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July 11, 2013

Health center receives $130K to help uninsured

LAWRENCE — The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc. has been awarded $130,203 to help uninsured residents gain affordable health coverage.

The money is part of $3.4 million that U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday announced was dispersed to 35 Massachusetts health centers.

In Massachusetts, health centers served 638,623 patients last year, 20 percent of whom were uninsured. With these funds, the awardees expect to hire 61 additional workers, who will assist 110,754 Massachusetts residents with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage. Across the nation, 1,159 health centers will receive $150 million in grant awards.

“This investment will give Massachusetts neighborhoods and towns one more resource to help people understand their insurance options and enroll in affordable coverage,” Secretary Sebelius said.

Lawrence agency receives funds to combat homelessness

LAWRENCE — The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development yesterday announced $4 million in federal Emergency Solutions Grant funds to dozens of agencies statewide to combat homelessness in the state. Of that amount, $34,904 will go to Community Teamwork in Lawrence for rapid rehousing.

The funds will support emergency shelters, rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention programs for individuals and families. Additionally, the funds will support the creation of emergency shelter units for families fleeing domestic violence.

Furthering the effort to move toward a housing strategy and away from a shelter response, $1.4 million of the funds will support rapid rehousing. The program will move an estimated 612 individuals statewide from emergency shelter to permanent housing this fiscal year.

“Rapid rehousing strategies are transforming the way we respond to homelessness in Massachusetts,” said Joe Finn, President & Executive Director of the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance...On average, this intervention cost less than $3,000 per person. Investing in rapid rehousing reduces the Commonwealth’s reliance on costly emergency resources and brings us closer to ending homelessness in Massachusetts.”

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