RCAP Closed for All Staff Meeting

RCAP Solutions will be closed Tuesday, September 19th through Thursday, September 21st for offsite company meetings and training.  Our offices will reopen on Friday, September 22nd.

 

For our Housing Clients:

There will be no RAFT walk-in hours on September 18th -22nd. Our Housing Consumer Education Center will resume on Monday September 25th. Existing RAFT applicants can call and leave a message at 508-713-3250. HomeBASE clients should call their assigned case manager and EA Safe Step clients should use the emergency pager number.

New RAFT Intake Hours & Locations

RCAP Solutions has reinstated its intake and orientation for RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) applicants.

Our new hours are:

  • Tuesdays:  9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Thursdays:  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Office hours are located at our Worcester office, 12 East Worcester Street, 2nd Floor, Worcester.

Starting Monday, August 14th, we will be expanding our intake hours to include additional locations throughout Central Mass.

The expanded hours and locations are provided by our housing counselors in order to better serve the growing needs of our clients.

The RAFT Program is a homelessness prevention program funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). RAFT provides short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. For more information, visit http://www.mass.gov/hed/housing/stabilization/residential-assistance-for-families-in-transition.html

Housing Consumer Education Center Informational Session

Please note: This event is geared towards practitioners and other housing agencies. Not for individuals seeking housing assistance.

Meet the Housing Consumer Education Center Staff!

Learn about:

  • First Time Homebuyer Program
  • Tenancy Program
  • Financial Wellness and Coaching
  • Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)

 

Friday, June 30, 2017. From 1 – 3PM

12 East Worcester Street, 2nd Floor, Worcester

Light refreshments will be served

Advance registration requested, please R.S.V.P. to:

Belmaris Roman, HCEC Housing Counselor

Phone: (978) 630-6788

broman@rcapsolutions.org

RCAP Releases Statement on Administration’s Budget Cuts

RCAP LogoWASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier this week, the Trump Administration released its full budget proposal to Congress. The proposal includes deep cuts to programs that will fundamentally hinder the ability for rural communities to thrive. In response to Administration’s budget, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) Inc.’s Executive Director Nathan Ohle released the following statement:

“This budget will severely hurt rural communities that have already been left behind. Now more than ever we need to be helping rural communities create opportunities to create good paying jobs, provide safe and affordable drinking water and adequately treated wastewater, and to develop infrastructure that will lead to economic growth.”

“There is a universal need for the federal government to support capacity building, technical assistance, and infrastructure funding in every community across America. The majority of small and rural communities that RCAP serves continue to struggle with capacity, expertise and adequate funding resources. They rely not only upon on RCAP’s technical assistance and training, but also loan and grant funding provided by the EPA’s State Revolving Funds and USDA Rural Development programs.”

“Cuts for safe drinking water and wastewater programs, the elimination of programs like USDA’s Water/Wastewater Grant and Loan Program, HHS’s Rural Community Facilities Program, HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), and HUD’s Home Investment Partnership (HOME) Program are unacceptable. These programs were designed to help communities, particularly small rural communities, to invest in infrastructure, public health and economic development in some of the nation’s hardest hit areas.”

“Rural communities are the lifeblood of this country, and we stand ready to work in partnership with the federal government to improve programs that create healthy, vibrant and economically sustainable regions. RCAP is committed to working with the White House and Congress to show how this budget as proposed would adversely affect rural communities, and welcome the opportunity to engage in productive conversations that will lead to opportunity for every community across the country.”

The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) is a national network of six regional RCAPs working to ensure that rural and small communities through the United States have access to safe drinking water and sanitary wastewater disposal. The Partnership provides a variety of programs to accomplish this goal, such as direct training and technical assistance. For more information, visit www.rcap.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

CONTACT Bianca Poll, Director of Communications, bpoll@rcap.org 202-470-2808

RCAP Solutions is the Northeast affiliate of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, providing services in all six New England states, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

Free Landlord and Tenant Workshops


How To Be A Good Tenant

Your Legal Rights & Responsibilities

Learn from professional housing counselors:

  • Planning your search for a rental unit
  • How to begin your search
  • Know your rights as a tenant
  • Tenant’s responsibilities
  • Rental Subsides
  • Avoiding Eviction

