Articles of Interest

Aug 23, 2016
Today, Spare Change News published “Pay For Success paves the way for over 250 individuals in first year,” an article by Katrina Carbone that highlights the first-in-the-nation Pay for Success (PFS) initiative to reduce chronic individual homelessness. PFS will provide at least 500 units of permanent supportive housing for up to 800 individuals over six years.
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Aug 17, 2016
Today The Huffington Post published “MA Pay for Success Worth Watching,” a blog post by Deborah De Santis, President and CEO of CSH. The blog post describes the innovative Pay for Success (PFS) initiative that is being implemented by the Massachusetts Alliance for Supportive Housing (MASH), a partnership of MHSA, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (United Way) and CSH. The initiative is focused on reducing chronic homelessness by providing permanent supportive housing.
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Aug 10, 2016
On August 8, 2016, Spare Change News published “'Ending Homelessness': Panel of experts discuss new book that details problems and solutions," an article by Alex Ramirez about a recent panel discussion on the newly published book "Ending Homelessness: Why We Haven't, How We Can." Dr. Donald Burnes of the Burnes Institute on Poverty and Homelessness, co-editor of the book, joined contributing authors Collin Whelley, Senior Analyst at the Center for Social Innovation (C4), and Vermont lawyer Kate Whelley McCabe in leading the panel discussion on July 20, 2016, at Emmanuel Church in Boston. C4 President/CEO Jeff Olivet delivered opening remarks, and MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn moderated the conversation.
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Aug 08, 2016
On August 5, 2016, The Boston Globe published "Walsh appoints special chronic homelessness adviser," an article by Akilah Johnson about Mayor Martin J. Walsh's recent appointment of Laila Bernstein as adviser to the mayor for the Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness. The City of Boston's goal is to end chronic homelessness in Boston by 2018.
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Aug 05, 2016
Pioneer Institute published "CTI Homeless Intervention," a blog post highlighting a policy proposal from MHSA Board Member Professor Dennis P. Culhane of the University of Pennsylvania and Assistant Professor Thomas Byrne of Boston University. The policy proposal received a Special Mention in Pioneer's 2016 Better Government Competition.
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Jul 20, 2016
On July 13, 2016, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) published "People With Lived Experience Must be Meaningful Partners in Ending Homelessness," an article by USICH Regional Coordinator Amy Sawyer that emphasizes that communities should shape their responses to homelessness based on the insights of people who have experienced homelessness. The article recognizes the Massachusetts Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau, a program of MHSA through which speakers share their personal experiences with homelessness and engage in dialogue with communities members to raise awareness and advocate for permanent solutions to homelessness.
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Jul 11, 2016
Yesterday, The Enterprise published "Tent City homeless struggle to find new place to stay," an article by Benjamin Paulin on the recent removal of those living in Brockton's homeless encampment known as "Tent City." The article quotes MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn on how a longer-term strategy is needed in order to address the city's homelessness.
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Jul 06, 2016
In a blog post in The Huffington Post, "In San Francisco and Beyond, Homeless Crisis Should Not Derail Progress on Mental Illness," Richard Cho and Dr. Fred Oster of The Council Of State Governments Justice Center explore connections between homelessness, mental illness and incarceration and advocate for Housing First.
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May 17, 2016
Spare Change News has published "MHSA Honors Jerry Ray at 13th Annual Fundraising Event." Written by Katrina Carbone, the article features Jerry Ray, who received the "William Lloyd Garrison Lifetime Achievement Award" at MHSA's fundraising event, "Home for Good: Solutions Start Here."
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May 16, 2016
Spare Change News quotes MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn in "Mayor Walsh Announces New Funding for Homelessness Services," a recent article by Aneri Pattani. The article covers City of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh's budget proposal to invest in housing and services to support the City’s Action Plan to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in Boston.
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