Additional Resources for Housing & Shelter Providers
Articles, Reports, Presentations, & Briefs
Pittsfield Report on the Needs for Housing Resource Center. Berkshire Housing Development, August, 2022.
Redlining in Pittsfield MA, A case study. A Report Commissioned by The Greylock Federal Credit Union with the support of Berkshire Bank, the Berkshire Branch of the NAACP, and the MCLA Foundation, April 2022
USICH releases principles for addressing encampments.
A must-read regarding strong city leadership, public and private partnerships and a deep commitment to housing first. How Houston moved 25,000 people from the streets into homes of their own. June, 2022.
The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is doing a great deal of work on Improving Housing to Improve Health (IH2 Project). This is a five year grant which seeks to answer how members of the Franklin County/North Quabbin Health Improvement Plan changes our regions's policies and systems to improve access the stable housing.
National Low Income Housing Coalition's National Shortage of Affordable Rental Housing, Report. 4.21.22
Supporting persons leaving incarceration in securing housing, Bankrate.com
Housing options for re-entry, Reentry and Housing Coalition
Overview of Affordable Housing in Amherst: Facts, Trends, and Future. Presented by John Hornik, Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, September 2021
The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes. Aurand, Emmanuel, Threet, Rafi, & Yentel, National Low Income Housing Coalition, March 2021
Out of Reach 2021: Massachusetts. National Low Income Housing Coalition, 2021
Supporting Health Care Discharge Planning for patients experiencing homelessness. Resources, information and a support line to assist hospital staff in placing individuals who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability
Having the Greatest Impact on Homelessness and Racial Inequities with Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Resources, The Framework for an Equitable COVID-19 Homelessness Response, Updated July 2021
Greater Springfield Regional Housing Analysis Report: The first in-depth scan of the region in the COVID era - UMass Donahue Institute, March 2021
Rental Affordability and COVID-19 in Rural New England - New England Public Policy Center, April 21, 2021
From Wired: “Experiencing homelessness has always been a dire health risk, and COVID-19 has only worsened that danger. Unhoused people are disproportionately affected by health conditions that can make coronavirus cases more severe, and are often forced to shelter, eat, and access hygiene in congregate settings where social distance is difficult to maintain. Experts knew this from the start, and they have launched heroic efforts to create safe places for unhoused people to shelter and quarantine during the pandemic. Many of those programs, especially those that placed homeless people in empty hotel rooms, have been successful. Now, under the Biden administration, advocates are hopeful that they’ll be able to expand and improve those programs, and treat homelessness as the solvable problem it is.”
"From MHSA, 3/19/21: On Thursday HUD released the 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part 1. The report outlines the key findings of the Point-In-Time (PIT) count and Housing Inventory Count (HIC) conducted in January 2020.
From the HUD press release:
The report found that 580,466 people experienced homelessness in the United States on a single night in 2020, an increase of 12,751 people, or 2.2 percent, from 2019.
The report found that between 2019 and 2020, homelessness increased significantly among unsheltered populations and people experiencing chronic homelessness. Veteran homelessness did not decrease compared with 2019, and homelessness among family households did not decrease for the first time since 2010. The report also found that people of color are significantly over-represented among people experiencing homelessness.
Given that the report is based on January 2020, the report does not reflect any impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. Data from the report is available at the state and CoC level here."
Legislative Updates, Priorities, & COVID-19 Information
Emergency Assistance Bill:
House Docket 3095 language: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/HD3095
Senate Docket 2155 language: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/SD2155
Organizational endorsement form: https://tinyurl.com/ea2122
Articles of interest:
Pediatric Emergency Department Visits for Homelessness After Shelter Eligibility Policy Change: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/142/5/e20181224
Trends in Homeless Children and Young Adults Seeking Shelter in a Boston Pediatric Emergency Department Following State Housing Policy Changes, 2011-2016: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29927643/
House Docket 1696 language: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/HD1696
Organizational endorsement form: https://tinyurl.com/homebase2122
COVID-19 Housing Equity Bill:
House Docket 3030 language: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/HD3030
Senate Docket 1802 language: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/SD1802
Organizational endorsement form: https://forms.gle/CWQBgEqMV2AvYnXE9