Center for Social Innovation to Host “A Conversation About Racism and Homelessness” on April 14

MHSA member agency Center for Social Innovation (C4) will host “A Conversation About Racism and Homelessness” on Thursday, April 14 from 7:00–8:30 PM at The Museum of African American History in Boston, MA. A panel discussion will feature Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, Massachusetts Department of Public Health Commissioner; Jeff Olivet, C4 CEO; and Marc Dones, C4…

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Housing First and Emergency Medical Services

As we begin the new year, we are excited to launch our new blog series: Medical Research on Health and Housing. This series will analyze and summarize current medical literature exploring the multiple links between health and housing. For our first post, Andy Hyatt and Andrew Olsen, medical students at Boston University School of Medicine, have worked with…

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A Poet and Advocate

For this week’s blog post, Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau Coordinator Alex Loughran Lamothe interviews Manny, a graduate of MHSA’s Leadership Development Program. Manny is a poet. He stores some of his work in a school composition notebook, but he also makes use of a small black cell phone. When inspiration strikes, he taps the lines and stanzas…

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Welcome Eddie Meléndez!

We are excited to introduce MHSA’s new Veteran In-Reach Peer Specialist, Edwin (Eddie) Meléndez. Eddie focuses on engaging homeless veterans within community-based organizations. He links veterans to appropriate housing and services, and he assists them in securing federal, state and municipal benefits. Eddie draws on years of experience in the nonprofit sector, where he worked…