WAMC Northeast Public Radio: State Budget Boost Sought For Homeless Individuals

By Paul Tuthill  As the Massachusetts House begins debate today on a proposed $38 billion state budget, advocates for homeless individuals are lobbying for more funding.  The major service provider for the homeless in western Massachusetts says it is being shortchanged because the state money is not equitably distributed. The state budget recommended by the HouseContinue reading WAMC Northeast Public Radio: State Budget Boost Sought For Homeless Individuals

Boston.com: Homeless Individuals, Service Providers Lobby State House for Increased Funding

By Kristin Toussaint Homeless individuals and homelessness service providers lobbied Wednesday inside the state house for more homelessness funding in the face of proposed budget cuts. The outreach was part of the Coalition for Homeless Individuals’ Legislative Lobby Day to increase funding for emergency shelters, medical care providers and workforce training groups in the Commonwealth.Continue reading Boston.com: Homeless Individuals, Service Providers Lobby State House for Increased Funding

Media Release: Brutal winter, Long Island closure meant high numbers of homeless using underfunded Mass. shelters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BOSTON – Massachusetts’s record setting winter stranded commuters, collapsed roofs, and created parking wars. But winter also left many of the thousands of men and women experiencing homelessness with the uncertainty of finding shelter from bitter cold and heavy snow. Area service providers kept their doors open around the clock this winterContinue reading Media Release: Brutal winter, Long Island closure meant high numbers of homeless using underfunded Mass. shelters

The Boston Pilot: Harsh winter has been especially tough for Boston’s homeless

By: Brian Fraga BOSTON — Even as the spring thaw begins to make its appearance in Boston, it’s not hard to remember the single digit temperatures and record-level snowfall that made this winter tough for just about everybody in Greater Boston. Perhaps those who suffered most in this time were the city’s homeless, who relyContinue reading The Boston Pilot: Harsh winter has been especially tough for Boston’s homeless

Boston Globe: Baker proposes fund to keep poor families off the streets

By David Scharfenberg Governor Charlie Baker, who made tackling homelessness a pillar of his campaign, proposed a $20 million fund Monday to keep low-income families off the streets. The fund, which aims to provide counselors and a range of services to families before they land in an overcrowded shelter system, is part of what BakerContinue reading Boston Globe: Baker proposes fund to keep poor families off the streets

MassLive: Gov. Charlie Baker proposes new fund to address family homelessness in Massachusetts

By Shira Schoenberg BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday proposed creating a new fund for the prevention of family homelessness, while reinstating a program to house mentally ill homeless people. Baker, however, said he does not plan to spend more money on emergency homelessness services next year. Funding will remain at $180 million inContinue reading MassLive: Gov. Charlie Baker proposes new fund to address family homelessness in Massachusetts

State House News: Baker Hopes Plan Will End Use Of Motels As Family Shelters

By Matt Murphy  A new initiative geared toward intervening with families at risk of becoming homeless and putting a “significant dent” in those sheltered at hotels and motels will be featured as part of Gov. Charlie Baker’s budget as the governor changed gears on Monday after outlining several ideas to cut costs in state government.Continue reading State House News: Baker Hopes Plan Will End Use Of Motels As Family Shelters

Media Release: Statement from the Coalition for Homeless Individuals on Gov. Baker homelessness plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BOSTON – On behalf of the Coalition for Homeless Individuals, Karen LaFrazia, Executive Director of St. Francis House, released the following statement on Gov. Charlie Baker’s announcement “It’s heartening to see Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito addressing homelessness in the Commonwealth. Providing $65 million in funding for family homelessness will ensureContinue reading Media Release: Statement from the Coalition for Homeless Individuals on Gov. Baker homelessness plan