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Friday, March 31, 2017

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES $9 MILLION INVESTMENT IN ROOF AND BOILER REPLACEMENTS AT FIVE BOSTON SCHOOLS


MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES $9 MILLION INVESTMENT IN ROOF AND BOILER REPLACEMENTS AT FIVE BOSTON SCHOOLS

BOSTON - Friday, March 31, 2017 - As part of the Walsh Administration's commitment to improve schools, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the City of Boston will invest over $9.2 million for roof and boiler replacements at five schools, after approval by the City Council on Wednesday. The five schools that will receive funding are: Boston Latin School, James F. Condon Elementary in South Boston, John W. McCormack Middle School in Dorchester, Paul A. Dever Elementary School in Dorchester and the William E. Channing Elementary School in Hyde Park.

The Walsh Administration has put a renewed focus on maximizing the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) as a resource for improving facilities. While Boston has contributed almost $1 billion to the MSBA since its creation, the City has only been approved for $65 million in capital spending.

"While the teaching and learning inside schools is of the utmost importance, the actual physical school building themselves need to provide a safe and welcoming environment for our kids to grow and thrive," said Mayor Walsh. "Accessing and utilizing MSBA funds allows Boston to update and modernize our facilities and increase cost-savings. I want to thank the City Council for approving these critical investments."

This roof and boiler replacement project leverages nearly $6.1 million in MSBA Accelerated Repair Funds, a program focused on performing energy-efficient and cost-saving upgrades, which will result in direct operational savings for the school district.

"Projects like these make an important difference in our students' learning environment while also providing significant savings for the school district," said BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang. "This is one of the many improvements the City of Boston has in store for Boston Public Schools over the next decade and I look forward to the end results."

Mayor Walsh recently announced a $1 billion commitment to improve Boston's school buildings through?BuildBPS, a ten-year Educational and Facilities Master Plan for Boston Public Schools. Mayor Walsh also committed $13 million in near term investments for schools across the district through the creation of the 21st Century Schools Fund.

In 2016, Mayor Walsh invested?$25.1 million for door and window replacement?at seven schools, which leveraged nearly $16.4 million in MSBA accelerated Repair Funds. This project will allow for nearly 3,000 windows to be replaced at these schools by the fall

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES NEW INVESTMENTS TO BUILD BOSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT TALENT PIPELINE

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES NEW INVESTMENTS TO BUILD BOSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT TALENT PIPELINE
Investments include new police cadet class; new class of 100 officers to start in August 2017
BOSTON - Friday, March 31, 2017 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans today announced the addition of a new class for the Boston Police Cadet Program, a training program for Boston's youth seeking a career in law enforcement, as part of the FY18 budget proposal being announced next Wednesday. In addition, Mayor Walsh announced a new class of 100 recruits is set to begin training in August 2017, marking the largest police class in recent years.

"The City of Boston has the best police force in the country, and through these investments we're able to continue building a pipeline of individuals who are committed to protecting and serving their community," said Mayor Walsh. "Since reinstating the Boston Police Cadet program in 2016, we have taken a step forward in making the police more reflective of our communities. I am proud that in the coming year we will be able to expand this opportunity, while adding an additional class of officers who will work hard to keep Boston safe and make a positive impact in our neighborhoods."

Beginning in the fall of 2017, the Boston Police Department will begin processing applicants for the cadet program, which will add a class of 20 cadets, providing a stable pipeline of young people for future police officer classes.

"The Cadet program is a proven way for the Department to recruit and mentor young people seeking a career with the Boston Police," said Commissioner Evans. "As a former cadet, I recognize and appreciate the value of having this program available for the young people in our city. I thank the Mayor for his commitment to the program and look forward to welcoming the new cadets to the Department in the fall." ?

To be eligible, candidates must be between the ages of 18-24, be a current resident of Boston, and have maintained Boston residency for the last five years, be a United States citizen, have a valid Massachusetts driver's license and take and pass the exam. All highly motivated young men and women who meet the above requirements are encouraged to apply.

In November of 2016, Mayor Walsh and Police Commissioner Evans swore in the first class of Police Cadets since 2009. ?Building on the success of recruiting a diverse class of 42 included 74% cadets of color and 36% female cadets, Mayor Walsh's FY18 budget adds another class, for a total of 60 cadets.

