Several months ago, area legislators reached out to learn more about the emergency shelter needs for people experiencing homelessness during COVID-19. The Network convened a meeting of area shelter providers and local leaders that has since grown to include many Western MA state legislators, municipal leaders and shelter and housing providers from the communities of: Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Amherst, Greenfield, Pittsfield and North Adams.
Below is a compilation of meeting minutes up until the present. Going forward, minutes will be posted in a more timely fashion as the meetings occur.
The Network is pleased to provide this vehicle for cross-community conversation and collaboration to provide the most vital protection in the face of this pandemic. The name of this group, The Western MA COVID-19 Task Force for Housing First, is deliberately aspirational in nature. While our first and most immediate concern is to ensure everyone has a safe place to sleep, we know our work is not done until everyone in need has a place to call home. Housing First is the way to make that happen, and never has it been more urgent than right now.