Springfield Republican on housing budget, Network cited

In the Saturday, April 21 edition of The Springfield Republican, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick proposes $25 million in new funding aid to homeless families  detailed the Governor’s housing budget proposal and includes Network mention.

The reform proposals are “an outgrowth of tried and true practices of the networks across the state,” said Pamela Schwartz, director of the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness.  In 2009, there were grants issued to networks for the homeless statewide to build on a “housing first” strategy, finding homes for the homeless and helping to stabilize their lives, she said.  “I think the governor’s reforms are vitally important,” Schwartz said. “The reforms are a reflection of the best practices that followed from the state pilot program.”

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