Gathering To End Homelessness

On Friday, May 31st, over 150 Network partners came together for the 8th Annual Gathering of the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness at Holyoke Community College. A coalition of housing advocates from every level of government and community across our four western counties gathered in a call for action—and we were heard.

In anticipation of the House and Senate debate on the Healey-Driscoll administration’s proposed Affordable Homes Act, the turnout assembled by Network Director Pamela Schwartz and her team was inspiring, but the presentations were sobering.  

Shelter statistics show family homelessness across western Mass is up nearly 50% since 2020. Unsheltered homelessness has increased 224% since 2021. And people of color are two to six times more at risk of being homeless.

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