Category Archives: Best Practices

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

                 

 

Invitation to US Interagency Council on Homelessness Listening Session in Boston on December 6

An invitation from the US Council on Homelessness:

You are invited to attend a

LISTENING SESSION FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS ON
THE FEDERAL STRATEGIC PLAN TO PREVENT AND END HOMELESSNESS

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
At the offices of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Federal Building
First Floor Auditorium
10 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02222

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is currently gathering comments from stakeholders throughout the country as it prepares to revise and strengthen the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. As part of that process, USICH staff will be holding a listening session in Boston on December 6, 2017.

This session seeks input from people who have experienced homelessness, service providers, advocates, and government officials willing to share their recommendations. The meeting is an important opportunity to ensure that our regional voices are heard as the updated plan is developed.

The current Federal Strategic Plan, Opening Doors, has helped drive significant national progress. But there is much more work ahead. You can review a summary of the goals, objectives, and strategies within the current plan in this Participation Guide.

The listening session will be led by Robert Pulster, USICH Regional Director.  The meeting is sponsored by the Region 1 Federal Regional Interagency Council on Homelessness and will include representatives from other federal agencies.

HUD will host the meeting at its offices at 10 Causeway Street in Boston on Wednesday, December 6th, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Participants are asked to RSVP by December 1st by emailing Josephine Hauer, Program Specialist for Strategic Initiatives at HHS, Administration of Children and Families: at josephine.hauer@acf.hhs.gov

Please note that you must pass through building security, so please plan accordingly.

If you are unable to attend the listening session but wish to provide feedback, USICH is soliciting input until Dec. 31. Comments can be filed on the USICH website at https://www.usich.gov/strengthening-the-plan.

 

Thank you and we hope to see you there.

 

Paul Jacobsen

Chair, Region 1 Interagency Council on Homelessness