Editorial Praise of the Network

The largest daily paper in Hampshire County, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, published an editorial on Tuesday, August 31, in response to the dismantling of a small ‘tent city’ in Northampton.  In the course of setting forth the challenge and possible solutions, it acknowledged the efforts of the Western Mass. Network: A relatively new initiative, the […]

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Published on September 3, 2010.

Western Mass press on release of Culhane’s paper on ending family homelessness in Massachusetts

The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation was in Springfield yesterday to spread the word about  Dennis Culhane’s recent white paper: Ending Family Homelessness in Massachusetts.  The event was held at HAP’s emergency family shelter, Prospect House, where families talked about the importance for them of housing to move toward achieving self-sufficiency. The Republican / […]

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Published on May 21, 2010.

Dennis Culhane: Ending Family Homelessness in Massachusetts

Western Massachusetts got an early glimpse of a new white paper on family homelessness two weeks ago, when Dennis Culhane presented at our Network event.  Yesterday, the paper was officially launched, with an article in the Boston Globe, and a presentation at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston. Click to see the actual documents: the Executive Summary, and […]

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Published on May 12, 2010.

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Published on April 27, 2010.

News report provides status update on family homelessness in Massachusetts

Today’s Republican reports that the number of homeless families in motels is decreasing.  Click here for the story. From the article: State statistics show the number of homeless families living in motels across Massachusetts has declined over the past two months, but it is still costing close to $2 million a month to provide them places […]

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Published on April 18, 2010.

USA Today: Apartment rents cheaper than stays in homeless shelters

USA Today reports on a HUD Study released today showing the cost of providing shelter to be greater than the cost to provide housing.  From the article: Cities, states and the federal government pay more to provide the homeless with short-term shelter and services than what it would cost to rent permanent housing, the U.S. government […]

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Published on March 25, 2010.

Local press coverage of family homelessness

 The Republican reported extensively on family homelessness, and motel placements, in a two-part series last week.  Part 1 explores the rise in family homelessness, the use of motels to house homeless families, proposed legislation responding to the use of motels for homeless families, and the current shift to a Housing First response.  Part 2 reports on what its […]

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Published on February 21, 2010.

Viewpoint: No family deserves to go homeless

On Thanksgiving Day, the Springfield Republican published a Viewpoint piece I wrote (with help from Pamela Schwartz) about our regional network and the Housing First approach to ending homelessness.  This was part of our recent regional media campaign, which resulted in Op Eds in The Berkshire Eagle, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, and The Greenfield Recorder, as […]

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Published on November 30, 2009.

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