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Spotlight on the Honorees: Linda Wood-Boyle

At our 12th Annual Spring Fundraising Event on May 20, 2015, MHSA will honor two individuals and one program that have all made outstanding contributions to ending homelessness. Today in our Spotlight on the Honorees series, we highlight Linda Wood-Boyle, President and CEO of HomeStart and MHSA Board Officer. Linda Wood-Boyle has served as President…

MHSA's 12th Annual Spring Fundraising Event

MHSA’s 12th Annual Spring Fundraising Event

On May 20, MHSA supporters gathered at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston to celebrate MHSA’s 12th Annual Spring Fundraising Event, Home for Good: Solutions Start Here. Special Guest Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito shared remarks at the event, which honored Joseph V. Roller II of Cambridge Trust Company, Linda Wood-Boyle of HomeStart and the…

HUD Notice Related to Transgender Homeless Persons

On February 20, 2015, HUD issued Notice CPD-15-02, giving additional guidance related to transgender persons. Entitled Appropriate Placement for Transgender Persons in Single-Sex Emergency Shelters and Other Facilities, the notice states the following: “Following the issuance of the Equal Access Rule [Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity…

FY16 House Ways & Means Budget Released

Today the Massachusetts House Ways & Means Committee released its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Budget. The budget includes: A $2 million increase to the Special Initiative to House the Homeless Mentally Ill Line Item (5046-2000) A small increase to the Individual Assistance Line Item (7004-0102) to $43,200,335 Level funding for the Home & Healthy for Good Line…

The Recorder Features MHSA’s Speakers’ Bureau

On April 6, MHSA’s Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau spoke at Greenfield Community College as part of the college’s “In Our Own Voices” series. Speakers Tameka and Tiffany shared how their personal experiences with homelessness have inspired them to become leaders and advocates to end homelessness. For press coverage of the presentation, read Kathleen McKiernan’s…

Supplemental Budget Highlights Need for Innovation

This week, the Massachusetts Legislature approved a $363 million spending bill that included $51.5 million for emergency assistance homeless programs. In an article describing the spending bill, the State House News Service quoted MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn’s reflections on the need for innovative solutions to homelessness. Joe Finn, executive director of the…