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May 18, 2022
 
Two Mass. Nonprofits Get $4.3M to Support, Extend Services

March 27, 2022 — Two Massachusetts nonprofits—Community Action Pioneer Valley based in the Berkshires and Centro in Worcester—recently received nearly $4.3 million in federal funding to provide housing and supportive services and expand telehealth and health information technology.

Community Action Pioneer Valley Gets $3M for Fight Homelessness in Western Massachusetts

Community Action Pioneer Valley (CAPV) based in Greenfield recently received a grant of $3,051,996 from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development to support housing and supportive services in Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties, WWLP reported.

The funding will support CAPV’s for its Three County Continuum of Care program.

“It’s really exciting,” says Keleigh Pereira, program director of the Three County Continuum of Care, was quoted. “This grant renews our existing housing and service programs and funds new projects focused on domestic violence support as well as expanding permanent housing programs across the Pioneer Valley.:

The program promotes community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness in Franklin, Hampshire, and Berkshire Counties. It does that by providing funding for efforts by nonprofit program providers, area stake-holders, and state and local governments to house homeless individuals and families in a Housing-First Model. It also promotes access to mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families, and seeks to advance self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.

The Three County Continuum of Care program, one of 15 similar programs in Massachusetts, was formed by the merger in 2012 of three agencies – the Berkshire County Continuum of Care established in 1996, Three County Continuum of Care, which was established in 1997 and covered Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden Counties (exclusive of Springfield), and the City of Springfield Continuum of Care, which was also established in the 1990s.

CAPV itself traces its origin to the mid-1960s and today is an umbrella agency that provides leadership, policy guidance, coordination, and support to successfully offer a wide array of essential services. It has an annual budget of $30 million and a staff of about 300 dedicated employees who serve more than 30,000 people through 40 programs.

Centro Gets $975K to Expand Telehealth and Health Information Technology

Centro, based in Worcester, the largest minority led, community based, multiservice, multicultural, multilingual, nonprofit in Central Massachusetts, received $975,000 from the federal appropriations package signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 12, the Worcester Business Journal reported.

The funds will support expansion of the organization’s telehealth and health information technology as it seeks to improve health care access for the city’s low-income and disadvantaged communities of color.

“There are people who just are afraid to go places, but their health condition continues to deteriorate if they are not being served by a doctor or medical professional. And so by way of telehealth, we’re going to be able to reach a lot more people,” Juan A. Gomez, Centro president and CEO, told Spectrum News 1. “I also want to thank every single one of the people who work at Centro, who have worked at Centro at one point or another. They are the ones who do the work.”

Founded in 1977 as Centro Communal Hispano to serve Puerto Ricans, Centro’s mission has evolved to serve a wider population, whereby nearly 40% of its clients today are non-Latinos.

In response to the changing needs of Centro’s target population, the organization has evolved into a tri-divisional, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, fully integrated, health and human services delivery system. Centro currently serves more than 8,700 families located in more than 52 cities and towns in Massachusetts, providing more than 24,000 incidents of client contact services a year.

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