The Boston Globe reported yesterday on A ‘tsunami of evictions’ threatens to strike Boston, citing City Life/Vida Urbana’s just released report on Evictions in Boston: The Disproportionate Effects of Forced Moves on Communities of Color Boston is featured; and we know Western Massachusetts could tell its own story. The article is below: A ‘tsunami of […]
I’m pleased to update you about the Springfield Republican op-ed on public transportation that was just published, co-signed by Clare Higgins of Community Action Pioneer Valley, David Gadaire of MassHire Holyoke, Jessica Collins of the Public Health Institute of Western MA, and myself on behalf of the Network. This is a powerful example of collaboration at work […]
At our regional gathering on Friday, November 16, the Network released a report on Homelessness in Western Massachusetts : The Numbers, The Solutions, The Partnerships. Over 150 leaders attended, including our incoming and current state legislators, where we shared concrete to-do actions on both a community and statewide level. To-do actions are outlined in the report […]
Matthew Desmond, author of the widely acclaimed book Evicted, has just authored an important article that appears in the New York Times titled: Americans Want to Believe Jobs are the Solution to Poverty. They’re not. While the story is based in New Jersey, it applies here in Massachusetts and across the country. And it captures with […]
If you have not had a chance to read Matthew Desmond’s book “Evicted” (or even if you have), this is a fantastic interview of the author on WAMC radio. Thanks to Dave Modzelewski for passing it on. http://wamc.org/post/poverty-and-profit-american-city#stream/0
Congratulations to everyone involved for this success story on Channel 22 news on ending family homelessness in Greenfield motels, a success that is mirrored across the entire Western region!
The Springfield Republican published a comprehensive piece on state funding needs for individual emergency shelters in Western MA, including a well-documented visit by Western MA legislators to Friends of the Homeless shelter in Springfield. Legislators expressed their support for the Network’s FY17 budget priority to address the funding gap for Western MA shelters. As reported in […]
The Daily Hampshire Gazette published an editorial in response to our Progress Report event on March 4 at Holyoke Community College. It reported on the progress itself and in so doing incorporated our Opening Doors Plan and Housing First framework, the power of our collaboration and partnerships, and our inspiration and determination all at once. […]