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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…

Interview with Bentley University's Service-Learning Center

Spotlight on the Honorees: Bentley University’s Service-Learning Center

We conclude this year’s Spotlight on the Honorees series with an interview with Bentley University’s Service-Learning Center. MHSA will honor the Service-Learning Center, along with Joseph V. Roller II and Linda Wood-Boyle, at our 12th Annual Spring Fundraising Event on May 20, 2015. Bentley University’s mission is to educate creative, ethical, and socially responsible organizational…

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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…

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…