Individual Homelessness in a COVID-19 World - Part III: The Growing Crisis of Unsheltered Homelessness

Communities across Massachusetts are reporting increases in unsheltered homelessness, from people sleeping on the street to the growth of encampments in parks and other outdoor locations.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the significant loss of shelter capacity and winter approaching, the situation could not be more urgent: Massachusetts needs a statewide response to address unsheltered homelessness.

MHSA hosted a virtual panel discussion on October 15, 2020, on the challenges local communities are facing in responding to increased unsheltered homelessness and the need for coordinated statewide solutions.

·    Representative Natalie M. Higgins (D – Leominster)

·    Vernal Coleman, Reporter, Boston Globe

·    Michael Andrick, M. Ed., LCPC, Director of Pine Street Inn Outreach and DMH MATCH Services

·    Jay S. Levy, LICSW, Regional Manager – Western Massachusetts, Eliot CHS Homeless Services

The webinar was moderated by Joyce Tavon, MHSA Senior Director of Policy & Programs.


Please contact Caitlin Golden at with any questions.

Did you miss the previous webinars? View Individual Homelessness in a COVID-19 World - Part I and Individual Homelessness in a COVID-19 World - Part II : Local Public Perspectives on Addressing Homelessness.