Articles of Interest

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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Aug 08, 2016
On August 5, 2016, The Boston Globe published "Walsh appoints special chronic homelessness adviser," an article by Akilah Johnson about Mayor Martin J. Walsh's recent appointment of Laila Bernstein as adviser to the mayor for the Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness. The City of Boston's goal is to end chronic homelessness in Boston by 2018.
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Aug 05, 2016
Pioneer Institute published "CTI Homeless Intervention," a blog post highlighting a policy proposal from MHSA Board Member Professor Dennis P. Culhane of the University of Pennsylvania and Assistant Professor Thomas Byrne of Boston University. The policy proposal received a Special Mention in Pioneer's 2016 Better Government Competition.
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Jul 20, 2016
On July 13, 2016, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) published "People With Lived Experience Must be Meaningful Partners in Ending Homelessness," an article by USICH Regional Coordinator Amy Sawyer that emphasizes that communities should shape their responses to homelessness based on the insights of people who have experienced homelessness. The article recognizes the Massachusetts Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau, a program of MHSA through which speakers share their personal experiences with homelessness and engage in dialogue with communities members to raise awareness and advocate for permanent solutions to homelessness.
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