CommonWealth Magazine: Doing more for homeless people in Massachusetts

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 on WBUR

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 Enterprise: Brockton homeless shelter reacts to state survey on financing gap

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

Non Profit Quarterly: A Tipping Point: Shelters Face the Full-Cost Question in Massachusetts as Budget Dips

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 House News: State funding covers half the costs of homeless services

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 Globe: Pine Street Inn Prepares for Bitter Weekend Cold

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

Statement from the Coalition for Homeless Individuals regarding Governor Baker’s FY17 Budget

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