In the last year, new hires at BPD mirrored the city's Black and Hispanic populations, with 24% of hires being Black and 18% of them Hispanic. Also, the new hires were 36% female.

These investments in the talent pipeline are showing results in terms of safety on the streets of Boston. For the first quarter of 2017 violent crime is down 6% and total part one crime is down 11%, keeping Boston one of the safest major cities of its size in the country. ?

This year through March 26th, homicides have seen a 45% decrease compared to last year for the same time period. Rape and Attempted Rape is down 19% over last year; total aggravated assaults are down 11%. Total burglary in the city is also down 14%.

Non-fatal shooting incidents are also down this year compared to last year, with 1 fewer incident through March 26th. Arrests in Boston are also continuing to decline with 16% fewer arrests made this year over last year.

About the Boston Police Cadet Program
The Cadet program is a minimum of a two-year commitment. Cadets rotate throughout the Department in various assignments and shifts, including Headquarters, District Stations, and other specialized units throughout the City. Primary responsibilities include: routine clerical and administrative duties, answering phones, data entry, traffic duty, utilizing Department vehicles, barrier work, and related duties as required.

If selected for appointment, candidates must pass an extensive screening process including: drug testing, a pre-employment physical, an extensive criminal background check, and a rigorous 8 week cadet training program (both academic and physical in nature) at the Boston Police Academy.

加斯林姜之飨宴表扬黄官羡 宣布进南京打造健康城

金良城代表金良城感谢黄官羡。

(Boston Orange周菊子倍投方案图片顿报导)加斯林糖尿病中心327日晚在倍投方案图片顿美术博物馆举行第13姜之飨宴筹款会,表扬长期支持者,帝苑大酒楼东主黄官羡,并宣布将和南京市政府及红瑞资本合作,打造南京国际健康城"

为这南京江北新区开发居间牵线合作的红瑞资本,当晚还由执行董事郭先奎做代表,捐款5万元支持加斯林糖尿病中心的研究,治疗工作。

就任加斯林糖尿病中心董事长暨执行长甫一年半的Peter Amenta当晚指出,附属於哈佛大学的加斯林糖尿病中心,过去120年来,尽管在倍投方案图片顿只占据一踽,却在全球享有声誉,从Eliott P. Joslin博士创办以来,就从事最全面,整合,最先进的糖尿病门诊,研究及教育。

今年是加斯林糖尿病中心创建120周年,创办人Eliott P. Josln150岁,以及发现胰岛素100周年的年份,加斯林糖尿病中心将继续相关工作,并由该中心的亚裔协进会(AADI)”带领,关注亚裔尽管体重及体脂(BMI)都比较低,染患糖尿病及并发肝病的风险却更高等状况。


加斯林执行长Peter Amenta(右)接受郭先奎代表红瑞资本捐款5万元
加斯林糖尿病中心资深副总裁暨首席科学家金良城从1990年代创办亚裔协进会,致力研究糖尿病对亚裔的影响。他指出,该中心在地方,全美,以及世界,都不断发挥着巨大影响力。跨入2017年,他们将持续努力。推广以BMI23为检测亚裔是否有感染糖尿病危机的标准,举办散步俱乐部",深入社区的从生活上影响民众行为,宣导预防胜於治疗观念。他们也将继续不断寻找新生物标签,以期在门诊时就能更周全的发现那些亚裔有染患糖尿病危险。

金良城在筹款会上还点名感谢今年姜之飨宴的两名共同主席,Hepzi Fonesca,以及Nandan Padukone,过去13年来,年年出席的5位名厨,包括Summer ShackJasper White,常熟餐厅的陈维礼一家人,缅粉烘培店的张安柔(Joanne Chang)等人,以及曾大力捐助,并已连续数年举办点心宴,为加斯林糖尿病中心筹款,迄今已累计达12000元的帝苑大酒楼东主黄官羡。

