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Massachusetts Efforts to End Family Homelessness
Linda B. Fosburg, Ph.D., Executive DirectorMA Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual ConferenceWashington DCJuly 17, 2006
Executive Commission on Homeless Services Coordination, created in accordance with Governors Executive Order
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
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
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.
Department of Housing and Community DevelopmentLocal Housing Authority Transitional Assistance ProgramResidential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)Pilot Voucher Program
Department of Social ServicesCapacity of Domestic Violence Shelter ProgramTemporary shelter availability
Department of Education
Regional Policy Academies with Stakeholders throughout MA
Additional Initiatives with the Department of Housing and Community DevelopmentMore voucher pilotsSAPHIRE Additional Initiatives with the Department of Social Services