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MHSA has recently released Resources for Older Homeless and Low-Income Adults. This resource guide includes housing, health and safety, social services, and educational resources for older adults across Massachusetts. For more information about MHSA's work with older homeless adults, or to submit an addition or correction to the resource guide, please contact Tom Brigham at tbrigham@mhsa.net.

The MHSA Young Adult Committee created the MHSA Young Adult Resource Guide. With topics ranging from education and job training to health care and housing, we hope it will serve as a helpful manual for young adults and those who work with them. Click here to view the 2012 resource guide.

Representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Corrections recently presented at a MHSA member agency meeting on an effective reentry-focused correctional system.  The DOC hopes to partner with local community healthcare providers, housing authorities, substance abuse treatment providers, mental health service providers, career centers, workforce development boards, faith-based organizations communities colleges, and other community organizations to rovide appropriate services and support to all offenders following discharge from the criminal justice system. 

Click here to view a PDF of the full presentation. 

Thank you to Christopher Mitchell, director of the Program Division and Claire Kilawee-Corsini, deputy director of Reentry Program Services in the Reentry Services.

Coleman Nee, Secretary of Veterans' Services, recently attended a MHSA member meeting to present on the homeless veterans initiative. 

Veterans at a Glance:

  • 393,700 Veterans live in Massachusetts
  • 38,000 have returned since 9/11
  • 19,000+ are OIF/OEF/Veterans
  • 26,840 are Women Veterans
  • 1 in 5 Veterans returning report Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms

For the full presentation on veterans homelessness, please click here.

In his new book Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways: From Words to Housing, Jay Levy writes about his many years of outreach counseling, advocacy and developing housing alternatives for chronically homeless individuals throughout NYC, Boston and Western MA. This important work tells the compelling stories of people experiencing long-term homelessness, while integrating a pretreatment approach for helping those who are most in need.

MHSA Board Member and hopeFound Executive Director Mary Nee authored Lessons from the Field, which was featured in the spring 2010 issue of The New England Journal of Public Policy, published by the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston.

Right Resources is a PHP bulletin board for use by the members of the 10 Massachusetts Regional Networks to End Homelessness. Launched by One Family, Inc., it provides a way to discuss how providers and the state can get the right resources to the right people at the right time. Registration is required.

Home & Healthy for Good Data and Graphs

MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn, Physician Advocate Jessie Gaeta and Housing First Coordinator Tom Brigham met with Home & Healthy for Good providers late May 2009 to share new data collected through the program.

Click here to view a PDF of the slideshow.

Also, click here to visit the Home & Healthy for Good page for up-to-date information and reports.

Veterans Affairs Released Information on VASH Program

The Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services and Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) released a brochure for the new Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program. This is a new program across the country with three sites in Massachusetts. The brochure describes the program, eligibility requirements and enrollment process.

Click here to view the document.

For more information, contact Jack Reynolds at Jack.Reynolds@state.ma.us.

2007 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)

The 2007 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) was developed by a team of researchers from Abt Associates Inc. and the University of Pennsylvania Center for Mental Health Services and Research. The team was led by Principal Investigators Dr. Jill Khadduri (Abt) and MHSA Board Member Dr. Dennis Culhane (University of Pennsylvania).

This is the third report in a series on homelessness in the United States and the first to be based on a full year of Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data reported by communities across the country. This 2007 report will provide a baseline for measuring changes in homelessness from one year to the next.

Click here to read the full report.

Implications of Massachusetts Health Care Reform for Homeless Persons
Resource materials from March 12, 2007 forum held at St. Paul's Cathedral, 138 Tremont Street

MHSA hosted a forum for member agencies, and in particular employees who work with homeless persons on health care applications, on the recent health care reform in Massachusetts and its impact on homeless persons.  Neil Cronin and Vicky Pulos from Massachusetts Law Reform gave an overview of the reform, including an outline of Commonwealth Care.  Amy Pett, Coordinator of Enrollment Assistance from Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, discussed specific issues of health care reform related to homeless people and participants were able to discuss barriers they confront in the process of helping people apply for and enroll in MassHealth, Commonwealth Care or Free Care.

For more information, visit www.mass.gov/connector.

Click here for resource materials from the forum.

Research, Data, & Reports

Andrea Miller of MHSA member agency ServiceNet, Inc. has graciously shared the 3-County Continuum of Care HMIS Report for Homeless Individuals, January - December 2005.  The report was prepared for the 3-County Continuum of Care of Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties and submitted to the Office of Planning and Development, Northampton, MA in October 2006.  It contains valuable information on homeless service usage patterns among 30 housing and shelter programs in the region.  Click here for the full report.


Corporation for Supportive Housing
National Alliance to End Homelessness
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
National Center for Homeless Education
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
National Coalition for the Homeless
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
National Health Care for the Homeless Council
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
National Low Income Housing Coalition
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Detailed information about assistance available to those in need living in Massachusetts

Information on Housing Assistance in Massachusetts
List of Emergency Shelters
Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP)
Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
Massachusetts Veterans Inc.

Cambridge Multi-Service Center
City of Boston Emergency Shelter Commission
City of Boston Rental Housing Resource Center
Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership
One Family, Inc.
United Way of Massachusetts Bay