Green Book Resource Guide
The Green Book is a free resource guide published in collaboration with the Northeast Independent Living Program and Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore. The agencies created the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium (ADRC) to ensure older adults and people with disabilities can get information about programs and services they need and help them make informed decisions about their own care.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive a hard copy of The Green Book.
Veterans Resource Guide of the Merrimack Valley
The Veteran Resource Guide was created in an effort to connect veterans, caregivers, and professionals with local, state, and federal community resources. The guide was created in collaboration between the Amesbury Council on Aging and Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.
MassHealth PCA Public Listening Sessions
MassHealth will be hosting bi-monthly Public Listening Sessions to provide updates on Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) implementation for the PCA program.
The next public listening sessions will be held on Tuesday, 2/16 (English) from 1-3 p.m. and Wednesday, 2/17 (Spanish) from 1-3 p.m.
Public Listening Sessions are open to all stakeholders. If you cannot attend a Public Listening Session, written responses will be accepted at any time at PCAfeedback@massmail.state.ma.us. Public listening sessions are completely voluntary, and while MassHealth encourages all interested stakeholders to participate, Personal Care Attendants are not required to attend.
Free Legal Services: Eviction Diversion Initiative
Do you need help with an eviction in Massachusetts? The COVID-19 Eviction Legal Help Project (CELHP) provides free legal help for low-income tenants facing eviction. Services can be used before the eviction process begins, as well as once a notice has been received, and can be used in coordination with community mediation services.
Click here for more information.
Housing Rights and Rental Assistance During COVID-19
The We Are Lawrence Financial and Housing Stability Team has put together an information sheet with helpful resources for Lawrence residents who are behind on rent or facing eviction due to the pandemic. The document (see link below) provides important information about your rights!
For those in need of emergency rental assistance, RAFT assistance has been increased from $4,000 per family to $10,000 per family. Also, the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council is administering an Emergency Rental Assistance program on a first come, first serve basis. Applications can be found on their website here.
Click here to download a PDF of the Information Sheet.
COVID-19 Guidance for Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Consumers
MassHealth has put together a guide for PCA consumers, which provides important information about MassHealth, PCA services, what you need to know about COVID-19, how to prepare yourself and your home, information about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and what to do if you feel sick.
Click here to download a PDF of the guide.
Wheels of Hope
The Merrimack Valley Project, a social justice organization in Lawrence, MA, has advocated for many years to make the Wheels of Hope possible. Wheels of Hope is a life-saving community resource for Merrimack Valley residents that provides free transportation to detox or residential treatment facilities anywhere in Massachusetts. Please share this important resource with others. For more information about the Wheels of Hope, visit their website here: https://helplinema.org/wheelsofhope.
WellConnected.net is a free community resource available to anyone looking for free or reduced cost social services in their area, or to providers who would like to list the services they have available at their organizations. The goal of WellConnected.net is to bring dignity and ease to the process of navigating for services.
To get started, go to WellConnected.net and type in your zip code. A list of programs and services in your area will show up. Select which category of services you need help with such as medical care, food, housing, job training etc.
If you’re a provider, some of your programs and services may already be listed on the site. You’ll need to claim your organization if you’d like to make changes to your listing or add programs and services. Organizations can also choose to accept and manage referrals through the site.
Age-Friendly Lawrence Initiative
The City of Lawrence is working on a major initiative to help Lawrence become an “Age-Friendly Community” – a place where housing, transportation, green spaces, health care and social services help residents of all ages lead healthier lives.
This initiative is a direct response to Mayor Rivera’s Age-Friendly City Proclamation that designated Lawrence’s Council on Aging and the Mayor’s Health Task Force to lead a multi-stakeholder group in planning, assessing and developing strategies to support active aging and aging in place.
To accurately reflect the community’s needs, all Lawrence residents are encouraged to participate in a community-wide survey. All surveys are anonymous. Results will help with the creation and implementation of an age-friendly action plan that benefits every one.
NILP is supporting this initiative by offering paper copies, in both Spanish and English, of the surveys at our Lawrence office. You can also take the survey online. Click here for the Spanish survey and click here for the English survey.
If you have additional questions about this initiative or the surveys, please contact Danetza Yachachin at email@example.com.
REquipment DME Reuse Program
The REquipment DME (Durable Medical Equipment) Reuse program is funded by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) and MassMatch. This program provides free refurbished wheelchairs, scooters, shower chairs and more to adults, children and elders recycled in Massachusetts. For more information, please visit: https://dmerequipment.org
Massachusetts Wheelchair Lemon Law
The Massachusetts Customized Wheelchair Lemon Law ensures that owners of customized wheelchairs may apply for arbitration should their wheelchair be defective. The Customized Wheelchair Arbitration program provides consumers who have paid some or all of the costs out of pocket for their purchase or lease of a new, but defective, customized wheelchair with the ability to settle disputes with the manufacturer. For more information, please visit https://www.mass.gov/customized-wheelchair-lemon-law or view the video here.
The Access For Opportunity Housing Plan
There is a significant shortage of affordable accessible housing in Massachusetts. We will address that need head-on by constructing several large apartment buildings throughout the state. Each apartment building will have 60 units.
We will go above and beyond offering this much-needed housing and address three other key issues.
We will offer our residents:
√ Access to state-of-the-art affordable wheelchair accessible housing
√ Access to career training, job coaching, office space and employment opportunities
√ Access to wheelchair accessible transportation
√ The chance to live in a safe, warm, supportive, healthy and friendly atmosphere
It will be an opportunity that can be found nowhere else.
If you are having trouble finding affordable wheelchair accessible housing, or had trouble in the past – or if you’re a success story, Access For Opportunity wants to hear your stories. The good, the bad, the ugly. Please contact AFO at AFO@access4opp.org or call (978) 388-6982. Thanks!
Massachusetts Statewide Independent Living Council (MASILC) is Looking for Qualified Individuals to Serve on the Council
MASILC members play an active role in establishing Independent Living Policy in Massachusetts through participation in the development and implementation of the three year State Plan for Independent Living.
MASILC is looking for qualified individuals to Serve on the Council who:
- provide statewide representation.
- represent a broad range of individuals with disabilities from diverse backgrounds;
- are knowledgeable about centers for independent living and independent living services; and are not employed by any state agency or center for independent living.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of the Statewide Independent Living Council please go to www.masilc.org or contact the SILC Office for more information. info@MASILC.org or 978-620-7452.