This holiday season, we are asking for your support for two important, and life-saving projects.
As a Community Action Agency (CAA), Community Teamwork is focused on addressing the causes and conditions of poverty, one of which is alleviating homelessness. It is estimated that there are currently more than 100 unsheltered individuals who literally are sleeping on the streets.
A leader in addressing the homeless issue in our community, Community Teamwork continues to find ways to provide housing, shelter and services to those in need. We know that development of new housing sites is critical to address the needs of those individuals who find themselves without a safe, clean and stable place to call home.
We are a Housing First proponent and understand that over 300 new units of housing in the City of Lowell are necessary to address the needs of the unsheltered population.
Help us reach our goal of creating 300 low threshold housing!
In November of 2022 Community Teamwork purchased and began renovating a former rooming house on Summer Street in Lowell for 19 new Permanent Supportive Housing units for individuals experiencing homelessness.
The 19 units will be efficiency apartments and each unit will contain its own bathroom and kitchenette. The residents will benefit from a permanent supportive housing model which will include addressing the residents’ broader needs including access to food, transportation, and healthcare. In addition, we will provide support and stabilization including, but not limited to: access to employment, educational opportunities, financial literacy, help accessing state benefits, and legal support.
As often happens when renovating older buildings, the projected renovation costs have nearly doubled. We have been diligently working to obtain the resources to finish construction and we thank those who have already helped us secure just over half of the $4.3 million needed to complete the project, but we still have a long way to go.
Community Teamwork is working to open a 60-bed shelter for homeless women. It is widely known that co-ed congregate shelters are not always safe for women. By opening a shelter for just women, it will free-up beds at other shelters in the community and allow us to focus on this often-overlooked population of homeless individuals.
As we work to secure a site, we are planning for significant acquisition and renovation costs. We are excited about this new opportunity to serve the women in our community who are housing insecure and need a second chance.
During this season of Giving, YOU can make a difference in helping to alleviate homelessness. Below are examples of how your donations can help us complete these two projects and assist those in need.
Donations of $1,000+ may be eligible for Massachusetts Community Investment Tax Credits (CITC). Please contact Margot Regan at email@example.com to learn more about this program.