EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 11, 2013

Health center receives $130K to help uninsured

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.”

Phillips Academyhosts college fair tonight, 6 to 8 p.m.

ANDOVER — Phillips Academy will host a college fair today from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Case Memorial Cage located near the Borden Gym on the Phillips Academy campus. This event is free and will be open to the public.

The fair will bring together representatives from more than 100 schools from across the country to meet with students and parents as they begin the college search process.

For more information, contact the Phillips Academy Summer Session at 978-749-4400.

New rabbi comingto CongregationBeth Israel

ANDOVER — A new rabbi is coming to Congregation Beth Israel , the only conservative synagogue in the Merrimack Valley.

Rabbi Howard Mandell will begin on Monday. He succeeds Rabbi Edward Friedman, who departed one year ago after his contract expired.

Mandell, of Providence, R.I., was previously a civil rights lawyer in Montgomery, Ala., with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

A trip to Israel in 1998 inspired him to begin rabbinical studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.

Mandell has led a congregation in Virginia Beach, Va., and has participated in a chaplaincy residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut.

Shabbat services to welcome him will be on Saturday, July 20 at the synagogue, 501 South Main St. (Route 28).