The Network creates collaborative solutions across Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire Counties to prevent and end homelessness through a Housing First approach that makes homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring. It provides:
- Coordinated responses to state and federal funding opportunities
- Trainings on current policies and best practices, including a training series on Racial Equity in Ending Homelessness
- Coordinated advocacy on state budget and policy priorities
- Annual regional gatherings to review impact and exchange resources
The Network’s Leadership Council (see our members below) provides the broad cross-section of unified support for the Network’s mission. The Steering Committee constitutes a sub-set of the Leadership Council with decision-making authority for the Network. The Network executes its work through a committee structure based largely on populations that experience homelessness:
- Unaccompanied Youth
- Career Services (spanning all populations)
These committees meet regularly, its agenda defined by its participants and in conjunction with the region’s two Continuums of Care (CoC), Springfield-Hampden CoC and Three County (Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire) CoC, the federal HUD-mandated entities through which federal homelessness dollars are allocated. The Network provides an umbrella for coordination and collaboration across our region’s two CoC’s.
The Network connects to over 400 people and 150 organizations across Western MA and the Commonwealth, including elected officials, state agency leaders and partners from every sector of our community. The United Way of Pioneer Valley serves as the Network’s fiscal sponsor.
The Network Leadership Council reflects the region’s shared mission to prevent and end homelessness in Western Massachusetts.