The Network at Work!

On Thursday, June 14, the Western MA Network to End Homelessness convened its second annual Homelessness Resource Fair for Providers.  Congratulations to all for a tremendous success!

Over 200 people attended from across all four Western counties; 60 organizations from every sector of our community shared information and resources available to assist in preventing and ending homelessness.  8 workshops were offered (twice!), facilitated in partnership by over 20 Network partners, on topics ranging from the opioid epidemic to EA/HomeBASE to domestic violence, youth homelessness and more.

Western MA state legislators turned out to support our efforts: Special thanks to Representative Aaron Vega, Representative Jose Tosado, Representative Michael Finn and Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose.  Senators were meeting in Boston that day but we had the honor of welcoming legislative aides from the offices of Senator Adam Hinds, Senator Carlos Gonzalez and Senator Donald Humason.

A huge thank you to Holyoke Community College and so many of its staff for their extraordinary support around this day. They made it possible!

The shared commitment and energy among the hundreds in the room was palpable (and fear not, we already know how we will create more room to move next year!) .  The determination to connect, to learn, to maximize every opportunity to prevent and end homelessness among the people of Western Massachusetts brought our entire community that much closer to our goal. Buoyed by comradeship and knowledge, we will continue the work!

left to right, Rep. Tosado, Rep. Goldstein-Rose and Rep. Vega



FY19 Senate Budget Conference Committee Begins Today!

The House and Senate have appointed the conference committee for the FY2019 budget. The committee will hold its first meeting today!  In the House, the conferees are Chairman Sanchez, Rep. Kulik, and Rep. Smola.  In the Senate, the conferees are Chairwoman Spilka, Sen. Lovely and Sen. deMacedo.

CHAPA has provided the conference committee a letter on its budget priorities and a table that provides a quick overview of its requests.

Please use these resources as you reach out to the conference committee and to your own senator and representative to urge them to advocate to the committee for these priorities.

Any questions or comments? Contact Eric Shupin, CHAPA Director of Public Policy, at or 617-742-0820 ext 103.

Find your legislator here.

Thank you for your advocacy!

sad news in our community

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that Karen Cavanaugh, Executive Director for Womanshelter/Companeras in Holyoke, died last Friday, after a brief illness.
I know many of us within the Network worked with Karen for years.  And our hearts especially go out to our Womanshelter/Companeras colleagues.
I am including the notice below from Jane Doe, Inc. for more information.
Take care,
From Jane Doe, Inc:
I am so sorry to share such sad news via email.  Karen B. Cavanaugh, Executive Director of Womanshelter/Companeras in Holyoke died on Friday, after a brief illness and surrounded by her loved ones.  Karen was a leader in the field for many years and her passion and commitment to survivors has been inspiring to so many of us.  Her legacy will certainly continue.
Many of us have known and worked with Karen for decades and this loss is both a shock and a reminder of the tender and bittersweet moments that impact us.  We are also thinking of our colleagues at Womanshelter who are grieving this loss deeply and we are sending warm and healing thoughts.
Here is a link to the information about the plans for services on Thursday.  Please share with staff and others who might have known Karen.