The mission of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless is to eradicate homelessness from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It aims to meet this mission through the following goals:
- To advocate for people experiencing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness in areas of public policy, including but not limited to: the availability of decent, accessible, affordable housing; adequate income maintenance programs; medical care; mental health services; social services; job training and employment
- To develop and maintain a network of members and supporters, and to provide technical assistance and coordination through our policy committees
- To provide public education about the problem of homelessness and its solution:
- To organize people experiencing homelessness in order to empower them to advocate for themselves in public policy matters, and to assume a significant role in the decision making structure of the Coalition
- To advocate for legislation that will be supportive of the needs of people experiencing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness
- To operate a Furniture Bank to assist households in moving from shelters to homes of their own, and to provide material assistance to programs which serve homeless people
Our work as a coalition to find common ground and to seek essential solutions has enabled us to fulfill our role as an organizer, coordinator and resource. At the same time, our organizational philosophy has compelled us to take action, rather than merely observe, react, or study. We seek to fulfill our mission as a voice with people experiencing homelessness in their struggle for decent housing, adequate income and accessible services.
Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless: A Leader with a Proven Track Record
The Coalition’s early intervention and direct service work, along with our commitment to finding long-term solutions to homelessness, have allowed us to develop innovative programming and realistic solutions to ending homelessness. Over the past decade, the Coalition’s approach has increasingly focused on homelessness prevention. Prevention is cost effective, supports the ability for households to maintain economic stability, and gives children the stability needed to receive a solid education. The Coalition integrates prevention resources at the places where people are already receiving services, thus providing seamless and timely access to prevention resources. We also run a furniture bank that has helped thousands of households transitioning out of homelessness obtain the essentials they need to make their new house a home.
The agency has worked to embed homelessness prevention resources in community health centers, public schools, and in our in-home early intervention programs. The prevention programs have had impressive results with helping at-risk households to retain or secure housing. A pioneer in arena of homelessness prevention, the Coalition is called upon by both state agencies and school districts to share our knowledge and expertise.
The Coalition recognizes the importance of sharing our knowledge and expertise; to that end, we offer comprehensive trainings to providers working with low income households and to lay people who want to do something to help those in need.
Our comprehensive approach allows us to address the root causes of homelessness, while also ensuring that services are provided to those in immediate need.