Episcopal City Mission Blog

Thursday, March 3, 2011

ECM, along with 21 other organizations, support's Governor Patrick's plan to end family homelessness with the Housing First Movement.

In our continued efforts to end family homelessness, ECM joined forces with 21 organizations to support the Administration's Emergency Assistance Reform for the Housing First Movement.

The current system is not working and significant changes are needed to end family homelessness in the Commonwealth. This new Housing First Response Plan is a step in the right direction!

The reform plan reduces the emphasis on motels and shelters and increases investment in flexible housing assistance. This proposal would decrease reliance on shelters and increase families' access to flexible homelessness prevention and housing stabilization resources.

We need to keep families in their homes. We need to stop the madness of spending $160 million on non-housing solutions (hotels/motels).

We recognize that not every provision of the plan will satisfy all stakeholders but are confident we can improve the plan to allow for regional flexibility for the housing assistance cap, customizing housing assistance and stabilization services, and supporting interim housing placements.

We are also confident that the legislative and administrative process will be flexible enough to allow for thoughtful changes and not hinder final passage of the Administration's plan.

SUPPORT THE HOUSING FIRST MOVEMENT so we can End Family Homelessness!

For more information, read the Emergency Assistance Reform Fact Sheet

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