News updates: what’s happening with homelessness in Western Massachusetts


In the News: Western MA Hotel-Based Shelter Success Featured

The National Public Radio Affiliate in Boston – WBUR – did a story last week on hotel-based shelter during the pandemic titled “Hotel-based homeless shelters changed lives in pandemic. Some want them to be a model moving forward” that featured success in Holyoke and Springfield, as well as Boston. You can listen here and below […]

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Published on June 14, 2022.

We gathered 250 strong to end homelessness; catch up to it all here!

This post is one big shout-out to the amazing unity demonstrated at last Friday’s 6th Annual Gathering of the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness. We showed up, over 250 of us! Dozens and dozens of our Network partners who do the work every day, our legislators who lead and support us, our mayors and […]

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Published on May 10, 2022.

How should Massachusetts fund its emergency shelter system? Lawmakers vouch for regional equity, 24/7 shelters

THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE—As the state eyes a new funding system for homeless shelters, Western Massachusetts lawmakers have said they want funding to be equitable across regions, available for non-congregate sites and sufficient to keep shelters open 24/7 and year-round. 

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Published on November 29, 2021.

Legislators, advocates urge state to improve shelter system for homeless

DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE—As the second winter in a global pandemic approaches, advocates in Western Massachusetts are fighting to ensure some of the lessons learned last year on sheltering systems for homeless populations live on.

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Published on November 26, 2021.

Advocates urge the state to improve its shelter system

THE RECORDER—As the second winter in a global pandemic approaches, advocates in Western Massachusetts are fighting to ensure some of the lessons learned last year on sheltering systems for homeless populations live on.

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Published on November 25, 2021.

State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa endorsing the work of WMNEH

Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa recently retweeted the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health endorsing the message put forth by WMNEH Executive Director Pamela Schwartz. 

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Published on November 8, 2021.

State lawmakers consider expanding housing options for homeless residents

Right now, homeless people in the state of Massachusetts are offered beds at congregate care settings, or shelters, where they have to live with dozens of other people. Lawmakers this session want to switch to a housing plan that promotes long term stability.

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Published on October 29, 2021.

Berkshires lawmakers, mayors, groups urge Legislature to pass housing protections

THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE—The entire Berkshire County delegation to the statehouse, the mayors of North Adams and Pittsfield, and several local groups have joined a call for the Legislature to protect struggling tenants and homeowners while making it easier for mom and pop landlords to access the rent they are owed.

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Published on August 13, 2021.

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