LAWRENCE –On March 7ththe state’s Department of Housing and Community Development officially lifted the GLCAC’s designation with state and federal funders as a “Troubled Agency.” The action, which follows an intensive effort by GLCAC to implement management and fiscal reforms, allows the agency to again apply for the federal and state grants that fund its programs. Since April 2011, GLCAC Inc. has been working cooperatively with the state DHCD to address a series of management issues. A Corrective Action Plan of best practices was mandated for GLCAC in order to retain its government funding. Among these were new policies, training for the board of directors, revised financial procedures, and a new employee time-reporting system. All of these have been addressed. Today GLCAC Inc. has state-of-the-art procedures that position it as a model Community Action Agency.
“We have emerged from this process a stronger agency. We are ready to take on the economic challenges facing our communities. In new ways, we are grateful to our partners in the state and federal government who worked closely with us to upgrade our agency. We also thank the hardworking staff members who remained dedicated to our mission of helping the people of Greater Lawrence. Much remains to be done in order for us to reach our full potential, including the selection of a new Executive Director over the next six months, and we are well on our way,” said Dr. Thomas Perrault, Chairman of the GLCAC Board of Directors.
GLCAC encourages and promotes the improvement of community life in Greater Lawrence with special emphasis on programs in education, social services, child care, health, housing, youth employment and related fields.GLCAC last year served 29,000 individuals in Greater Lawrence. Since its inception in 1965, the GLCAC has been a consistent partner in working with local, state and federal governments and private agencies in creating opportunities and providing hope for people living in poverty.
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