In the News


Transportation Opinion Editorial co-signed by the Network
Springfield Republican, 9/20/19, On transportation, it’s time for leadership to protect our health and well-being

Network’s 3rd Annual Resource Fair – June 10, 2019
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 6/11/19, Resource Fair: Tackling homelessness through networking
WWLP, Channel 22, 6/10/19, State agencies, legislators discuss ways to end homelessness in Western Mass.
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 6/6/19, Working to End Homelessness: Legislators, providers to attend annual resource fair

Network gathers Western MA Leaders for Progress Report and Recommendations-
November 16, 2018
Springfield RepublicanBerkshire EagleDaily Hampshire GazetteGreenfield RecorderWAMC InterviewChannel 22 News

Network’s 2nd Annual Resource Fair – June 15, 2019
Springfield Republican, 6/15/18, Western MA Homeless Providers Leave Workshops with Resources and Renewed Commitment

WWLP, Channel 22
, 8/26/16, Homeless families moving out of Greenfield motels
Springfield Republican, 3/14/16  State Funding Leaves Western MA Shelters Needing More

Network Hosts First Annual Progress Report Event: March 4, 2016
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 3/7/16, WMass Network Logs Notable Progress in Ending Homelessness
Channel 22Conference held to celebrate achievements in helping homeless
Springfield RepublicanWestern Massachusetts network seeks expanded funds to combat homelessness after ‘amazing progress’
Daily Hampshire GazetteMeasure of success: Initiatives to tackle homelessness in Western Massachusetts mark progress
WAMC RadioSharp Drop Reported in Western Massachusetts homelessness
Springfield Republican, 2/29/16: Network Set to Release Regional Progress Report at Holyoke Event
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 2/29/16:  Editorial: Shelter Tops Shared Goals in Every Community
Springfield Republican, 5/15/15: Uneven state funding leaves W Mass Shelters Out in the Cold

DHCD Awards Western Region $250,000 to continue jobs program for homeless families

Springfield Republican, 4/23/14: Governor Deval Patrick announces $1 million in job training grants for homeless families, $250,000 to Western Massachusetts

Springfield Republican Editorial, 4/23/14:  Grant to provide funds for job training services to homeless parents wise move

Secure Jobs Connect Celebration (jobs program for homeless families) – January 10, 2014

Local agencies get $230,000 state grant to help find jobs for homeless people in Western Massachusetts
Daily Hampshire Gazette, 12/13/13

Media coverage of the Network’s 3/5/13 press conference announcing the Fireman Foundation grant for workforce development for homeless families:


Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick proposes $25 million in new funding to aid homeless families, Springfield Republican, 4/21/12

Network ready to help Amherst aid the homeless, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 8/5/11

With number of families living in motels still high, Massachusetts official details overhaul plans, Springfield Republican, 1/20/11

Housing Effort Gets New Funds, Springfield Republican, 10/12/10

Massachusetts Continues Push to End Homelessness by 2013, Associated Press, Springfield Republican (and Daily Hampshire Gazette and other regional and state papers), 10/11/10

Massachusetts Continues Fight Against Homelessness, WAMC Public Radio, 9/27/10

A place to call home: Families stuck in motels find real housing, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 7/16/10

Families Move from Motels to Apartments, Channel 3, 7/8/10

Fewer MA Homeless Families in Motels, WFCR, 7/8/10

Number of homeless families living in Western Massachusetts motels drops to 164, Springfield Republican, 7/8/10

Number of homeless families living in hotels and motels drops 47% in Western Massachusetts, Springfield Republican, 7/8/10

A mother’s numbers adding up, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 6/29/10

Senate Budget for Homeless, WGGB, 5/20/10

Rethinking Family Homelessness, WFCR, 5/20/10

Massachusetts homeless families study concludes long hotel stays harmful to people, costly to state, Springfield Republican, 5/20/10

Following shocking incidents involving homeless families living in motels, Massachusetts Senate leaders unveil new plan, Springfield Republican, 5/19/10

Progress Reported in Helping Homeless Families, WAMC – Northeast Public Radio, 4/26/10

Progress seen in drive to end homelessness, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 4/26/10

Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness provides ‘progress report’ in event held at Holyoke Community College, Springfield Republican, 4/26/10

Homelessness Numbers Decreasing, Channel 3, 4/26/10

Effort to End Homelessness is Working, 22 News, 4/26/10

Editorial:  Massachusetts Makes Headway in Fight Against Homelessness, Springfield Republican, 4/20/10

More Families Now Homeless, Springfield Republican, 2/16/10

Formerly homeless families share experiences of being housed in hotels, Springfield Republican, 2/15/10

WFCR interview by Karen Brown of regional coordinator Pamela Schwartz on Housing First, 2/12/10

For struggling families, not a place you can call home, Springfield Republican, 2/13/10

After 2 years of being homeless, Karen Ramos of Springfield is just grateful to have a home this Thanksgiving, Springfield Republian, 11/26/09

No family deserves to go homeless, Springfield Republican, 11/26/09

Housing First Endeavor Tackles Challenge of Reducing Homelessness, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 11/19/09

Big Boost to End Homelessness, Channel 22, 11/18/09

Meet Challenge of Homelessness, Berkshire Eagle, 11/17/09

Grants given to homeless services, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 10/9/09

11 Pioneer Valley agences get nearly $900,000 in Mass. grants to help homeless people, Springfield Republican, 10/7/09

Leading Role in Aid to Homeless, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 2/20/09

Small Victory, Republican, 2/20/09

Man’s Death Spotlights Homeless Problem, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 2/18/09

When is homelessness better dealt with informally, Local Buzz, 2/16/09

Number of homeless people on streets of Springfield drops for fifth year in a row, annual count reveals, Republican, 2/12/09

In the Cities: Springfield Massachusetts Mayor Sarno Announces Second Annual Reduction in Street Homelessness and Names New Community Champions to Lead 10 Year Plan Implementation, USICH e-newsletter, 2/12/09

Come In from the Cold, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 1/17/09

Agency Targets Downtown for Affordable Housing, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 1/12/09

Amherst Shelter Still Seeking Location, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 1/9/09

State Proposes Reorganization of Agencies to Aid Homeless Faster, Boston Globe, 1/7/09

Stability Vital for Homeless, Berkshire Eagle, 12/29/08

Massachusetts to spend $8 million on effort for permanent housing for homeless, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 12/16/08

Tough Test for Homeless Policy, Boston Globe, 11/3/08

OP-ED: Mangano, Ending Homelessness, What Doesn’t Work and What Does, Washington Times, 9/1/08

Million Dollar Murray, The New Yorker, February 13, 2006