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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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Aug 03, 2016
The first-in-the-nation Pay for Success initiative to reduce chronic individual homelessness in Massachusetts has successfully placed over 250 individuals in stable, supportive housing, exceeding the minimum goal set by the Commonwealth for its first year by over 50 individuals and paving the way for significant cost savings in emergency room and inpatient care. The Pay for Success initiative being implemented by the Massachusetts Alliance for Supportive Housing (MASH) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts focuses on providing permanent, low-threshold supportive 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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Jul 27, 2016
The Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA) office is moving this week! Please note that due to the move, our network will be down from Friday, July 29, through Monday, August 1. The network will be restored by Tuesday, August 2. MHSA staff will not have access to email when the network is down, but our phone system will continue to operate.
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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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Jul 20, 2016
The MHSA office is moving this summer! We look forward to continuing to connect with you at our new location in the Government Center area of downtown Boston.
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Jul 14, 2016
On July 20, 2016, Dr. Donald Burnes of the Burnes Institute on Poverty and Homelessness, editor of the newly published book "Ending Homelessness: Why We Haven't, How We Can,” will join contributing authors Collin Whelley of MHSA member agency Center for Social Innovation (C4) and Kate Whelley McCabe in leading a panel discussion on the book. C4’s Jeff Olivet will deliver opening remarks, and MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn will moderate the conversation.
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Jul 11, 2016
Yesterday, The Enterprise published "Tent City homeless struggle to find new place to stay," an article by Benjamin Paulin on the recent removal of those living in Brockton's homeless encampment known as "Tent City." The article quotes MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn on how a longer-term strategy is needed in order to address the city's homelessness.
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