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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


The Region’s EOHHS Proposals for Coordinated Entry Systems

This week, the Western region submitted applications in response to the MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ RFR to “Establish Local Consortiums to Provide Services to those Facing Acute Housing Instability.”

The Western MA Network, the Hampden County and Three County CoC closely collaborated to submit two applications, one from the City of Springfield (on behalf of the Hampden County CoC) and the other from Community Action! (in conjunction with the Three County CoC).  This decision was based on an in-depth analysis of how best to meet the requirements of a coordinated entry system.  The geographical and demographic expanse of the region requires two separate but well-connected systems to achieve the goal of “no wrong door” and most immediately achieve housing stability.

As a testimony to this collaboration, each applicant attached over 70 support letters, half of which were jointly addressed to both applicants.  From 15 Western MA state legislators spanning all four counties, to state agencies, businesses, hospitals, foundations and dozens of housing and other support service providers, our Western MA community echoed the strength of our shared mission and the truth of what it will take to realize it.  The Network is proud to provide the regional connector to the vision we all created.

This process alone is cause for celebration.  We just got that much closer to ensuring a path to stable housing for the people of Western Massachusetts.

Congratulations to us all!


Network Survey Results Available

Thanks to many of you (34% response rate!) who responded to the survey the Network issued to obtain your feedback on the performance and direction of the Western MA Network to End Homelessness.  The Network Leadership Council and Steering Committee will use the results to inform our work moving forward.  Thank you for your time and commitment!

Click here to see a summary of the Network results. Feel free to contact Network Coordinator Pamela Schwartz at with any questions.

HSF Breakfast and Keynote with Jay Ash: February 4, Delaney House

Human Service Forum February Breakfast:   

February 4, 2016 – Jay Ashe – Secretary Housing & Economic Development 

Jay Ash serves as the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Secretary Ash is responsible for directing and executing Governor Baker’s agenda on housing and community development, job creation, business development, consumer affairs, and business regulation.

Location: The Delaney House, Holyoke MA
Time: 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Program fee: HSF Members $25 

Non-members: $35

Register here!