Gone But Not Forgotten, Remembering Joe Timilty

Gone But Not Forgotten: Remembering Joe Timilty

Pictured below: Joe Timilty listens patiently to Joe Finn. It was 2003. I had just assumed the leadership of the Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance  (MHSA), an advocacy organization and funder of homeless programs. I was only on the job for two weeks when I received an eviction notice from a large non-profit housing provider, from whom we…

Pay for Success: A Cost-Effective Solution to Chronic Homelessness

Social Innovations Journal (SIJ) chronicles social innovations and enterprises addressing the nation’s most challenging issues surrounding social policy, leadership, human capital, and systems. In its inaugural Boston Edition, SIJ has published an article that provides an evaluation of the Commonwealth’s and MHSA’s first homeless social innovation Pay for Success (PFS) initiative. Co-authored by Singumbe Muyeba, PhD, Joe Finn and Tom Brigham of MHSA,…

“Worcester city manager to ramp up efforts to combat chronic homelessness”

Telegram & Gazette has recently published an article that discusses a meeting about chronic homelessness with Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr.; Dennis Culhane, a professor of social policy at the University of Pennsylvania; and Joe Finn, MHSA President & Executive Director. MHSA commends City Manager Augustus for his efforts to reduce chronic homelessness through Home…

One Way Data Can Help in the Fight Against Homelessness

Mathematica Policy Research has created a new study that explores how MHSA is developing Housing First best practices for identifying and targeting high utilizers of emergency services among chronically homeless individuals. Author James Mabli, Associate Director at Mathematica, explains the study “synthesized two core components of the work we do each day at Mathematica: producing high…