今年的姜之飨宴有29家食肆参加,各自设计了对糖尿病患者也适合的美食。常熟餐厅的陈维礼特地用法式烹调法,制作了一道养生鸡汤,由於得用特殊道具,除非特别订制,一般还吃不到。其他的华裔大厨或餐厅东主还包括新英格兰厨艺学校的甄碧凤, JP Fuji集团的梁战士,蔡明,BASHO的陈丽莉,陈嘉宁,华埠餐厅的伍伟业,龙凤酒楼及Shojo的梅沛杰等人。
加斯林金良城(左起)与倍投方案图片顿华埠社区中心董事长锺洁姿,大同房地产
周树昂。(周菊子摄)

加斯林AADI创办人金良城(左一),徐千田(右二)与甄碧凤(左二),
王本仁。

常熟餐厅大厨陈维礼。
Basho餐厅东主陈嘉宁,陈丽莉,大厨Amorncharoenchi (Pap) Wongsakorn。
梅沛杰(左)代表龙凤餐厅和Shojo。
左起,陈丽莉,梁战士,王本仁,柯志明,陈秀惠,吴伯玺,易保民等餐厅东主和牙医,建筑师。
华人医务中心的董事们。
倍投方案图片顿侨教中心主任欧宏伟夫妇也出席盛会,和徐千田夫人,李洁英等嘉宾。

JP Fuji集团负责人梁战士(右起)及蔡明,Blair。
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

GE and MassRobotics Partner to Advance Robotics


GE and MassRobotics Partner to Advance Robotics

Collaboration Supports Advancements in Manufacturing Techniques for the Digital Industrial Economy



Boston (March 30, 2017)?– GE and MassRobotics announced today a partnership to accelerate innovation in the robotics industry. MassRobotics will support GE in attracting and assessing more innovative robotics startups, research projects and corporate engagements for investment, partnership, licensing and acquisition opportunities. GE will partner with MassRobotics to host events and discussions in areas such as advanced manufacturing, 3D printing, connected devices, drones and AI.



“As GE expands its presence in Boston and grows its involvement in the robotics space, this partnership helps to connect our world-class experts and business leaders in this area with Boston’s best and brightest, from new startups to industry partners to those in academia,” said John Lizzi, R&D manager, GE Global Research. “MassRobotics will provide GE with new levels of access to this thriving ecosystem while GE will share technical expertise, domain knowledge and the ability to address the world’s toughest problems.”



The partnership with MassRobotics will further GE’s efforts to establish a Digital Institute at its new corporate headquarters in Boston.? GE’s Digital Institute, known as the “GEDI” project, will accelerate the company’s efforts to leverage Boston’s rich digital ecosystem of start-ups, universities, entrepreneurs and others.



“We are thrilled to welcome GE and its team to MassRobotics’ exceptional network of strategic partners and rapidly growing global ecosystem. GE and its unique commitment to MassRobotics is a significant value-add to our startups,” said Fady Saad, MassRobotics cofounder and director of partnerships.



MassRobotics has an extensive network with more than 400 companies, 10 academic institutions and 20 industry-focused associations and organization. The organization drives international outreach and has active engagements with Ireland, UK, China, Singapore, Chile, France, Canada and UAE, and continues to engage with different countries. MassRobotics regular meetups and events attract an average of 150 people affiliated with the robotics industry.

Bill aims to mobilize skilled practitioners trained abroad to help meet Mass. healthcare needs


Bill aims to mobilize skilled practitioners trained abroad to help meet Mass. healthcare needs



More than 20% of foreign-trained doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other health professionals living in the Commonwealth are unemployed or working outside their fields.



Massachusetts has a lot of doctors, but when it comes to meeting basic needs, it falls short. More than 7 percent of state residents lack adequate access to primary care, dental care, or mental health services. This includes more than 500,000 low-income people in 25 cities and towns in Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Middlesex, Suffolk and Worcester Counties.



A new bill before the Massachusetts Legislature aims to narrow the gap by tapping into a major source of underused talent: the 8,000 foreign-trained health professionals living in the Commonwealth, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and mental health professionals, among others. More than 20 percent of those practitioners are currently unemployed or working in lower-skilled jobs. They have been unable to reenter their professions due to complex and costly licensing requirements, lack of information, and lack of targeted career services.



The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jack Lewis (D-Ashland) in the House and Sen. Jason M. Lewis (D-Winchester) in the Senate, and cosponsored by dozens of their colleagues, would create a commission to explore ways to reduce licensing and other barriers to professional integration, enabling these providers to provide health services to state residents in areas of greatest need. The commission’s findings would also benefit U.S. citizens who study medicine abroad.



