Showing posts with label assistance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label assistance. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Challenged to bring food home, or to meet your mortgage payment, there is help

Food Pantry's can help 

"Nearly a third of Massachusetts adults are struggling to get enough to eat as the economic pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to batter household budgets.

At least 1.8 million people — or 32 percent of the state’s adult population — are food-insecure, a new survey from the Greater Boston Food Bank found. The burden lies most heavily on Black and Latinx communities and families with children.

It’s “a frightening statistic,” said GBFB CEO Catherine D’Amato. “We’ve worked with much better numbers in years past.”
Continue reading the Boston Globe article online 

Mortgage Assistance
As day-to-day administrators & marketers of MA's Homeowner Assistance Fund, MHP & know spreading the word is key to helping people who need mortgage help due to #COVID-19. The wrote about #MassHAF.  
Please share. #housingassistance
meet your mortgage payment, there is help
meet your mortgage payment, there is help

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Friday, March 25, 2022

"housing assistance programs have been gradually scaling down"

"AS A FEDERAL rental assistance program winds down, housing advocates are looking to the state to help fill the gap. But the state assistance programs are not as generous as the federal program was, leading to concerns that struggling tenants – particularly tenants of color – could increasingly face evictions. Housing assistance will be up for debate Thursday as the state Senate considers its version of a $1.6 billion supplemental budget bill.

On Tuesday, Homes for All Massachusetts and researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology released a report which found that evictions are disproportionately occurring in Black and Latino neighborhoods, neighborhoods with more single mother heads of households, areas with absentee and corporate landlords, and in central and southeast Massachusetts. Of all evictions filed between October 2020 and October 2021, 43 percent were in neighborhoods where a majority of residents are non-white, even though only 32 percent of rental housing is in these areas."

Continue reading the article online -> 

More info from the National Low Income Housing Coalition on MA housing

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Feb 12, 2020

a. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast Channel 11 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.
a. Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.
- None

Firefighter/Paramedic: Michael McConaghy

- None Scheduled

6. HEARINGS - 7:10pm
Zoning Changes:
20-849: Changes to Ground-Mounted Solar Energy System Use Regulations and Use Regulations Schedule Updates

20-850: Zoning Map Changes On Or Near Highland, Maple and Lincoln Streets

20-851: Zoning Map Changes On Or Near Oak Street and Dailey Drive

- None Scheduled

a. Housing Authority - Lisa Audette, Executive Director, Franklin Housing Authority
b. Transitional Assistance Discussion - Franklin Senior Center

a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
b. Budget Subcommittee
c. Economic Development Subcommittee

Bylaw 20-847 As Amended: New Chapter 130, Plastic Checkout Bag Prohibition - Second Reading (Motion to Adopt Bylaw Amendment 20-847 As Amended: Chapter 130, Plastic Checkout Bag Prohibition - Majority Roll Call Vote)

Bylaw Amendment 20-852: Chapter 82, Municipal Service Fees - Second Reading (Motion to Adopt Bylaw Amendment 20-852: Chapter 82, Municipal Service Fees - Majority Roll Call Vote)

Resolution 20-12: Gift Acceptance Franklin Police Department - $10,000 (Motion to approve Resolution 20-12 - Majority Vote)

Resolution 20-13: Gift Acceptance Franklin Fire Department - $10,000 (Motion to approve Resolution 20-13 - Majority Vote)

Zoning By-Law Amendment 20-849: Changes to Ground-Mounted Solar Energy System Use Regulations, And Use Regulations Schedule Updates- First Reading (Motion to move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 20-849 to a second reading - Majority Vote)

Zoning By-law Amendment 20-850: Zoning Map Changes On Or Near Highland, Maple and Lincoln Streets- First Reading (Motion to Move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 20-850 to a second reading - Majority Vote)

Zoning By-law Amendment 20-851: Zoning Map Changes On Or Near Oak Street and Dailey Drive - First Reading (Motion to Move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 20-851 to a second reading - Majority Vote)

Resolution 20-14: The Town of Franklin Civil Discourse Pledge (Motion to approve Resolution 20-14 - Majority Vote)




- None Scheduled


Two-Thirds Vote: requires 6 votes
Majority Vote: requires majority of members present and voting

The agenda and docs released for this meeting can be found in one PDF

Individual docs may be available on the Town of Franklin agenda page

beaver damage at DelCarte observed recently
beaver damage at DelCarte observed recently

Monday, July 29, 2019

1950's Car Show - August 10

A car show featuring vehicles from the 1950's is scheduled for the Benchmark Senior Living Center on Forge Hill Aug 10. Additional details in the flyer image.

