Independent Living in Batavia welcomes new HAWNY Program Specialist

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) has long worked to assist residents of Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties (GOW) who are dealing with homelessness, through the Homeless Alliance of Western New York (HAWNY).  ILGR is pleased to announce that Dai Nguyen has joined their staff in the position of HAWNY Program Specialist.

For those who might be unaware of them, Dai is inviting representatives of human service or government agencies that are likely to encounter customers who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or have problems securing housing, to an ongoing series of GOW Continuum of Care meetings, to be held the third Thursday of every other month, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM., beginning March 15th.  Under HAWNY sponsorship, they take place at the Main Office of ILGR, 113 Main Street at Center Street, Suite 5, in Batavia.

While the gatherings are primarily open discussions on the needs of the homeless, likely topics include updates on: the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Continuum of Care (CoC), a program designed to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; theHomeless Management Information System (HMIS), a database that keeps track of homeless people; Rapid Rehousing, HUD’s model for alleviating homelessness; grant applications; housing updates in GOW; plus new events and services.  In addition, attendees can get assistance with HMIS training, HUD procedures, and the multi-faceted non-for-profit PathStone‘s programs, so that their customers can access these services as soon as possible.

The third Thursday dates set for 2018 are: March 15th, May 17th, July 19th, September 20th, and November 15th.

While encouraged, registering in advance is not required to attend. To RSVP or ask questions on the event, please call Dai Nguyen, at (585) 815-8501, ext. 417.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offers an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

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