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Elizabeth Curtis
Thu, 04/23/2009

More evidence of foreclosures leading to homelessness in MA

A recent Boston Globe article provides added detail to a topic we've posted about several times on this blog - the rise in foreclosure and how it relates to the rise in homelessness. For some time those of us in the social service field have been sharing anecdotes about the connection between the growing foreclosure rate and increases in family homelessness.  read more »

National Alliance to End Homelessness Releases new report

While chronic homelessness declined, family homelessness increased by 15 percent in Massachusetts between 2005 and 2007

BOSTON - Today, January 13, 2009, the Homelessness Research Institute of the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NEAH) released its second Homelessness Counts report, the first report to track changes in homelessness on both a state and national level over time. According to the report, chronic homelessness in Massachusetts was reduced by 6 percent, due in part to increased investments in Housing First, a strategy aimed at reducing chronic homelessness by  read more »

Paola Ferrer
Fri, 04/24/2009

Out of Reach

rental (un)affordability in Massachusetts

New data released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) places Massachusetts, once again, as one of the most expensive places where to live in the country.  read more »

Public and Private Leaders to Pledge Action on Housing First


BOSTON – On the heels of a Special Commission report that called for ending homelessness in the Commonwealth in the next five years, more than 100 board members from nonprofits across the region, government officials including Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, and other community leaders will come together on todayfor Ending Homelessness in the Commonwealth: ALeadership Summit on Housing First.  read more »

Elizabeth Curtis
Thu, 01/08/2009

State Takes New Bold Steps to End Homelessness

Consolidation of housing programs could be the key.

On Tuesday, January 6th the Patrick-Murray Administration announced a dramatic new move in its effort to end homelessness. Currently the emergency shelter services program sits within the Department of Transitional Assistance (our state's welfare department). The Administration is now working to shift this program to sit within the Department of Housing and Community Development, a move designed to recognize that homelessness is an issue of housing that should be aligned with the state's housing resources.  read more »

United Way announces a new $400,000 investment to prevent foreclosures


Funds include $100,000 to better equip Mass 2-1-1 hotline to respond to foreclosure inquiries  read more »

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