Category Archives: Springfield CoC

Hampden County Continuum of Care Update; Meeting 9/13

There’s a lot going on with the Hampden County CoC!  Please join the CoC if you are interested in homelessness in Hampden County.  Now is a good time to join–we will be making a number of policy and funding decisions over the next several months.
Join the Hampden County CoC
The Hampden County CoC coordinates with the Western Mass Network to End Homelessness but with a focus just on Hampden County.  If you’d like to know about the CoC and it’s work, join our open membership and get on our mailing list.  Just send your contact info and you’ll be our newest member.
Come to our Organizational Meeting, Sept. 13, 9-11:30, at Holyoke Community College/Kittredge Center
We are transitioning to broader membership and governance by a Board.  Be a part of it at our organizational and first annual meeting, where we hope to ratify our organizational structure and vote in our first Board of Directors. To see what’s going on, check out the AgendaProposed Governance Charter, and Proposed HMIS Governance Charter. At the meeting, you’ll be get an update on our work and have a chance to join our committees.
Be a Board Member
The Hampden County CoC will be governed by a Board of Directors, made up of about 30 individuals who will meet quarterly to provide high-level guidance and leadership to our organization.  If you would like to be considered for the Board of Directors, please send notice of your interest to

Springfield 10-Year Plan: Progress Report and Draft Action Plan

In Springfield, we have been implementing our 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, Homes Within Reach, for 5 years!  We’ve just completed an analysis of what we have accomplished–see our slide show below to see the highlights.

We are also creating an Action Plan to guide our work for the next three years.  Please review our DRAFT Action Plan.  We welcome public comments on the plan, and will discuss the plan at Springfield’s Continuum of Care meeting on March 15, 2012, 10 am, at the Office of Housing, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., Springfield.  The Action Plan will be finalized and submitted to HUD on March 16.

Announcement of Citizen’s Bank-MHSA-Mental Health Association partnership targeting chronic homelessness in Springfield

March 17, 2011

Yesterday, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced new funding that will put the city one step closer to its goal of ending long-term homelessness. With an investment from the Citizens Bank Foundation, MHSA has pledged $50,000 to the Mental Health Association’s Regional Engagement and Assessment for the Chronic Homeless (REACH) II program, which provides housing and intensive support services for chronically homeless individuals.

“This new funding to support chronically homeless individuals in permanent housing is an incredible testament by Citizens Bank about their belief in the power of permanent supportive housing to end homelessness and reduce costs at the same time,” Mayor Sarno said. “We are grateful that Citizens, led by President Jerry Sargent, is the first corporate partner in this innovative initiative.”

Springfield is one of two cities in the Commonwealth to receive funding; the Citizens Bank Foundation awarded MHSA a $100,000 grant to target chronic homelessness in both Boston and Springfield. A press conference was held in Boston on March 1 to announce that funding.

The funding from Citizens will support tenants in the Mental Health Association’s (MHA) REACH II Housing First program. REACH II is an expansion of the original REACH Housing First pilot, which provides chronically homeless individuals with permanent housing, intensive case management services, and links to substance abuse, mental health, and other services.

“We are pleased to join Mayor Sarno, the Mental Health Association and the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance in their coordinated efforts to reduce homelessness in Springfield,” said Jerry Sargent, president of Citizens Bank in Massachusetts. “This is an innovative model, providing much-needed support to a very vulnerable population, while also relieving some of the costs associated with care for these individuals. It’s a win-win.”

The press in Springfield turned out in force to cover the event. Visit the below links to listen to radio coverage, read articles and view news clips.

WAMC: Support announced for program targeting chronic homelessness

Springfield Republican:  Citizens Bank donates $50,000 to help combat homelessness in Springfield

CBS 3:  Springfield\’s quest to end homelessness

WWLP, Channel 22: Partnership brings funds for homelessness