Thanks to our legislators for important overrides!

A huge thanks to our Western MA legislators for their leadership and their votes that resulted in an override of the Governor’s vetoes  of funding for unaccompanied homeless youth services and partial funding of the Mass Rental Voucher Program.  Homeless youth services and housing will now receive the $2 million in funding allocated in the Conference Budget and the MRVP will receive the full Conference budget funding of $90.9 million.

Please contact your own legislators to give them your personal thanks.  You can find their contact information here.

We are so thankful for our delegation’s leadership and vision and we look forward to continuing this work together in the year ahead.

Network meeting with US ICH and Federal agency leader to discuss family homelessness

The Network enjoyed the privilege of meeting in Boston yesterday with Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Greenberg of the federal Administration for Children and Families and Bob Pulster, regional director of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness.  We were joined by 5 other leading providers of family services across the state, including our Western region’s Center for Human Development, Father Bill’s and MainSpring of Brockton, Community Teamwork of Lowell, and Children’s Services and Project Hope, both of Roxbury.

The agenda was to share our successes and challenges in responding to family homelessness and discuss recommendations for future federal partnership.

The Network’s powerpoint presentation can be found here and CHD’s presentation can be found here.

We look forward to continuing this dialogue.

Housing Sex Offender Work Group Update

Earlier this month, the legislature held hearings on bills that would prohibit Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from living in public and subsidized housing or emergency shelter or motels.  The Network submitted testimony in opposition to these bills which you can read here.  The Springfield Republican also covered the issue in this article, quoting our resident (and work group) expert Dr. Laurie Guidry.

The Network also submitted recommendations for next steps to the Special Commission to Reduce Sex Offender Recidivism as follow-up to our May 28 presentation.  You can find that here.

We will meet next to continue our work on this issue on:
Wed., September 9
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Northampton Senior Center
67 Conz Street, Northampton

Congratulations Doreen Fadus!

Congratulations to Doreen Fadus, our Network’s co-chair. The Republican reports that Doreen has been tapped to serve as President of the Board for National Health Care for the Homeless Council, a network of more than 10,000 doctors, nurses, social workers, patients, and advocates who work to eliminate homelessness by ensuring comprehensive health care and secure housing for all. In this role, Doreen will serve as the Council’s lead representative on the national stage for advocacy issues such as the Accountable Care Act, Medicaid reimbursements and housing and health collaboration.