On behalf of the Coalition for Homeless Individuals, Bill Miller, Executive Director of Friends of the Homeless, released the following statement on Gov. Charlie Baker’s budget:
“The Coalition for Homeless Individuals is pleased that Governor Charlie Baker maintained the same level of funding for organizations that provide emergency shelter and services for homeless individuals in his budget this year. The $44 million that Governor Baker has allocated is proof that he is taking the homelessness crisis in Massachusetts seriously, and it is also recognition of our organizations’ hard work to move individuals out of homelessness and towards self-sufficiency.
Nevertheless, we know that this level of funding is still not sufficient to meet the demand our organizations are experiencing. The funding we receive from the Commonwealth does not cover our full costs or the number of beds Massachusetts requires to meet the need. Shelters and providers across the state are on the front lines of dealing with the opioid crisis and other factors that lead to homelessness. As such, we are looking forward to discussing with legislators why more resources must go towards helping homeless individuals.”