1950's Car Show - August 10
1950's Car Show - August 10

Monday, July 22, 2019

In the News: college students not aware of SNAP benefits available

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Hunger is a problem for some college students in MetroWest, and there’s a federal program that could help them.

However, a recent study shows millions of students are potentially missing out on the program, because they either don’t know about it or the eligibility rules are too complicated to understand.

The program is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Nearly two million college students didn’t receive SNAP benefits in 2016, even though they were potentially eligible, according to a December 2018 study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. The report recommended the U.S. Department of Agriculture improve its efforts to clarify SNAP eligibility requirements, and make them more accessible."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Visit the SNAP web page for additional info on benefits

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

In the News: Franklin family tries to recover; Cultural Council looking for artists; new attempt to eliminate home heating assistance

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"When Franklin resident Joseph Cooper took a break from watching TV to grab a late-night snack on Saturday, Feb. 3, he returned to the basement of his home on Warwick Road to hear a popping sound coming from the connected garage. 
“It’s happened before where a squirrel would get into the garage and knock everything over,” he said. “But when I opened the door there was already a good fire going inside.” 
He said the smoke detectors were going off in the garage, but because the door was steel and the alarms weren’t connected to the rest of the house, he couldn’t hear them. 
“I tried to fight it a little bit, screaming to my daughters to get shoes and coats and get out,” he said."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

"The Franklin Cultural Council has announced a call for artists for their Art in Motion Juried Exhibition and Live Art Event slated for 2-4 p.m. April 28 at Franklin Public Library, 118 Main St. 
The juried exhibition will showcase paintings and drawings of figures in motion.
The prospectus for the exhibition can be found at
Online applications are due by March 1, and can be found at There is no fee to enter the ArtWeek exhibition."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Additional info on the call for artists and performers for ArtWeek

Art in Motion Juried Exhibition and Live Art Event
Art in Motion Juried Exhibition and Live Art Event

"The Trump administration is once again calling for the complete elimination of a heating assistance program that helps to keep the homes of low-income families warm. And once again, program supporters are vowing to fight it. 
The administration is using the same arguments from a year ago when it tried to abolish the program, saying it’s rife with fraud and that no one would be left freezing if the program goes away. 
“These arguments are very misleading and wrong,” said Mark Wolfe, director of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association in Washington, D.C. 
The program, known as LIHEAP — Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program — helps families pay their heating bills primarily in the form of a grant that’s sent directly to utility companies or heating fuel vendors."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SeeClickFix: Franklin update - assistance for elderly was just added

A ticket was just opened via the online app requesting assistance with shoveling at Eaton Place. 

Where is Eaton Place? 

Off Panther Way between the Pirelli Ice Arena and Franklin High School.

Any teenagers or other able bodied folks with shovels would be welcomed to dig out the cars around the elderly residence.
An issue was reported in this watch area.
Snow assistance for elderly
20 Veterans Memorial Drive franklin, MA
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Estate at Franklin - an Emeritus Senior Living community

The construction fences are down and finishing touches being applied to the new building at 656 King St.
This is the promise that the staff at The Estate at Franklin – and throughout all Emeritus Senior Living communities – live by. It's a simple promise to be compassionate and kind, understanding and respectful – a promise to become extended family to the seniors entrusted in our care and to our retirees who have chosen our community for their home. 
The Estate at Franklin is a brand new senior residential community. This community is being specifically designed and built for seniors who need some assistance with daily living, such as medication management, dressing, or bathing. The Estate at Franklin also includes a Memory Care Neighborhood for those who are experiencing some memory loss. As we get ready to open our doors, we invite you learn more about us!
Read more about the Estate at Franklin

sign at entrance - the Estate at Franklin
sign at entrance - the Estate at Franklin
a rain garden along the entrance way
a rain garden along the entrance way

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Emeritus at Franklin: Events for seniors and senior caregivers

Emeritus at Franklin, the new senior living community slated to open in May 2014, is hosting two events for seniors and senior caregivers, which are free to the public, in February.