“We are excited about this opportunity to address an ongoing lack of adequate healthcare access for our residents, particularly in more rural areas – with a common-sense and cost-effective solution,” said Rep. Lewis. “This bill would allow us to leverage the incredible skill and knowledge base of the Commonwealth’s biggest asset: our immigrant population. I am thrilled to be working on such an important bill as I start my State House career.”



Research shows that foreign-trained clinicians are more likely to work in underserved areas, and when they do, they can significantly improve health outcomes. Minority physicians and physicians of color also serve a disproportionate share of underserved populations, including patients with limited English skills. Diversity in healthcare providers is strongly associated with improved access to care for racial and ethnic minority patients.



“Communities do best when they make the most of the talent available to them,” said Eva A. Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition. “This bill is an important first step toward integrating immigrant health care professionals into our workforce and directing their skills to where they are most needed. Many of these practitioners came to our Commonwealth as refugees, and are eager to serve their communities – they want nothing more than to give back to the society that welcomed them.”



Jeff Thielman, President and CEO of the International Institute of New England, echoed that perspective. “This bill improves access to healthcare for underserved communities in Massachusetts, and it leverages the talent of highly skilled, multilingual medical professionals who are eager to use their training to help people in the Commonwealth,” he said. “It’s a win for communities in Massachusetts and a win for new Americans.”



The inter-agency commission created by the legislation would include senior executive branch officials, House and Senate leadership, both Chairs of the Joint Committee on Public Health, and representatives of all boards of registration in health professions. Together, they would identify barriers to practice for foreign-trained medical professionals, with the goal of directing their services to rural and underserved areas with the greatest need.



“This Commission will allow the legislature to look carefully at this issue and to determine what the Commonwealth’s next steps should be,” said Sen. Lewis. “We feel strongly that there are many positive steps that we could take to ensure that talent is not being wasted, and that populations are able to access the quality healthcare that they deserve.”



The commission would explore strategies to integrate foreign-trained medical professionals into rural and underserved areas needing health services; identify state or national licensing regulations that pose unnecessary barriers to practice; recommend possible changes to state licensing requirements; and develop guidelines for full or conditional licensing of foreign-trained health professionals. The commission would file a report containing its recommendations including any legislation and necessary regulations with the Joint Committee on Public Health no later than July 1, 2018.



Note to editors: The bill, titled “An Act to increase access to healthcare in underserved areas of Massachusetts,” was filed as S.1216 and H.3248. Rep. Lewis, Sen. Lewis, Eva Millona of MIRA, and medical professionals who can speak from experience on this issue are available for interviews; please contact Marion Davis (see details at top).

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

错过健保登记期?你可能仍拥有健康联络者特别登记资格

错过健保登记期?你可能仍拥有健康联络者特别登记资格

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2017年的健保公开登记已经结束,但是个人和家庭如果符合特别登记期资格,仍然可以通过健康联络者来获得协助,购买一个高质量的健保计划。

某些生活中的大事件发生可以帮助人们获得特别登记的资格,包括:
·???????结婚或生小孩
·???????因丢失工作或从麻州健保失去了健保
·???????到了26而无法再从家庭计划中获得健保
·???????搬到麻州
·???????成为合法移民
从上述生活事件发生日起,个人将可拥有60天时间来通过健康联络者登记健保或更改健保计划。
例如,如果某对夫妇在31日结婚,那麽他们在4月底前都可以联络健康联络者,完成健保申请、购买和选择一个新的健保计划。

所有的健康联络者健保计划覆盖的范围包括:就医、急诊服务、住院、预防护理、处方药、检测服务、怀孕、精神健康和药物滥用情况。

符合收入标准的麻州居民可以在任何时候参与麻州健保或联络者护理计划来获得健保。
想要今天就获得健保,可登陆网站www.MAhealthconnector.org或致电1-877-623-6765寻求中文服务。

新罕布夏州众议会通过支持台湾友好宣言




驻倍投方案图片顿台北经济文化办事处赖处长铭琪偕林副组长美呈328日赴新罕布夏州首府康科德(Concord),会晤州众议会议长贾思珀(Shawn Jasper),贾思珀议长首先宣读由渠代表州众议会签发之支持台湾与新州深化友谊之宣言 (Declaration),并在其他州众议员之观礼下,将该宣言转交赖处长,气氛友好。