 Monday, June 5, 2017   ~   10 – 11:30 AM

RCAP Solutions – 12 East Worcester Street, 2nd Floor Worcester



How To Be A Good Landlord

Your Legal Rights & Preparing a Unit for Tenancy

Presented by Attorney Scott Wrenn, PC

Topics will include:

  • Buying a Rental Property
  • Prepping your Unit for Rental
  • Screening Prospective Tenants
  • Advertising your units
  • Written Lease Agreements
  • Security Deposits
  • Statements of Condition
  • Landlords Duty to Repair
  • Quiet Enjoyment
  • Summary Process

Wednesday, June 14 , 2017   ~   6 – 8 PM

NewVue Communities – 470 Main Street, Fitchburg

Please park on the right at the Shack’s parking lot or at the Main Street Garage (free 2-hour parking)



Register today!

Belmaris Roman, HCEC Counselor and Housing Search Specialist

Due to limited space, pre-registration is required.

2016 Snapshot

RCAP Solutions is pleased to present our 2016 Snapshot: “A Stabilizing Force in an Unstable Time”

Click here to view in flip book virtual format

Click here to download a PDF file

What you see is not a traditional annual report, but a condensed look at the positive impact as to how your tax dollars are used to help and make a positive impact in our communities.

We are proud of the many accomplishments the RCAP Solutions team made in 2016 and the work that was done to create opportunities for self-sufficiency for individuals and families throughout central Massachusetts and in small, rural communities across the Northeast United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

As always, we appreciate your support of RCAP Solutions and welcome your feedback.

RAFT Services Suspended

Please be advised that RCAP Solutions, Inc. is temporarily suspending intake and orientation for RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) applicants until further notice. We will most likely not resume taking applications prior to the start of the next fiscal year (July 1st) unless additional funds become available. At this juncture we have expended/committed all FY’17 funds available.

Please be advised that all applicants who have applied prior to the shut down and were not approved will need to begin the process again when we re-open in July.

 

For more information, please contact:

Tracey Weeden, Director of Counseling & Homeless Services

12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA 01604

Phone: 978-630-6741, Email: tweeden@rcapsolutions.org

 

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Drinking Water Week 2017

It’s Drinking Water Week!  

Did you know that RCAP Solutions works with rural communities to promote public, environmental and economic health?  Through our affiliation with the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), a national network of regional nonprofit organizations, we provide comprehensive, on-site technical assistance and training to help small, rural communities address their drinking water, wastewater, and other community development needs. We provide services in all six New England states, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Some statistics about the work our Technical Assistance Providers offered in 2016:

  • Number of communities  with improved public health outcomes due to RCAP Solutions projects: 151
  • Total Population served: 521,778
  • Low income population served: 135,239
  • Leveraged funding for capital projects: $4.75 million
  • Number of trainings conducted: 47
  • Number of participants trained: 783
  • Number of households positively impacted by  RCAP Solutions training and technical assistance: 71,540
  • Number of students and teachers impacted by environmental presentations and events: 700

If you have any questions about how our programs can support your communities, please contact Sarah Buck at 978.630.6658, sbuck@rcapsolutions.org.

Stay tuned for additional information this week about water and the work we do in small, rural communities.

For more information, please visit our Community Resources Pages here.

May Housing & Financial Wellness Workshops

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Don’t Miss Our Upcoming Housing
& Financial Wellness Workshops!
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First Time Home Buyer Certification:
May 16, 17, & 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Must attend all three classes per HUD guidelines
Cost: $55 Per Household
Participants will receive the required certificate that is stipulated in most FTHB loan product and DPA programs. This workshop will guide the homebuyer through the home buying process with professionals in the each field. Introducing the home buying team; Lender, Realtor, Inspector, Home owner Insurance Rep, and Attorney.
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Upcoming Financial Wellness Workshops:
 
Credit 101
May 10, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Participants will understand how to develop good credit, how to maintain credit and how to use credit wisely. 
Budgeting
May 24, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Participants will develop own personal spending plan, learn how to track spending and understand why/how to save toward increasing personal net worth (extreme couponing).
Financial Planning
June 28, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Participants will provide an in-depth look at savings and investing in the future, along with putting together a personal plan to meet their financial goals; Purchasing a home, Life Insurance, Retirement plan.
Registration/More Information:
Please contact Belmaris Roman
978.630.6788, broman@rcapsolutions.org
Space is limited, registration required.  
 
