lease on their own get into housing), starting a fund to help people pay for first/last/security deposit when renting, organizing for tenants’ rights

From Trenda | Compost Co-Op | she/her to Everyone : Group 3: -supporting the existing structures
-Raising money (money from banks, loans, Technical assistance)
-decommodify housing - cap on what you can make for profit off of housing (in sales and in
-Remove housing from the speculative market through deed restriction
-Building landlord relationships, understanding, and support

From Mary McClintock to Everyone : sounds like an interesting kind of "resume"

From Susan Worgaftik to Everyone : Group 4…Statement of accomplishment that all people seeking housing might use, a good citizen resume; training for local real estate people that people are not the worst thing that they have ever done; look at the requirements for public jobs in our towns and figure out if histories of substance abuse and incarceration prevent folks from ever getting those jobs

From Sarah Brown-Anson to Everyone : Group 6 notes: Appreciation for those sharing and for this workshop happening
Wanting to hear more about cooperative alternatives to renting or ownership
Money and funding is a challenge — macroeconomic forces in opposition to our right for housing

From Matthew Attesi to Everyone : Housing First Programs and Landlord Education to Reduce the Stigma of Those Who are Trying to Rent.

From Gwen Nabad to Everyone : One thing that came out of Group ONE was the fact that there needs to be changes or amendments in Mass Law for people who are already screwed for being black, female, single parents, disabled, and of course what we are talking about here since such a huge population of those incarcerated are minorities

From Susan Worgaftik to Everyone : Thanks, Matthew, I forgot the Housing First issue. We are going to have a whole workshop on Housing First on April 28th at 3 pm

From Doug and Jan to Everyone : Group 8 ps - making the upper floors of downtown buildings accessible through installing elevators.
 
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adminSusan - Sat, Apr 17, 2021, 10:21 A
Toronto Man Responds Homelessness
Here is an article that speaks to personal responses to homelessness that force government responses. https://www.nytimes....oronto-homeless.html
 
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sbrownanson - Fri, Apr 23, 2021 11:00 A
This was a really good article in that it highlights the contradictions between something that directly addresses an immediate need, and the way the government / other institutions in place respond. T ....