Articles of Interest

Dec 09, 2016
The sixth part of The Boston Globe Spotlight Team’s series "The Desperate and the Dead" explores the intersection of mental illness and homelessness. The article quotes MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn on the significance of low-threshold housing, a cost-effective response that provides stability to individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness.
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Nov 18, 2016
Today, The Boston Globe published "South Boston event offers housing, hope to homeless," an article on a recent housing surge planned in conjunction with City of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2018. MHSA staff members were thrilled to participate in the surge, which targeted providing housing and support services for individuals over the age of 50 experiencing chronic homelessness.
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Nov 07, 2016
The Portland Press Herald has published "White House visit by Portland addiction collaborative could pave the way to opioid funding," an article by Joe Lawlor about the Greater Portland Addiction Collaborative’s participation in a recent White House panel discussion considering models to address the opioid epidemic. The article, which includes a description of the Massachusetts Pay for Success initiative being implemented by the Massachusetts Alliance for Supportive Housing (MASH) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, quotes MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn.
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Nov 03, 2016
Boston Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is seeking young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who have experienced homelessness or housing instability to participate in a series of meetings to support the City of Boston in creating a system that better meets the needs of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.
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Oct 28, 2016
On October 26, 2016, Volunteers of America Massachusetts hosted the 2016 Veterans Leadership Dinner and honored Edwin Meléndez, Veteran In-Reach Peer Specialist at MHSA, with the Captain Thomas J. Hudner Award. The award honors a veteran or active military service member who has made significant contributions to serve their fellow veterans and their community.
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Oct 20, 2016
The Daily Free Press has published “City Council holds hearing concerning youth homelessness in Boston,” an article by Ben Rabin that covers the recent Boston City Council hearing on homelessness among youth and young adults in the City of Boston. The article quotes MHSA’s Leadership Development Program Co-facilitator Kitty Zen on the importance of shaping responses to youth homelessness based on the insights of youth who have experienced homelessness.
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Oct 19, 2016
It’s encouraging to see the State House News Service capture the discussion of health care and homelessness in “Debate Over Health Care Costs Pivots to Role of Housing,” an article by Andy Metzger.
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Oct 18, 2016
Forbes has published "Massachusetts Tries A New Solution For Chronic Homelessness," an article by Roger Valdez that highlights the Massachusetts Pay for Success (PFS) initiative focused on reducing chronic homelessness. PFS provides low-threshold, permanent housing to those who would otherwise rely on costly emergency resources, enabling them to address their often-complex health issues more effectively than they would on the streets or in shelters.
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Oct 17, 2016
The Telegram has published "Agencies launch new program in Worcester helping homeless young adults," an article by Scott O'Connell that highlights a new Transition Aged Youth Program that is focused on providing supportive housing as part of a comprehensive system of services for 18- to 24-year-old young adults who are experiencing homelessness. MHSA has partnered with South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, and the City of Worcester to plan and develop the program.
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Aug 25, 2016
Yesterday, The Boston Globe published "Poverty drives homeless rates? Not so fast," an article by Evan Horowitz that offers a thoughtful description of the complexities of homelessness.
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