该项宣言内容阐明台湾与新州具深厚情谊,在经贸往来、教育合作、文化交流及科技创新等场域上,均具多面向合作,2015年台湾为新州在亚洲之第六大出口市场,紧密关系可见一斑;宣言内容另敍及新州与台湾共享民主、自由法治及自由经济等共同价值,肯定台湾在2016年透过直接选举,选出第14届正副总统,是亚太地区推动自由民主之典范;并肯定台湾作为维护区域和平,尤其是南海与东海和平之重要行为者等。州众议会支持新州与台湾持续经贸及投资合作,并支持台湾参与重要之国际组织或条约。

本年新州州众议会通过该项友好宣言,系2008年以来首度提出,对双边持续创造多元性、实质性之合作,具重要意义。新州众议会该项宣言系继本年2月罗德岛州众议会及佛蒙特州众议会後,新英格兰地区第三个通过类似友好决议或宣言之州。

除众议长Shawn Jasper外,其他到场观礼之州众议员包括多数党领袖Dick Hinch、少数党领袖Steve Shertleff、少数党助理领袖Benjamin BaroodyMary Jane Wallner、资深议员Linda DiSilvestroShannon ChandleyGeorge Sykes等。

MAYOR WALSH HONORED? WITH NCLR CAPITAL AWARD


MAYOR WALSH HONORED?
WITH NCLR CAPITAL AWARD



Honored for work that positively impacts the Latino community



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Mayor Walsh and Mayor?Garcetti?with their awards.?



WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh was honored tonight at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) 30th Annual Capital Awards Gala. Mayor Walsh was recognized as a leader in a ceremony that highlighted elected officials who promote policies and legislation that positively impacts the Latino community. Mayor Walsh received the 2017 Capital Award for his efforts to promote the safety and unity of all families in the face of anti-immigrant threats. Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles and strategist Ana Navarro also received awards. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía honored the awardees.

"I want to thank Chairwoman Renata Soto, President Janet Murguía and the National Council of La Raza for this incredible honor. I am humbled to accept this award," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston would not be the world-class city it is today if it weren't for the generations of immigrants who built and shaped our city. We can never turn our backs on people who come here for a better life, and here in Boston, we recognize that diversity is our greatest strength. We have amazing diversity in our Latino community and beyond, and I am proud to fight for the voices and rights of all people."

"This past January, the Department of Homeland Security sent shockwaves through our community when they issued a memo that would allow for the indiscriminate targeting of many in our community," said President Murguía. "Mayor Walsh and Mayor Garcetti were among the bold leaders who took a stand against this cruel and unnecessary policy -- choosing to fight politics of division with understanding and common sense. Their actions served as an example of courageous leadership and a much-needed reminder that our country's values should be the driving force behind governing."

In addition to Mayor Walsh's vocal support and protection of the immigrant community, Boston's robust Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA) provides daily services to Boston's immigrants, many of whom are part of the Latino community. The Office for Immigrant Advancement works to support English language classes, naturalization services and free immigration consultations with volunteer attorneys.


Erika Gonzalez, anchor at NBC4 Washington, served as mistress of ceremonies at the gala, which took place at the National Building Museum. AARP and Wells Fargo served as event Co-Chairs. Vice Chairs for Capital Awards included BP America Inc., Charter Communications, Univision Communications, Inc. and UPS.

About NCLR ?
NCLR-the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States-works to build a stronger America by creating opportunities for Latinos. For more information on NCLR, please visit?www.nclr.org?or follow along on?Facebook?and?Twitter.

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Rate Increases For Early Education And Care Programs


Baker-Polito Administration Announces Rate Increases For Early Education And Care Programs

Department of Early Education and Care will also increase access to child care for low-income families



BOSTON?–?The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a 6 percent rate increase for all early education programs that provide care for low-income families, worth $28.6 million, which represents the largest rate hike for subsidized early education and care programs in 10 years.



The Administration also plans to reinvest an additional $9.3 million on an annual basis to provide further rate hikes to some infant and toddler care providers to ensure they are paid the median reimbursement rate.



