New center is aimed at reducing poverty in Lynn
It officially launches with an event Wednesday, November 19th, 11:30am to 12:30pm.
Taking aim at the City’s 21.9% poverty rate, which is nearly twice the statewide average, the Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development (LHAND) and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley are announcing the grand opening and launch of the Lynn Family Success Center at the J.B. Blood Building, 20 Wheeler Street.
A cornerstone of the Family Success Center will be the financial stability services (known as the Financial Stability Center model) that will connect families to jobs; improve skills through education and training; help build assets and skills through financial education, coaching and credit counseling; and help those in immediate need with access to income supports and benefits. Also housed at the Center will be LHAND’s housing and case management programs, services for veterans, Lynn’s Continuum of Care centralized intake services, partner agencies that provide child care resources and family nurturing programs for grandparents, fathers and families, and the planning coalitions for homeless services in the region.
This center is one of six centers operated by the United Way in the region and includes a partnership with Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), which is providing employment services and vocational English as Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. The North Shore Career Center will also be providing employment services on site at the center.
The Lynn Family Success Center will also serve as the hub for a partnership between United Way, LHAND and Lynn Public Schools, funded by the Siemer Institute for Family Stability, to connect homeless children, and those at-risk of homelessness, to academic support and resources, and also connect their families to the services of the financial stability center.