In response to the Network’s media release on convening the region’s mayors, The Daily Hampshire Gazette ran a front page story on the issue of homelessness and the Network as a whole, including:

At a recent quarterly meeting of the network’s leadership council, mayors and other municipal officials from throughout the four western counties came together pursue their causes: preventing homelessness, getting people back into housing quickly and stabilizing the housing market so that units are available for people of all income levels.

Pamela Schwartz, director of the network, said the meeting demonstrated that such outreach can provide “maximum coordination of our message and our mission.”

“We walked away with commitments to participate on this at a regional level,” Schwartz said.

Among those who attended the Jan. 25 summit were David Narkewicz and Michael Tautznik, mayors of Northampton and Easthampton, Amherst Town Manager John Musante, and mayors Bill Martin of Greenfield and Alex Morse of Holyoke.

“We wanted to give new and returning mayors an opportunity to learn about the network’s housing-first mission, to invite them to join us and to offer our support in their efforts to end homelessness in their communities,” said Lynne Wallace, chairwoman of the leadership council.

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