The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) will also increase access to child care - serving approximately 1,100 more children during FY’18 - by reissuing vouchers from families that no longer need subsidized care during the year, which would have gone unused otherwise.



The significant investment in rate increases will support early educator salaries and benefits at early education and care programs in order to improve hiring and retention issues faced by programs that serve families receiving state subsidies.



Along with the rate increases, EEC plans to ensure income-eligible children receive access to at least 12 months of continuous care, regardless of changes in family status.



“We are pleased to work with the Legislature to provide these rate increases for providers who care and educate our youngest residents,”?said?Governor Charlie Baker.?“It is vital for these programs to be able to train and retain experienced staff, and these rates increases will help them accomplish that important aspect of any high-quality child care program.”



“This significant investment will ensure our state’s early education and care programs are able to pay good teachers more, and help improve the quality of programs by maintaining continuity of staff,”?said?Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.



The rate increases depend on legislative approval to move available funding from Fiscal Year ’17 to Fiscal Year ’18.



“These rate increases represent a historic investment in our early education workforce, which in combination with other initiatives and policy reforms, lays a strong foundation for meaningful quality improvements in this crucial sector of our education system,”?said Education Secretary James Peyser.



“With today’s announcement, the Commonwealth moves one step closer to universal access to high quality early education services. The Senate has long prioritized funding to expand access to those services, as well as supporting efforts to boost quality and rates,"?said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).? "There are few items in the state budget where the return on investment is as great as early education and care services.”



"Teachers are at the heart of a high-quality early education and care system,”?said Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber. ?“I am thrilled that the Department is able to make this important progress to help early education programs provide better compensation for our workforce and recognize their important work and valuable contribution to our Commonwealth."



“Promoting children’s healthy development starts with investing in the?adults?who care for them,”?said Board of Early Education and Care Chair Nonie Lesaux. “We know from decades of research that?rich, rigorous, and fun learning opportunities are more likely when?educators?are well-trained and are able to stay and grow in their professional roles. This rate increase is an essential investment in those who?are so vital to?the Commonwealth’s youngest citizens.”



"The tentative agreement reached by our union SEIU Local 509 and the Baker-Polito administration is a positive step forward in our fight for fair wages and quality training for all individuals in our state,”?said President of SEIU Local 509 Peter MacKinnon.?“I am proud of the work that our union has done to secure a contract that directly invests and supports our educators and families of the commonwealth while also developing the workforce.? We would like to thank the Department of Early Education and Care in working with us to reach this tentative agreement and are especially grateful to the Commonwealth's leadership -- Governor Baker, Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Rosenberg, and the entire Legislature -- for making early education, and those that provide it, a priority."


“These funds will help programs attract and retain qualified educators, which will help ensure that children receive high-quality early education and care,"?said William Eddy, Executive Director, Massachusetts Early Care and Education.? "On behalf of the early educators in the Commonwealth, I thank the Baker-Polito Administration and the Department of Early Education and Care for their leadership and critical investment in our educators, families, and future.”?



The new funding will extend the 3.6 percent rate increase to state-subsidized family child care programs, who are represented by the Service International Employees’ Union Local 509 (SEIU 509). Earlier this year, center-based early education and care programs received a 3.6 percent increase in reimbursement rates.



Funding for these initiatives is available due to the full implementation of the state’s Child Care Financial Assistance System (CCFA), a new technology platform for managing $500 million awarded annually in early education and care subsidies



CCFA provides improved accuracy for verifying subsidy eligibility through real-time data validation at each step of the award process and stricter enforcement of financial assistance policies and regulations.?All subsidized care providers are required to use CCFA for documenting subsidy eligibility, authorizing awards, reporting child attendance, and submitting billing requests to the Department of Early Education and Care.


Currently the state subsidizes approximately 4,200 early education and care programs to provide high-quality care at minimal - or no-cost for families who are low-income, or in-need of assistance.? Collectively, the subsidies provided to these programs support the enrollment of approximately 56,000 children daily.? The funding for the subsidized child care programs is provided through the state budget and is administered by the Department of Early Education and Care.

