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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 24, 2016
"Under the Bridge: The Criminalization of Homelessness," a documentary film about a tent city under a bridge in Indianapolis and the criminalization of homelessness in the United States, is now available on Amazon Prime and Google Play.
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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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Oct 13, 2016
The Bureau of Substance Abuse Services of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has shared an important U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration alert regarding carfentanil.
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Sep 27, 2016
Please join Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella and MHSA member agency Our Father's House for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 42 West Street, Leominster, MA. The event will celebrate a new Sober House for Men, strengthening personal recovery.
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Sep 13, 2016
MHSA member agency Justice Resource Institute (JRI) is hosting a conference on Wednesday, October 19, 2016: Beyond the Basics: Advancing Care for LGBTQ+ Youth and Young Adults. You are invited to join JRI Health and JRI's Institute for Research Inquiry (IRIE) for an exploration of how we can collectively advance the care of LGBTQ+ youth and young adults.
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