Category Archives: Network

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!

The Network Survey: take it now please!

Just in case you haven’t had a chance to take the brief survey regarding the future direction of the Western MA Network to End Homelessness, here is the link for your convenience:

We have 99 respondents so far!  And we don’t want to miss your input.

We’ll be releasing preliminary results after the New Year.  Click here to be part of them!

Thank you!