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 Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance, said in a prepared statement that the need for the supplemental funding “highlights the critical juncture we have reached in addressing homelessness.”
“We need to focus on innovation and helping to provide both families and unaccompanied homeless persons the appropriate housing and services they need upfront, so they need not be homeless,” he said in a prepared statement. “If we do not seek a different way of dealing with housing and poverty, I fear we may only continue to see shelter as the last, the only and very costly resort.”