Additional Resources for Housing & Shelter Providers

Articles, Reports, Presentations, & Briefs

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

New Research Links Income Inequality with Increased Cost Burdens and Homelessness- The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, April 20, 2021

Rental Affordability and COVID-19 in Rural New England - New England Public Policy Center, April 21, 2021

The Lasting Impact of the Pandemic on Homelessness in the U.S.

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.”

2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part 1

"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.


Read the full HUD press release.


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

Western Mass Network to End Homelessness FY2022 Budget Priorities

Western Mass Network to End Homelessness 2021 - 2022 Bill Priorities

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Congregate Care Organizations

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless March 30th Legislative Briefing on COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Issues - Video

Emergency Assistance Bill:

HomeBASE Bill:

COVID-19 Housing Equity Bill:

Eviction Diversion Initiative Training

Including ERAP, RAFT, ERMA, TPP, and more