Photo Courtesy of Dan Crowley, Daily Hampshire Gazette
The Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness launched the Western Massachusetts Opening Doors: A Collective Impact Framework to Prevent and End Homelessness in June, 2015. This Plan was a product of collaboration among dozens of Network partners, in conjunction with Simtech Solutions and Waypoints Consulting, and was made possible by the Commonwealth’s support.
On March 4, 2016, the Network released its first annual Progress Report based on the Plan’s metrics, measuring from January 2015 to present. Highlights include:
- A 27 percent drop in the numbers of veterans on the streets or in emergency shelters; permanent housing for 357 homeless or at-risk veterans, the establishment of a system to connect veterans to services and the development of 106 new units of supportive housing for veterans.
- Permanently housed 108 chronically homeless individuals and 11 families, ending a total of 30 years of homelessness and housing instability.
- A 34 percent drop in the number of families living in shelter and motels, including a drop in the number of families in motels from 284 to 49; 647 families moved into permanent housing with HomeBASE assistance; 36% of families seeking shelter were diverted from shelter and into housing instead; 80 parents found employment through the Secure Jobs Initiative, creating greater housing stability.