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)
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.
A public policy advocacy organization dedicated to ending homelessness in the Commonwealth through permanent residential solutions.
MAHA educates and mobilizes individuals and communities to increase sustainable homeownership across Massachusetts.
The Alliance works collaboratively with its local, state, and national partners to advance policies and programs that prevent and end homelessness.
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:
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.