Location: 
RCAP Solutions
12 East Worcester St, 2nd Floor, Worcester, MA
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Online Homebuyer Workshop
The Road Home
Cost: $100 Per Household
This is an online, self-paced workshop. You must complete the course within 30 days of registration.

Click here to register

 
Proudly Sponsored by:

 

RCAP Solutions Housing Consumer Education Center (HCEC) offers answers to a wide range of questions about housing problems.  Tenants, landlords, prospective buyers and homeowners can access information designed to maximize housing stability, strengthen investments and minimize disputes.

RCAP Solutions is one of nine member agencies of the statewide Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts, acting as the Housing Consumer Education Center for the Worcester County Region.  These agencies offer housing assistance, services, and information to low and moderate income residents of Massachusetts.

 

RCAP Solutions is an organization that has adopted The National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling, a set of guidelines for quality homeownership and counseling services. Industry professionals who adopt these standards can be trusted to provide consistent, high quality advice.  For more information, please visit www.homeownershipstandards.org

RCAP partners with The Health Foundation of Central MA

LogoRCAP Solutions partners with The Health Foundation of Central MA to Assist Rural Communities With Safe Drinking Water

Worcester, MA – RCAP Solutions has completed a project which assisted public water systems in the towns of Ashburnham, Hardwick, Wheelwright, Gilbertville, and Lancaster increase their capacity to plan, operate and manage existing drinking water facilities to ensure their efficiency, affordability, dependability and sustainability. By providing technical, managerial and financial needs assessments, deficiencies were identified, priorities selected, and issues were addressed. As a result, the long-term effects of the project will positively impact over 17,300 residents in small, rural communities and ensure their access to safe and affordable water.

“We are thrilled with the successful outcome of this project which was funded by The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts,” stated Karen A. Koller, President & CEO of RCAP Solutions. “Rural America is right here in our backyard, represented by many communities in Central Massachusetts. We are pleased to be able to fulfill our mission and meet the essential needs of small towns by providing this valuable technical assistance so that community water systems can provide safe, clean drinking water to their residents.”

“Especially because of the extreme drought conditions the region has been experiencing, our awareness of the need for a sufficient supply of clean water is heightened,” said Dr. Jan Yost, President of the Foundation. “We thank RCAP Solutions for helping to assure the residents in these rural communities of their water supply now and into the future.”

Asset management plans were created and implemented in all five of the drinking water systems, offering countless system efficiencies and ultimately enabling the participating communities to be proactive instead of reactive in their decision making processes. These plans help systems identify all of their assets, assess worth, expected lifetime remaining, replacement costs and ultimately look at financial planning to ensure their budgets have room for future needed improvements. Other outcomes which resulted from the project included regionalization studies focused on sharing services to create economies of scale and keep down costs, assistance with federal compliance issues, and uncovering new funding opportunities and potential revenue sources.

The project capstone was a day-long regional asset management training for small water system owners and operators which provided six training contact hours  to 26 attendees including 21 operators representing 17 small community systems. Asset Management may become a MA water system requirement so these three communities and the additional systems that attended the training will be ahead of the game if  a statewide mandate is eventually in place.

About RCAP Solutions, Inc.

Established in 1969, RCAP Solutions mission is to foster personal and public self-reliance and improve the quality of life for individuals, families and the communities in which they live. RCAP Solutions is a comprehensive nonprofit community development corporation that works with communities of all sizes to address a broad range of needs. RCAP Solutions is part of a coordinated nationwide network with an integrated, multi-faceted approach to delivering high-quality services customized to each community’s unique requirements. For more information, please visit www.rcapsolutions.org.

About The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

The Foundation was established in 1999 with the proceeds from the sale of Central Massachusetts Health Care, Inc., a physician-initiated, not-for-profit HMO. The Foundation currently has assets of approximately $68 million and has awarded grants totaling approximately $36 million to improve the health of those who live or work in Central Massachusetts. For further information about the Foundation’s grant programs, please visit The Health Foundation’s website at www.hfcm.org.