Surviving the Challenge of Caregiving Being a caregiver is a demanding role, and one that requires a good deal of self-care. Rosemarie Lanchester, a certified hypnosis consultant, will present five simple steps for caregivers to take better care of themselves.
Date and Time: Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m.-noon
Location: Hampton Inn, 735 Union Street, Franklin
RSVP: 508.520.1150 or 

Discovery Luncheon: Are you or a loved one looking for a safer and more enjoyable way to spend your golden years? Come discover how Franklin's newest Assisted Living and Memory Care community can help seniors continue to live fulfilling, productive lives even in the midst of the challenges of aging.
Date and Time: Tuesday, February 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Hampton Inn, 735 Union Street, Franklin
RSVP: 508.520.1150 or 

About Emeritus at Franklin: Emeritus at Franklin was designed for seniors whose needs include assisted living and memory care. Nestled in a charming neighborhood, this lovely residential building will feature 81 new apartments, an experienced and compassionate care staff, three homemade meals served restaurant-style daily, a dynamic activities program and weekly housekeeping services.

Visit for more information

Monday, December 16, 2013

Franklin Business in the news: Emeritus at Franklin


Emeritus at Franklin Offers Free December Educational Seminars for Seniors and their Caregivers

This spring, Emeritus at East Franklin will open its doors to provide a premier community designed for seniors whose needs range from assisted living to memory care. For the holidays, Emeritus at Franklin is offering an educational series for seniors, caregivers and the public that will provide helpful care tips for seniors who are living with dementia, as well as their caregivers. Refreshments will be served. 
"How to Make the Most of Each Day - Living with Dementia" Wednesday, Dec. 18, 4-5:30 p.m.Place: Hampton Inn Franklin, 725 Union St., Franklin, MA 
Please RSVP to (413) 224-2200 or Seating is limited.


Emeritus at Franklin Names Executive Director
Emeritus Senior Living has named Christine Smith as Executive Director of Franklin's newest senior living community, Emeritus at Franklin. This new community will open its doors at 656 King Street in spring 2014. 
"Christine has a wealth of experience managing a senior community that is a vibrant and caring place for seniors to spend their golden years," said Charlene Young, Emeritus Regional Director of Operations. "This makes her a perfect fit for Emeritus at Franklin." 
Smith has more than 28 years of experience in healthcare. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director at The Inn at Robbins Brook, an assisted living community in Acton, Mass. Under her leadership, the community received a perfect state survey in 2012. 
"I am really looking forward to welcoming residents into this beautiful new community," said Smith. "Besides the wonderful location and living environment, I'm excited about the care and programs we will be providing to enhance the quality of life for each resident." 
Reservations for this premier community are now being accepted at (413) 224-2200

 For more information on Emeritus at Franklin you can visit their website here

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Emeritus Senior Living

The construction is making progress, earlier photos that I took as I passed by were all of the site prep.

emeritus senior living
Emeritus at Franklin

This week there is steel rising above ground and a stairwell or elevator shaft being put together.

construction framing
construction framing

For more about Emeritus Senior Living visit their webpage

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Veterans assistance from State agencies

Licensing Guidelines Assist Veterans, Armed Forces Members
Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today announced that all state agencies that oversee professional licensing within the Patrick-Murray Administration have established guidelines to assist members of the armed forces, veterans, and their spouses as they prepare and apply for jobs in Massachusetts. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

"heating assistance programs began chaotically last fall"

The state Department of Housing and Community Development raised the maximum benefit for the poorest heating oil customers from $675 to $1,025, a 52-percent increase. 
People who receive fuel assistance funding for natural gas or electric heat will see the maximum benefit nearly double, from $275 to $525. Benefits vary depending on a client’s income. 
State housing officials said two shots of federal funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program made the increase possible. 
But advocates warn that even after these increases, the state still has less money available for fuel programs than last year, when heating costs were lower.

Read more:

Monday, January 18, 2010

Franklin, MA: Municipal Housing Trust Announcement

The Franklin Municipal Housing Trust Announces



The Franklin Municipal Affordable Housing Trust is making available $480,000 to be paid in grants to income and asset qualified 1st time home buyers. 

Click on the link below for information on this new affordable housing program.
Sponsored by the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust

MaryAnn Bertone
Robert Gagnon
Maxine Kinhart
Jeff Nutting
Judith Pond Pfeffer
Susan Speers
Christopher Vericker