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Homelessness and poverty are inextricably linked. Poor people are frequently unable to pay for housing, food, childcare, health care, and education. Difficult choices must be made when limited resources cover only some of these necessities. Often it is housing, which absorbs a high proportion of income that must be dropped. If you are poor, you are essentially an illness, an accident, or a paycheck away from living on the streets.

(Source: National Coalition for the Homeless)


1. Write a letter to your State Representative asking them to support the Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Act, House Bill 3838.



1. Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless

The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless is considered a leader in developing innovative advocacy and programming on homelessness prevention, affordable housing, and meeting basic needs. These efforts result in measurable outcomes and community impact. Created in 1981, the Coalition embraces a collaborative approach to unify people and mobilize resources to support its mission to end homelessness in the Commonwealth.

2. Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance

A public policy advocacy organization dedicated to ending homelessness in the Commonwealth through permanent residential solutions.

3. Massachusetts Affordable Alliance

MAHA educates and mobilizes individuals and communities to increase sustainable homeownership across Massachusetts.

4. National Alliance to End Homelessness

The Alliance works collaboratively with its local, state, and national partners to advance policies and programs that prevent and end homelessness.

5. National Coalition for the Homeless

A national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: to end homelessness. The NCH is committed to creating the systemic and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent and end homelessness.


1. Read the following factsheets from the National Coalition for the Homeless:

Who is Homeless?
How Many People Experience Homelessness?
Why Are People Homeless?

2. Watch this video about why the 'Housing First' policy saves homeless lives and public money.

3. Read the report on The State of Homelessness in America 2012.