Articles of Interest

Nov 03, 2016
Boston Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is seeking young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who have experienced homelessness or housing instability to participate in a series of meetings to support the City of Boston in creating a system that better meets the needs of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.
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Oct 28, 2016
On October 26, 2016, Volunteers of America Massachusetts hosted the 2016 Veterans Leadership Dinner and honored Edwin Meléndez, Veteran In-Reach Peer Specialist at MHSA, with the Captain Thomas J. Hudner Award. The award honors a veteran or active military service member who has made significant contributions to serve their fellow veterans and their community.
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Oct 20, 2016
The Daily Free Press has published “City Council holds hearing concerning youth homelessness in Boston,” an article by Ben Rabin that covers the recent Boston City Council hearing on homelessness among youth and young adults in the City of Boston. The article quotes MHSA’s Leadership Development Program Co-facilitator Kitty Zen on the importance of shaping responses to youth homelessness based on the insights of youth who have experienced homelessness.
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Oct 19, 2016
It’s encouraging to see the State House News Service capture the discussion of health care and homelessness in “Debate Over Health Care Costs Pivots to Role of Housing,” an article by Andy Metzger.
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Oct 18, 2016
Forbes has published "Massachusetts Tries A New Solution For Chronic Homelessness," an article by Roger Valdez that highlights the Massachusetts Pay for Success (PFS) initiative focused on reducing chronic homelessness. PFS provides low-threshold, permanent housing to those who would otherwise rely on costly emergency resources, enabling them to address their often-complex health issues more effectively than they would on the streets or in shelters.
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Oct 17, 2016
The Telegram has published "Agencies launch new program in Worcester helping homeless young adults," an article by Scott O'Connell that highlights a new Transition Aged Youth Program that is focused on providing supportive housing as part of a comprehensive system of services for 18- to 24-year-old young adults who are experiencing homelessness. MHSA has partnered with South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, and the City of Worcester to plan and develop the program.
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Aug 25, 2016
Yesterday, The Boston Globe published "Poverty drives homeless rates? Not so fast," an article by Evan Horowitz that offers a thoughtful description of the complexities of homelessness.
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Aug 23, 2016
Today, Spare Change News published “Pay For Success paves the way for over 250 individuals in first year,” an article by Katrina Carbone that highlights the first-in-the-nation Pay for Success (PFS) initiative to reduce chronic individual homelessness. PFS will provide at least 500 units of permanent supportive housing for up to 800 individuals over six years.
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Aug 17, 2016
Today The Huffington Post published “MA Pay for Success Worth Watching,” a blog post by Deborah De Santis, President and CEO of CSH. The blog post describes the innovative Pay for Success (PFS) initiative that is being implemented by the Massachusetts Alliance for Supportive Housing (MASH), a partnership of MHSA, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (United Way) and CSH. The initiative is focused on reducing chronic homelessness by providing permanent supportive housing.
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Aug 10, 2016
On August 8, 2016, Spare Change News published “'Ending Homelessness': Panel of experts discuss new book that details problems and solutions," an article by Alex Ramirez about a recent panel discussion on the newly published book "Ending Homelessness: Why We Haven't, How We Can." Dr. Donald Burnes of the Burnes Institute on Poverty and Homelessness, co-editor of the book, joined contributing authors Collin Whelley, Senior Analyst at the Center for Social Innovation (C4), and Vermont lawyer Kate Whelley McCabe in leading the panel discussion on July 20, 2016, at Emmanuel Church in Boston. C4 President/CEO Jeff Olivet delivered opening remarks, and MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn moderated the conversation.
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