In July, the Legislature made a tremendous commitment to addressing homelessness by approving $5.8 million for permanent supportive housing. This funding was part of a COVID-19 Supplemental Budget that became law in July. Unfortunately, to date, the Baker Administration has not released these much needed funds.
Please call the Governor’s Office (617-725-4005) today and ask that the Executive Office for Administration & Finance release the $5.8 million for permanent supportive housing that is in the COVID-19 Supplemental Budget.
At a time when stable housing is so critical to preventing further transmission of COVID-19 – and saving lives – we cannot afford to ignore the key role of permanent supportive housing in ending homelessness and stabilizing an incredibly medically vulnerable population.
Your voice matters, and we need your support. Please call the Governor's Office today, and then let us know that you did by emailing Caitlin Golden at email@example.com.
Permanent supportive housing is a key part of responding to homelessness in our communities. There are over 8,400 permanent supportive housing units statewide, serving some of the most vulnerable individuals in our Commonwealth.
Permanent supportive housing providers have been facing significant costs and lost revenue as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Massachusetts is also facing a shelter capacity crisis – MHSA estimates that the Commonwealth has lost 800 shelter beds for unaccompanied adults due to the shelter depopulation required to implement social distancing guidelines. Communities across Massachusetts are reporting increased unsheltered homelessness. Funding for permanent supportive housing providers is essential both to sustain existing units and to create housing opportunities that address the Commonwealth’s urgent need for non-congregate shelter and housing in the midst of this pandemic.
Failing to sustain and expand the permanent supportive housing network in Massachusetts puts at risk the health of a vulnerable population and the community at large. Thank you for your support in asking the Governor to release these critical funds.