We’re Hiring!

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RCAP Solutions has three positions available.

Water Compliance TA Specialist (2)

RCAP Solutions, Inc. is currently seeking two experienced Water Compliance TA Specialists to join their team of professionals, with one position being based in MA, CT or RI. The second position will be located in either NH or VT, servicing both states.

 Job Summary:

The Water Compliance TA Specialist will support the organization’s goals and objectives by providing service, technical assistance and training to rural community water systems found in the assigned areas of responsibility.  This position will involve working with small public water systems including transient community, non-community, and non-transient non-community personnel in order for them to achieve and maintain compliance with the SDWA. The main responsibilities for this position will be to provide services under the EPA Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Training & Technical Assistance Program for small public water systems and private wells to achieve and maintain compliance with the SDWA, as well as administer Training and Technical Assistance for small publicly-owned water systems and individual well owners to maintain and improve as necessary water quality.

For full position description, click here: Water Compliance TA Specialist

 

GIS / Geospatial Technician

RCAP Solutions, Inc. is currently seeking an experienced GIS/Geospatial Technician to join their team of professionals in State College, PA.

Job Summary:

The GIS/Geospatial Technician will be the primary expert in providing staff support on GIS, GPS and related services.  This position will primarily involve working with small public water and or wastewater systems, including transient community, non-community and non-transient non-community systems. Project types include, but are not necessarily limited to utility mapping, Asset Management Planning, Source Water Protection and basic demographics. Position will also involve training and technical assistance to other staff and community clients on the operation of GPS equipment and the use and maintenance of GIS applications and data layers.

For full position description, click here: GIS Technician

Send cover letter and resume to our Human Resources Department.  Email: HR@rcapsolutions.org or Fax: (978) 630-2751.

State of Homelessness

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State of Homelessness in America 2015 Released 

On April 2, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) published its fifth annual report on homelessness trends and counts, The State of Homelessness in America 2015.

Overall, NAEH reports that nationwide homelessness decreased by 2.3%.

However, in Massachusetts the number of homeless persons rose by 11.6%, due almost entirely to increases in the number of homeless families.   The number of persons in Massachusetts categorized as at risk of homelessness also rose.

Read the report here.

 

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Worcester Sharks Throwback Jerseys on sale to support RCAP!

RCAP Solutions is offering two rare Worcester Sharks AHL Jerseys on eBay to support RCAP Solutions Programs!

IMG_5398Game Worn Jersey #25 Nick Jones

One of a kind – Signed by Team!

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IMG_5407Rare Worcester Sharks AHL Throwback Ice Cats Jersey #39 Andrew Blazek

 

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Both one of a kind jerseys feature the replicas of the original Worcester IceCats Jerseys to celebrate 20 years of Hockey in Worcester.  This is a great opportunity to own a piece of history as the Sharks are leaving Worcester at the end of the season!

 

RCAP Solutions partnered with the Sharks at that game to “Take a Bite out of Homelessness”. 100% of the sale of this jersey will support RCAP Solutions homelessness prevention, financial literacy programs, domestic violence services and other housing initiatives throughout Worcester County.

Studio Apartments Available

SlaterEstates2-BrochureApplications are now being accepted for Studio and One-Bedroom apartments at Slater Estates, 96 Slater St., Webster, MA.

Applicants must be 62 years of age or older, or if under 62, mobility impaired requiring the features of an accessible unit and must be income-eligible and meet HUD established income guidelines.

For more information or an application, contact our property management office at 508.943.9897. TY 978.630.6754.

Click here for our full flyer: Studio Flyer_SlaterMAR2015

Book Drive!

BookDriveRCAP Solutions is pleased to participate in the City of Worcester’s 10th Annual Book Drive!

The City that Reads Committee has set a goal to collect 32,000 books (Pre-k to grade 8) for summer reading.  The committee was founded ten years ago in an attempt to promote literacy in the community, put books into the hands of children who lack books in their homes, and to promote the importance of being a life time reader. In ten years the group has given out over 225,000 books to the children in this community!

Please drop your new or gently used books off at the RCAP Solutions Worcester Office, located at 12 East Worcester Street, 2nd Floor, Worcester – between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. The deadline is May 15.

For more information on the City of Worcester’s Book Drive, visit http://bit.ly/1HMKPS9

On Solid Ground

solid groundNew Report Released-On Solid Ground: Building Opportunity, Preventing Homelessness

The On Solid Ground coalition today released its first report on family homelessness. The report, On Solid Ground: Building Opportunity, Preventing Homelessness, documents the impact of the Commonwealth’s housing shortage on families with extremely low incomes, and outlines the critical components of a preventative approach to family homelessness.

The report makes the following recommendations to increase stability and reduce family homelessness:

  • Systems Change: Appoint a Special Secretary to build a coordinated service delivery system across governmental departments. The coordinated system will support homelessness prevention, minimize cliff effects, and provide integrated case management services.
  • Housing: Expand the affordable housing stock and rental assistance vouchers for extremely low-income households; preserve existing privately and publicly subsidized homes; and improve public housing.
  • Supportive Services: Invest in services that provide a path to increased incomes and economic mobility for extremely low-income families.
  • Tracking Progress: Collect and analyze data, and track progress – at state agencies and their nonprofit partners – toward an agreed upon set of goals related to housing stability and economic mobility.

On Solid Ground is a cross-sector group of more than 30 partners committed to a research-based approach to increasing housing stability and economic mobility. In preparing this report, On Solid Ground partners looked at factors that contribute to family instability, the gaps in programs meant to serve families with low incomes, the role of federal and state rental subsidy programs, and the interconnectedness of rental assistance, childcare, and employment assistance in increasing family incomes. The paper also looks at how stagnant wages, rising numbers of low wage jobs, and declining supports leave more than 60,000 families living in unstable housing situations and at risk of homelessness. The report demonstrates ways in which the Commonwealth’s service delivery system unintentionally limits the ability of families to increase their incomes and economic mobility, keeping people in poverty.

“If we continue to focus only on reducing shelter numbers, family homelessness will continue to rise,” said Rachel Heller, director of public policy at Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association. “Shifting our focus to housing stability and economic mobility will result in better outcomes for children, families, and communities,”

“All I needed to save my family from the trauma of homelessness was enough financial help for a deposit on an apartment and to retain my CNA license,” said Christina [last name withheld], a homeless mother and survivor of domestic violence.  “With a housing subsidy to offset some of the high cost of rent I could have transitioned into an apartment. What I needed was nowhere near as costly as the alternative; just a little bit to keep me from falling off the cliff. Instead we lost it all.”

“Housing insecurity has a detrimental impact on the health and educational prospects for young children,” said Marie St. Fleur, president and CEO, Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children. “Low wages are one indicator of the structural trends that perpetuate these inequities. We need greater systemically aligned solutions to tackle the root of the problem and On Solid Ground begins to do just that.”

“Together, we can do more to reduce and prevent homelessness than any one person or organization can do alone,” said Michael K. Durkin, president and chief executive officer at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.  “Too many families are one financial disaster away from homelessness. Ensuring they have access to services that can help them increase their savings, build net worth and get better jobs will not only increase their household’s financial stability, but will strengthen the economic stability of communities across our Commonwealth.”

Visit www.chapa.org/OnSolidGround for the full report. To view research that informed the paper, visit: http://www.umb.edu/csp/publications/reports

Information provided by Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, CHAPA’s mission is to encourage the production and preservation of housing that is affordable to low and moderate income families and individuals and to foster diverse and sustainable communities through planning and community development.  For more information, click here.