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CTI Announces New Division Director for Housing and Homeless Services

Lowell» Community Teamwork is pleased to announce that Barbara Warren has been promoted to the position of Division Director of Housing and Homeless Services.

Warren has been with Community Teamwork since 2011, serving first as rehousing and stabilization manager and most recently as deputy division director of Residential Programs.

In her new role as the division director of Housing and Homeless Services, Warren’s administrative focus will be on the variety of housing programming and supportive services that Community Teamwork provides across 72 cities and towns within Massachusetts. These programs vary from homelessness prevention and homeless shelters to administering subsidized housing to more than 3,600 tenants as well as youth services and Community Teamwork’s vocational leadership program, YouthBuild of Lowell.

Barbara Warren  COURTESY CTI

“I am very excited to take on this new role and continue this incredibly important work,” Warren said. “The need for a community response to addressing homelessness and affordable housing is central to the work that we do at Community Teamwork. This past year has really highlighted the need for all of us to come together and find real solutions to these very real problems.”

Warren joined Community Teamwork after graduating from UMass Lowell’s Community Psychology Graduate program. Over the past 10 years working for Community Teamwork, she has managed rehousing programming for homeless families as well as the Emergency Assistance Family Shelter.

More recently, she has led the agency’s efforts to address individual homelessness in Lowell.

Warren serves on the board of directors for Homes for Families, an advocacy organization for families in shelters.

Lowell Sun 5/2/21

Take Action to Fund Homeless Families

Dear friend,

Join Community Teamwork and the Massachusetts Commission for the Homeless to take action online to support increased, critical funding for the Emergency Assistance and RAFT programs, which serve children and families experiencing homelessness.

During the coldest time of the year, we cannot afford to ignore the needs of children and families experiencing homelessness. Your active support can make the difference for families in our community and across Massachusetts. Just in the Merrijmack Valley we have learned that over 300 families are living in hotels and motels and many more in shelters.

Click here to ask your State Representative and Senator for their active support for supplemental funding for two key programs serving families experiencing homelessness: the Seven Day Temporary Emergency Accommodations Program (SDTEA, part of the RAFT homelessness prevention line item 7004-9316) and the Emergency Assistance family shelters, motels, and services program (EA line items 7004-0101 and 7004-0103).

Click here to read the REGIONAL HOUSING NETWORK BLOG and learn more about the recent Statewide report on RAFT. On November 17, the RHN released the first ever statewide report on the Massachusetts Residential Assistance for Families in Transition, or RAFT, program.  All 11 administering agencies contributed to take a look at the impact of the program across the state.  Click on the link to our report to find out what we discovered  raftinmass2016web

Thank you for taking action!