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $20 Million for Supportive Affordable Housing

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $20 Million for Supportive Affordable Housing
Funding will support the creation of 177 units of housing for vulnerable populations across Massachusetts

BOSTON –?Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced a total of $20 million in awards to seven affordable housing projects in Massachusetts, to support the creation and preservation of 177 supportive housing units for homeless families and individuals, veterans, the elderly and individuals with disabilities. The awarded projects will provide affordable rental housing to extremely low-income families and individuals, and provide wraparound services to residents.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay announced the funding today, alongside elected officials and officials from The Neighborhood Developers, at an event in Chelsea.

“These awards leverage state and federal funding to serve our most vulnerable communities,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration strongly believes in the value of affordable housing, and as advocates for every Massachusetts resident we will continue to work with our federal, local and community partners to ensure housing is shared priority.”

“These seven projects will create housing that specifically targets our state’s at-risk populations, including veterans, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and formerly homeless women and families,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “I’m incredibly proud of our commitment to ensuring all of our residents are not only able to access housing, but also the supportive services they need to succeed.”

Funding for these projects includes $3.1 million from the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF), a newly-authorized federal program that supports the development of affordable housing for low-income individuals and families that include supportive services. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is supporting the awarded projects through $14.9 million in state affordable housing subsidies, and 100 project-based Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) vouchers. DHCD also allocated approximately $2 million in state and federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to the awarded projects.

“Housing with wraparound supportive services gives residents the tools necessary to break the cycle of homelessness,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Putting our residents on the path towards stability by connecting them to education, job training, transportation assistance, childcare and more services, strengthens communities across Massachusetts.”

“The challenges presented by homelessness and housing instability to families and individuals are significant,” said Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Chrystal Kornegay. “Supportive services allow us to meet families and individuals where they are, providing assistance in a holistic manner to tackle the issues that stand between residents and long-term stability.”

The Baker-Polito Administration has implemented a comprehensive approach to reducing homelessness through early intervention, diversion and wraparound services for homeless and at-risk populations, as well as through the creation of affordable rental housing for homeless and at-risk families and individuals. These efforts have resulted in a significant reduction in the number families residing in shelter across the state, reducing Emergency Assistance caseloads by over 23%. Since 2015, the administration has reduced the number of homeless families living in overflow shelter in hotels and motels from 1,500 families, to less than 70.

Last May, the Baker-Polito Administration unveiled a 5-year capital budget plan that includes a $1.1 billion commitment to increasing housing production, an 18 percent funding increase for mixed-income housing production, and affordable housing preservation. The administration and MassHousing also committed a separate $100 million to support the construction of 1,000 new workforce housing units. Since 2015 the Baker-Polito Administration has provided direct funding to create and preserve over 3,000 units of affordable housing across Massachusetts.

2017 Supportive Housing Awards:

Montello Welcome Home II, Brockton
Montello Welcome Home II, sponsored by Father Bill’s & MainSpring, will create 23 new supportive housing units for homeless veterans and other homeless individuals, and provide a comprehensive package of services to help residents retain their tenancies and prevent relapse into homelessness. DHCD awarded $500,000 in HTF funding, and $2.6 million in state subsidy.

242 Spencer, Chelsea
The Neighborhood Developers will revitalize a vacant building at 242 Spencer Street and create 34 new units of affordable rental housing for families. The project will include 3 units targeted to low income persons with disabilities and 8 units for formerly homeless families who will receive supportive services from Housing Families, Inc. DHCD awarded $500,000 in HTF funding, $1.1 million in state and federal low-income housing tax credits, and $3.125 million in state subsidy.

House of Hope 3, Lowell
House of Hope, Inc. will renovate a former assisted living facility to create 17 units of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless families, and provide residents with comprehensive supportive services, including education, job training, and child care services. DHCD awarded $500,000 in HTF funding, and $3.7 million in state subsidy.

Under One Roof, New Bedford
Under One Roof, sponsored by the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts, will renovate a building that currently houses the YWCA’s existing office space to create 8 units of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless or incarcerated women. Under One Roof will include a child-care facility. The project will consolidate and unify the YWCA’s administrative, program, and residential activities at one site in a state-of-the-art facility. DHCD awarded $451,000 in HTF funding, and $550,000 in state subsidy.

Hillside Residence, West Springfield
The non-profit Sisters of Providence will build a new, 36-unit supportive housing residence for elders who are homeless and at risk of institutionalization. The project will be sited on the campus of an existing elder service compound, and on-site services will be available through a federal Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) operated by MERCY Life. DHCD awarded $500,000 in HTF funding, and $2 million in state subsidy.

