1 Massachusetts’ Efforts to End Family Homelessness Linda B. Fosburg, Ph.D., Executive Director MA Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness National.

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<ul><li><p>Massachusetts Efforts to End Family Homelessness</p><p>Linda B. Fosburg, Ph.D., Executive DirectorMA Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual ConferenceWashington DCJuly 17, 2006</p></li><li><p>Executive Commission on Homeless Services Coordination, created in accordance with Governors Executive Order</p><p>Executive Commission ParticipantsSecretaries of:Executive Office of Health and Human ServicesExecutive Office of Administrative and FinanceExecutive Office of Elder AffairsCommissioners of: Department of CorrectionsDepartment of EducationDepartment of Housing and Community DevelopmentDepartment of Mental HealthDepartment of Mental RetardationDepartment of Public HealthDepartment of Social ServicesDepartment of Transitional AssistanceDepartment of Veterans ServicesMassachusetts Rehabilitation CommissionOffice of Child Care Services</p></li><li><p>Executive Commission Consensus Reached on Five Major ThemesIncrease affordable housing for those with very low income;Focus on more prevention;Better coordinate services to the homeless population;Improve data collection, coordination, and reporting; andEstablish a Massachusetts Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness</p><p>Created MA ICHH to address:Primary goal of ending homelessness and no longer just managing it.Issues raised by the Executive Commission and track progress on leading indicators of resolving those issues.Issues raised by the federally sponsored Policy Academies on both the chronic homeless and family homeless issues.</p></li><li><p>Current Initiatives</p><p>Department of Housing and Community DevelopmentLocal Housing Authority Transitional Assistance ProgramResidential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)Pilot Voucher Program</p><p>Department of Social ServicesCapacity of Domestic Violence Shelter ProgramTemporary shelter availability</p><p>Department of Education</p></li><li><p>Future Initiatives</p><p>Regional Policy Academies with Stakeholders throughout MA</p><p>Additional Initiatives with the Department of Housing and Community DevelopmentMore voucher pilotsSAPHIRE Additional Initiatives with the Department of Social Services</p></li></ul>

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