Apartments Available

HubbardstonHouse1Brochure-PApplications are now being accepted for Studio apartments at Hubbardston House Apartments, 1 Old Princeton Road Cut-Off, Hubbardston, 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 978.928.5922. TY 978.630.6754.

Click here for our full flyer:  Studio Flyer_Hubbardston_June2015

Free water testing and workshop in PA

water workshopResidents who rely on a private well, spring or cistern for their drinking water can receive  on Tuesday, June 2 at the Penn State Extension office in Montgomery County, PA.

This clinic will provide education on proper location, construction, testing, maintenance, protection and treatment of private drinking water wells, springs and cisterns. Participants can bring a sample of their drinking water for on-site water testing for several basic water quality parameters including coliform bacteria, E. coli bacteria, pH, total dissolved solids, and nitrate. All tests except bacteria will be done during the two hour clinic.
Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 80 attendees per session and free water testing is limited to one sample per household and 30 total samples per session. Registered attendees will be given more information about how to collect water samples for the workshop.
For more information or to register, contact Ms. Sukh Singh, RCAP Solutions, at 412-554-2572 , email: ssingh@rcapsolutions.org or click here for brochure:  PA_Montgomery county sdwc
The registration deadline is May 29, 2015. The workshop is sponsored by Penn State Extension, RCAP Solutions, and the Penn State Master Well Owner Network.

Calais, ME Water Department Welcomes RCAP Staff

IMG_2531The Calais Water Department welcomed RCAP staff to their facility to perform the Basics of Operator Math training.

Fourteen operators from eight different systems attended the training and received 3.75 training contact hours from the State of Maine. The training was well received by operators with different levels of math knowledge. The operators each brought different strengths and were often helping each other during practice problems.

IMG_2536Mia McDonald, a technical assistance provider in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island with RCAP Solutions, led the training and was assisted by the State Lead for Maine, Art Astarita.

Ms. McDonald brings over fifteen years as a math tutor, as well as a lifelong love of math given by her math educator parents. Mr. Astarita was able to connect with systems to begin new relationships with RCAP Solutions to offer assistance with future trainings, locating funding sources and asset management.

Action Alert – Support Homelessness Prevention

Please Contact your MA State Senator and Ask for Restored Funding for Housing Consumer Education Centers.

RCAP Solutions, along with the eight partner agencies that provide vital housing programs and services to families throughout the Commonwealth, request that funding for the Housing Consumer Education Centers (amendment 335) be restored to the FY14 level of $2.6 million. This amendment will allow HCECs to meet the continued demand for services from individuals and families at urgent risk of homelessness and serve all Massachusetts residents in need of housing supports and services.

The Commonwealth’s nine Housing Consumer Education Centers (HCECs) are the front line for housing crisis response across the state.  They are an essential element in the delivery system for other state-funded programs, including RAFT and HomeBASE.

HCECs have assisted more than 56,350 households through March of this fiscal year, and are on track to assist more than 75,000 households this fiscal year. Over the last ten years, this assistance has an average cost of less than $28 per household.

Crisis prevention and housing education services provided through the HCECs result in fewer evictions and foreclosures and take pressure off housing courts and other state services. However, assisting people in crisis requires time-intensive counseling by professional staff.

We ask you to contact your Massachusetts State Senator immediately and ask that they support Senator Wolf’s amendment 335.  This will restore RCAP Solutions’ ability to serve the residents of Central Massachusetts through the cost effective HCEC program, by providing $2.6 million in Fiscal Year 2016, restoring funding to the nine regional housing agencies.

Find your MA State Senator by clicking here.

For more information, please click here or contact Brian Scales, Chief Development and Governmental Affairs Officer at 978-630-6649 or bscales@rcapsolutions.org.

Thank you for your continued support.

RCAP Solutions is Seeking Board Members

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Would you like to make a difference in your community? RCAP Solutions is actively seeking new board members to fill several available seats.

Thoughtful, philanthropic, strategic, aggressive, dynamic, innovative, professional… Do any of these attributes describe you?

We seek energetic leaders, located in the Northeastern United States or the Caribbean, with a wide range of expertise who want to change the world… One individual, one family, one business, one community at a time.

For more information on being considered for service on our Board of Directors or joining one of our committees, please review the brochure and application links below or contact Karen A. Koller, President & CEO at (800) 488-1969 x 6630 or kkoller@rcapsolutions.org.

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Board Application

 

Drinking Water Week!

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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, 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 2014:

  • Technical assistance to enrolled communities: 115
  • Number of trainings conducted: 32
  • Number of participants trained: 606
  • Low income population served: 45,582
  • Leveraged funding for capital projects: $62,695,272
  • Dollar amount of loan funds awarded: $850,000
  • Participation in task forces and advisory Committees: 22

If you have any questions about how our programs can support your communities, please contact John Linehan at 978.630.6658.

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

2014/2015 Bi-Annual Report

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Our longtime goal of  providing “The World We Want” to individuals, families, communities and small businesses, coupled with our work providing essential needs such as safe drinking water and affordable housing, makes today, Earth Day, the perfect day to release our 2014/2015 Bi-Annual Report: 45+ Years and Still Going Strong. 

Click here to view in flip book virtual format

Click here to download a PDF file

We hope you enjoy reading the compelling testimonials from our constituents and see the hard work and dedication our staff provides day in and day out to those we serve.

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

The Story of Water

StoryofBottledWaterHappy Earth Day Friends! This video about bottled water is well worth the time and the message “Clean, Safe Water for All” is an important one!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se12y9hSOM0

For information about the work we do to help small, rural communities address their drinking water, wastewater, and other community development needs, visit http://www.rcapsolutions.org/community-resources/.

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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