Don’t miss out! The application deadline for the Veterans Housing Lottery in Haverhill is today (8/3/2020) at 5:00PM. Open to all Massachusetts Veterans!

Today is the last day that applications are being accepted into a veterans housing lottery for one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in downtown Haverhill (181 Washington St.). You do NOT have to be on Chapter 115 to be eligible.  
70% of units will have Veteran preference, and selection will be by lottery.  The deadline to be entered into the lottery is August 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm.  Applications must be returned by mail to:  PO BOX 511, Haverhill, MA  01831 and postmarked by this date and time.  This is open to all Commonwealth veterans, the criteria are not limited to chapter 115 or disabled veterans.  As long as you are a veteran in need of housing, we encourage you to apply!

Lottery to be held at Veterans Northeast Outreach Center at 10 Reed Street in Haverhill on August 11,2020 at 11:00am.  

Please contact Veterans Northeast Outreach Center with any questions – 978-372-2626.

Applications can be downloaded along with additional information including rental prices and income guidelines at:  www.thegersonbuilding.com.

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Press Release: Bedford VA hosts virtual Veteran town hall Aug. 7

Bedford VA hosts virtual Veteran town hall Aug. 7

 

By Kat Bailey
Bedford VA Medical Center Public Affairs

BEDFORD, Mass. – Bedford VA Medical Center is hosting a virtual town hall on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, for all Veterans who receive care at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital or the community-based outpatient clinics in Lynn, Haverhill, and Gloucester.

 

Bedford VAMC Director Joan Clifford will host the town hall, supported by the leadership team and staff of clinical and administrative experts. This virtual event will include an update on Bedford VAMC’s operational status, what to expect when visiting the medical center, and a question and answer session.

 

To join the town hall, click the link:  Bedford VAMC Veteran Townhall Participant Link 8/7/2020 (http://site-684067.bcvp0rtal.com/).


  • Join the meeting on any device with an internet connection.
  • The platform works with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Firefox. However, if you’re unable to access the platform using one browser, please try another.
  • Use the F5 key to refresh your webpage if you’re having audio/video issues.
  • To ask a question, click Join the Discussion and enter a name and email address, then type your question.
  • To enable closed captioning, click on the button on the top of your screen that says “Click for Captions”

 

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Only ONE WEEK left to apply for the Veterans Housing Lottery in Downtown Haverhill! Applications are due by August 3, 2020.

Applications are now being accepted into a veterans housing lottery for one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in downtown Haverhill (181 Washington St.). You do NOT have to be on Chapter 115 to be eligible.  There will be 44 Apartments available, including 8 one BR, 31 two BR, and 5 three BR units.  There are 2 accessible apartments.  Rent will include heat, electric, and water.  Amenities include:  On-site Parking, On-site Laundry, Air Conditioning, New Construction with Energy Efficient Design, and an Excellent Location. 
70% of units will have Veteran preference, and selection will be by lottery.  The deadline to be entered into the lottery is August 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm.  Applications must be returned by mail to:  PO BOX 511, Haverhill, MA  01831 and postmarked by this date and time.  This is open to all Commonwealth veterans, the criteria are not limited to chapter 115 or disabled veterans.  As long as you are a veteran in need of housing, we encourage you to apply!

Lottery to be held at Veterans Northeast Outreach Center at 10 Reed Street in Haverhill on August 11,2020 at 11:00am.  

Please contact Veterans Northeast Outreach Center with any questions – 978-372-2626.

Applications can be downloaded along with additional information including rental prices and income guidelines at:  www.thegersonbuilding.com.

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Press Release: VA offers debt relief to Veterans through year’s end

Press Release:  VA Offers Debt Relief to Veterans Through Year’s End

WASHINGTON (July 9, 2020)  –  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its commitment to extend debt relief to Veterans adversely impacted by COVID-19 to the end of 2020 by suspending certain debt collection actions.

The department recognizes Veterans and beneficiaries are still being greatly impacted by the coronavirus prompting the extension of financial relief.

“Veterans and their families should be focused on their health and safety during the pandemic,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA is taking action to give those with pending debts greater flexibility during these challenging times.”

VA is suspending all actions on Veteran debts under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Treasury Department. This includes the suspension of collection action or extending repayment terms on preexisting VA debts, whichever the Veteran prefers.

For benefit debts, Veterans should contact the VA Debt Management Center at 1-800-827-0648.

For health care debts, Veterans should contact the Health Resource Center at 1-866-400-1238 or https://www.pay.gov for payments.

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Free Course – Food Insecurity: Bringing Solutions to the Table

Food Insecurity: Bringing Solutions to the Table


“Food Insecurity: Bringing Solutions to the Table” is intended to help you understand how food insecurity happens and offer solutions to this problem. By the end of the course, you should be able to: Understand what food security means; Recognize how Veterans and their families can become food insecure; and Determine ways you can help Veterans in your community be food secure. The course is introduced by Senator Tammy Duckworth.

Learn more about this course here:  https://psycharmor.org/courses/mazon-food-insecurity-bringing-solutions-to-the-table/


Register:  https://psycharmor.org/


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Veterans Housing Lottery in Downtown Haverhill – applications due by August 3, 2020

Applications are now being accepted into a veterans housing lottery for one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in downtown Haverhill (181 Washington St.). You do NOT have to be on Chapter 115 to be eligible.  There will be 44 Apartments available, including 8 one BR, 31 two BR, and 5 three BR units.  There are 2 accessible apartments.  Rent will include heat, electric, and water.  Amenities include:  On-site Parking, On-site Laundry, Air Conditioning, New Construction with Energy Efficient Design, and an Excellent Location. 
70% of units will have Veteran preference, and selection will be by lottery.  The deadline to be entered into the lottery is August 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm.  Applications must be returned by mail to:  PO BOX 511, Haverhill, MA  01831 and postmarked by this date and time.  This is open to all Commonwealth veterans, the criteria are not limited to chapter 115 or disabled veterans.  As long as you are a veteran in need of housing, we encourage you to apply!

Lottery to be held at Veterans Northeast Outreach Center at 10 Reed Street in Haverhill on August 11,2020 at 11:00am.  

Please contact Veterans Northeast Outreach Center with any questions – 978-372-2626.

Applications can be downloaded along with additional information including rental prices and income guidelines at:  www.thegersonbuilding.com.

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Did you purchase a Field of Honor flag? Pick it up on Saturday, July 11, 2020 (9am-Noon) at 3 Great Pond Road, North Andover.

The Exchange Club of Lawrence and the Andovers has concluded the 2nd Annual Field of Honor.  Flags may be picked up by those who purchase them at the Old Center Hall (3 Great Pond Road) in North Andover.  Pick up will be available from 9 a.m. until Noon tomorrow, Saturday, July 11th.
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Disabled Veterans eligible for free National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass

A little-known benefit from the Interior Department gives military veterans with any disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs a free lifetime pass to national parks and other recreation areas, as well as discounts on some fees.

The lifetime Access Pass is advertised as available to those who “have been medically determined to have a permanent disability … does not have to be a 100 percent disability.” – A National Parks official confirmed that any veteran with a disability rating from the VA should be able to access it.
“If a veteran has [a] disability paper that states they have a 10 percent disability, etc., the ranger would accept it,” Kathy Kupper, a National Parks spokesperson, said in an email.

Veterans who have been medically determined to have a disability are eligible for the Lifetime Access Pass—with three options for obtaining the pass:

  1. Order the Access Pass online
  2. Obtain the pass through mail by filling out a paper application form
  3. Visit a participating federal recreation site where interagency passes are issued

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