This year’s annual Memorial Service for Homeless Persons will take place this Friday, December 19, 1 pm, at Christ Church Cathedral, 35 Chestnut Street, Springfield. The service will recognize homeless individuals who died in 2014.
Governor Deval Patrick today announced the launch of a Massachusetts Pay for Success (PFS) initiative that will leverage philanthropic and private capital investments to reduce chronic individual homelessness, creating a new model of sustainable state support for chronically homeless individuals. The initiative will provide 500 units of stable supportive housing for up to 800 chronically homeless individuals over 6 years, improving the well-being of individuals while saving taxpayer dollars by reducing the utilization of costly emergency resources like shelter and Medicaid payments.
Click here for the state’s media release on the initiative.
When Governor-Elect Baker visited Holyoke last week, he met with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and Holyoke Representative Aaron Vega and they addressed the topic of family homelessness. Representative Vega, a member of our Secure Jobs Advisory Committee, seized the opportunity to bring our Secure Jobs program to the Governor-Elect’s attention as a core solution. That mention got picked up by Channel 22 news here in the story’s narrative.
A very big thanks to Representative Vega for bringing this program to the Governor’ Elect’s attention, as well as to the broader community. How lucky we are to have such meaningful support across our legislative delegation!
Our Network’s own Jane Banks, program director of Center for Human Development, received an award from the statewide advocacy group Homes for Families at a ceremony yesterday in Worcester for Inspiring Leadership in her work for homeless families in the Western region.
You can read more about it here in the article that appeared yesterday in the Greenfield Recorder.
On behalf of the Network, we share our pride and appreciation for Jane’s tremendous work over 16 years. Congratulations, Jane!