Abby’s House, Worcester
Abby Kelley Foster House, Inc. will undertake considerable renovations of the existing 53 units at Abby’s House and add two new apartments, for a total of 55 units. The project will provide housing for women who have been homeless due to domestic violence, eviction, economic crisis, or unemployment, and supportive services will be offered on-site to residents. DHCD awarded $500,000 in HTF funding, $989,000 in state and federal low-income housing tax credits, and $2.5 million in state subsidy.

21 Jaques Avenue, Worcester
21 Jaques Avenue is an abandoned property on a prominent corner in Worcester. Worcester Common Ground will substantially rehabilitate the building to create 4 units of affordable rental housing for families with very-low and extremely-low incomes. Two units will be targeted to households with disabilities. DHCD awarded $130,000 in HTF funding, and $422,000 in state subsidy.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Microsoft Garage Extends Internship Program to Fifteen Bunker Hill Community College Students

The Microsoft Garage Extends Internship Program to Fifteen Bunker Hill Community College Students

BOSTON,?March 27, 2017?Opening its doors to community college students for the first time, the Microsoft Garage offered internships to fifteen Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) students this semester.

Working closely with full-time engineers at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development (NERD) Center in the heart of the Kendall Square innovation hub, the students are designing and delivering fresh Garage programs, including a revamped employee maker space and community technology initiatives.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that these motivated students have earned incredibly competitive internships at the Microsoft Garage,” said Pam Eddinger, President of BHCC. “These internships, the contacts they’ll make and the experiences they’ll have, are a great first step towards a high-demand career in the technology industry.”

The Microsoft Garage is a resource to employees that supports and encourages problem solving in new and innovative ways. Garage programs attract the relentlessly curious - those who like to dig in and make something. In addition to the internship and maker spaces, the Garage produces the largest private hackathon on the planet and is the official outlet for experimental projects from teams across the company. The Garage is expanding to more community outreach this year, and BHCC interns are helping build the program.
BHCC’s students were divided into three teams:

(1)??Team 1?is designing the hardware and software for a smart device that will manage equipment in the Garage team’s work space. Students will get hands-on with Microsoft platforms, single-board computers and microcontrollers, and custom hardware sensors, and will look to open source their work in late spring.
(2)??Team 2?is creating hands-on maker workshops that use simple tools like Kodu and the micro:bit. The students are piloting these workshops with underserved youth, minority, and female groups in the greater Boston areas. The workshop content that the students create will become a permanent part of the Garage team’s catalog of community technology programming.
(3)??Team 3?is outfitting the all new maker space with expanded capabilities, including 3D printing, laser cutting, milling, microelectronics, and textile working. These additions will extend the set of technologies that employees can use for experimentation and prototyping. The students are also building introductory programs that demonstrate the use of the new tools. One of the first projects the group is working on is the creation of 3D-printed prosthetic hands that will then be donated to a Microsoft charitable partner.

Modeling this spirit of innovation and push to expand its reach for diverse, qualified talent, Microsoft expanded its internship program this year to include students from two-year colleges. ?

“When the team and I came out to BHCC to conduct interviews, we were impressed with the skills and entrepreneurship that the students demonstrated,” said?Microsoft Garage Chief Intern Officer Ben Fersenheim. “I’m thrilled that we were able to find as many strong candidates as we did, as this means we have the potential to deliver on so many more fun and impactful projects this spring.”

More than 150 students from BHCC attended an information session last to learn more about the internship program. “We were excited to hear Ben Fersenheim talk about what goes on in the Garage; how curiosity is pursued and how creative freedom is encouraged,” said Computer Science major Mussie Demisse, “But what excited me most was how inquisitive he was about the ideas we are passionate about.”
The interns from BHCC include eight female and seven male students, representing eight different majors: Computer Science (6), Computer Support Specialist (1), Early Childhood Development (1), Engineering (3), Graphic Design Option (1), Health Information Technology (1), Network Technology (1) and Object Oriented Design (1). The students will work 15-20 hours per week through May, with the internship culminating in a showcase of their projects to corporate headquarters in Redmond, WA.?