THE FOUNDING OF the Massachusetts Bay Colony was grounded in the social contract. In a sermon delivered in 1630, Gov. John Winthrop articulated the belief that, “[W]e must… make other’s conditions our own…as members of the same body.” For generations, vital services in Massachusetts have been a responsibility of our government. We’re rightly proud thatContinue reading CommonWealth Magazine: Doing more for homeless people in Massachusetts
Karen LaFrazia, Executive Director of St. Francis House, took to the airwaves on WBUR to discuss the budget gap currently facing Massachusetts’ homeless services providers. Take a listen here.
The Coalition for Homeless Individuals – a statewide collection of emergency day and night shelters, along with medical care providers, employment services, and their supporters – presented findings from a survey to lawmakers on Thursday, showing that a large gap exists between the services that homeless providers deliver and the funding allotted through the HomelessContinue reading The Enterprise: Brockton homeless shelter reacts to state survey on financing gap
Last week, the Coalition for Homeless Individuals presented lawmakers with findings from a survey, showing that the state Department of Housing and Community Development only pays 61 percent of the true costs of each of the 2,856 shelter bed for which it contracts. This means, of course, that 39 percent of the cost must beContinue reading Non Profit Quarterly: A Tipping Point: Shelters Face the Full-Cost Question in Massachusetts as Budget Dips
State funding for emergency homeless shelters in Massachusetts covers less than half the cost of providing services, according to the findings of an advocacy group. The results of a survey done by the Coalition of Homeless Individuals, a group of homeless services providers, is being shared with Massachusetts legislators as they work on the annualContinue reading WAMC: Emergency Homeless Shelters Seek More State Funding
State funding for emergency homeless shelters covers less than half of the actual costs of providing services, forcing shelter officials to devote significant time to private fund-raising, according to survey results obtained by the News Service. The survey, conducted by the statewide Coalition for Homeless Individuals, a group of homeless services providers, determined that stateContinue reading State House News: State funding covers half the costs of homeless services
BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Coalition of Homeless Individuals is asking state lawmakers for more funding. A new survey by the coalition shows that state funding covers less than half of what it costs for these shelters to provide beds to the homeless. “We’ve got about 100 to 150 not even having a bed – sleeping onContinue reading WWLP: Emergency homeless shelters press state lawmakers for more funding
With bitter cold forecast for the weekend, Pine Street Inn announced plans Thursday to continue operating above its capacity and increase the availability of teams that canvass the city and bring homeless residents indoors. “We’ve had a relatively mild winter, but we’re coming up to the coldest part,” said Lyndia Downie, Pine Street’s executive director.Continue reading Boston Globe: Pine Street Inn Prepares for Bitter Weekend Cold
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 inContinue reading Statement from the Coalition for Homeless Individuals regarding Governor Baker’s FY17 Budget
St. Francis House Executive Director Karen Lafrazia and Rev. John Samaan, President of Boston Rescue Mission, join Byron Barnett on Urban Update to discuss the homelessness crisis.