Category Archives: Network

Important Correction: Network Funding Cut

An announcement from the Western MA Network to End Homelessness Leadership Council Chair Andrew Morehouse:

I am writing to inform you that much to our surprise, the Network’s earmark funding for Fiscal Year 2017 was actually cut through the Governor’s 9C budget authority.

This cut had not been recorded in any public documentation, which was the source of the Network’s misunderstanding. After sharing the “false positive” news on this blog last week, we received a call from DHCD advising us of the administrative error. We have since received more verbal confirmation and still await written record of the actual correction. Our big mistake!

The Network Steering Committee and Leadership Council will start planning for this funding loss now.  Based on an analysis of expenditures, revenues to date and cash in reserves, the Network has funds to cover projected expenses for approximately three more months, which would bring us to the end of February.

While we may not know the final chapter on this year’s funding, the Network will plan accordingly.

We will be in touch as this process unfolds.


Andrew Morehouse
Executive Director
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
97 North Hatfield Road
PO Box 160
Hatfield, MA  01038
413-247-9738  Ext. #115

United Way of Hampshire County Requests Your Input

A Note from the United Way of Hampshire County:

Dear Friends and Providers,

We need your input.  Please advise us on how best to invest one million dollars over the next three years to promote financial well-being and stability in our region.

From your positions, both as community service providers and community members, you are each in a unique position to help us best understand how to support economic security in Hampshire County.  We hope you will complete the survey using the link below.  It should take about 8-9 minutes, and would be immensely value to our efforts.

Please feel free to share this link with your colleagues, clients and anyone else with knowledge of Hampshire County you think would be willing to participate.  The more participation we have the better.

Community Forum on Homelessness in Amherst: Thursday, July 14, 6:45 – 9 pm

A Community Forum on Homelessness in Amherst

Homelessness continues to be a very significant concern in Amherst.  Recent news reports, as well as informal conversations, indicate that individuals who are homeless have difficulty finding a safe and appropriate place to be at night now that Craig’s Place has closed. Furthermore, they experience other difficulties during the day, as well.  While there is discussion among small groups and among individuals, there is no place to discuss what persons who are homeless need and how best to assure that appropriate resources are available within our community.

In collaboration with the Town of Amherst and the Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, the Amherst Housing and Sheltering Committee is sponsoring a community forum on homelessness.   Our goals are to develop a broadly shared understanding of the scope of homelessness in our community right now and then develop a sound and coordinated strategy on how to address current issues.  Part of this discussion includes how Amherst fits into the region and neighboring communities to better understand context and available resources and opportunities.

Thursday, July 14, 6:45-9 P.M.
Town Room, Amherst Town Hall

Homelessness Forum will be held on Thursday, July 14, from 6:45-9 P.M. in the Town Room of Amherst Town Hall. Our plan is to divide the available time into two parts:

  1. Part 1:  Review and discussion of issues and concerns regarding homelessness in Amherst and currently available services and supports, and including; the services and supports that are currently available to them, and
  2. Part 2:  Discussion of what we should do as a community to address the issues and problems raised in the first part.

We invite the perspectives of individuals who are homeless, as well as the larger Amherst community.

The sponsors wish to encourage the broadest possible participation in this Forum on Homelessness in Amherst.  This invitation was also sent to other individuals and organizations in Amherst.  However, we probably did not include everyone we should have.  So please forward this to anyone you know who might be interested, even if that results in some duplication.  Please click here for a flyer for distribution. Thank you for your assistance.

Please respond to John Hornik ( at your earliest convenience.

Nancy Gregg and John Hornik
For the Amherst Housing and Sheltering Committee

EOHHS announces Consortium and Youth Services Funding Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: EOHHS Announces $1.9 Million in Statewide Grants to Address Housing Instability

BOSTON – The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) announced today it awarded $865,000 in funding to create eight regional consortiums to provide crisis interventions services to families and individuals facing acute housing instability across the Commonwealth. An additional $1 million will be allocated to develop and implement specialized services for youth under the age of 24 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

“Over the last year, the Baker-Polito Administration has made a commitment to assisting our most vulnerable populations, including homeless families and individuals,” said Secretary Sudders. “We are dedicated to reducing the surging number of families and unaccompanied youth, who are in crisis and seek shelter. Our grant allows us to provide a coordinated response to stabilize housing and reduce homelessness in the Commonwealth.”

Under this grant, the eight chosen lead organizations are tasked with creating and assembling the regional Consortiums, which will develop a coordinated entry system, provide flexible funding for prevention and diversion services, and ensure the Commonwealth’s vulnerable homeless populations have timely and appropriate access to intervention within their local communities.  Each regional consortium is required to have representation from housing organizations, service agencies, and other entities providing support to recent and chronic homeless individuals, with a special emphasis on homeless youth.

“Our comprehensive Request for Response process identified committed organizations prepared to lead and address the issue of homelessness,” said Linn Torto, Executive Director of Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness (ICHH). “They are qualified to administer good supports within their regions. We are very pleased with the number of solid proposals received, and have recommended moving forward with all the respondents to broaden our reach of services.”

In December 2015, the EOHHS issued a Request for Responses (RFR) soliciting proposals from community-based organizations to establish local Consortiums. EOHHS has awarded contracts to eight organizations that collectively provide statewide coverage, representing urban, rural and suburban communities.  In addition, each response included a request for funding to address the unique needs of you experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness in their region.

Lead Organizations Location Allocated Consortium Funds Allocated Youth  Services Funds
Catholic Social Services Fall River $100,000 $100,000
Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc. Worcester $90,000 $150,,000
Community Action Greenfield $125,000 $150,000
City of Springfield Springfield $125,000 $150,000
Community Teamwork Lowell $100,000 $100,000
Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development Lynn $125,000 $150,000
South Middlesex Opportunity Council Framingham $100,000 $100,000
United Way of Mass Bay Boston $100,000 $100,000