Let’s Hear it For The GOOD.


It’s important to acknowledge the good.  In the work we do, it is so easy to get caught up in the struggles and barriers that seem so abundant; but when we do that, we miss the big picture…and what works.

Yesterday, DHCD announced $4 million in federal funding from the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) to be distributed across agencies throughout the state to support homeless families and individuals through supplemental funding for emergency shelters, rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention programs and the creation of DV emergency shelters for families.  

These funds are estimated to help an additional 618 low-income families and individuals avoid entering the shelter system and 612 homeless individuals into permanent housing from shelter.  In addition, an additional $285,000 will be used to create 12 new units of emergency shelter for families fleeing DV situations.

This supplemental budget reflects the Patrick Administration’s plan to move from a responsive system to that of prevention by focusing on rapid rehousing, a method that is highly regarded by some who believe the rapid rehousing is a more inexpensive and efficient way to frame way ways in which we react to homelessness in the state.    

We would love to hear your comments regarding the ESG Funds and Rapid Rehousing. 

Let’s hear it for the good!

Recipient Agencies of ESG Funding:

 

 

 

Organization Name

City

Grant Amount

Shelter Support:

 

 

Friends of the Homeless

Springfield

125,923

SMOC (Shadows)

Ashland

30,541

Pine St./Childrens Serv. Rox.

Boston

208,253

Boston Public Health Com

Boston

155,620

Father Bill’s/Mainspring

Quincy /Brockton

135,178

MHSA

Boston

211,552

Housing Assistance  Corp

Hyannis

39,588

Steppingstone

Fall River

103,280

Action, Inc

Gloucester

32,286

River House

Beverly

95,397

CASPAR, Inc

Cambridge

87,588

 

 

 

Totals

 

1,225,206 

 

 

 

Non-Emergency Assistance Beds:

 

 

IHN-Friendly House

Worcester

48,339

MIHN Fitchburg

Fitchburg

67,342

 

 

 

Totals

 

115,681 

 

 

 

Domestic Violence Shelter Beds:

 

 

Dove

Quincy

14,092

Y of Western MA

Springfield

69,242

Asian Task Force

Boston

49,642

Elizabeth Stone House

Jamaica Plain

50,960

Y of Central MA

Worcester

25,480

Renewal House

Boston

50,960

HarborCov

Chelsea

25,480

 

 

 

Totals

 

285,856 

 

 

 

Rapid Rehousing:

 

 

Father Bill’s/Mainspring

Quincy/Brock

165,795

Catholic Charities

Springfield

126,380

Lynn Housing Dev Group

Lynn

43,630

MHSA

Boston

719,897

Emmaus

North Shore

104,123

Community Teamwork (CTI)

Lowell

61,082

HAC

Hyannis

43,385

CMHA

Worcester

97,930

Community Teamwork (CTI)

Lawrence

34,904

Catholic Social Services

Fall River

34,904

Catholic Social Services

Attleboro

34,904

 

 

 

Totals

 

1,466,934 

 

 

 

Prevention:

 

 

Catholic Social Services

Fall River

43,630

SMOC

Framingham

225,601

City of Cambridge

Cambridge

112,800

Tri-CAP

Malden

61,082

Community Action

Greenfield

122,164

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Somerville

43,385

Brookline Community MHC

Brookline

61,434

 

 

 

Totals

 

670,096 

 

 

 

Tenancy Preservation Program:

 

 

MHA

Springfield

77,387

Father Bills/Mainspring

Brockton

50,842

Bay Cove

Boston

55,018

 

 

 

Totals

 

183,247 

 

 

 

Grand Totals

 

3,947,020

 

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In addition to your comments on rapid rehousing and ESG funding, tell us what other good you see. What is working for you as a family, or as a provider?  The more good we have to go off of, the more we can replicate it. 

 

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8 thoughts on “Let’s Hear it For The GOOD.

  1. how does this help a timed out homebase family that originally fleed from domestic violence, what category does tbis kind of family fall under and what kind of assistance will be available to these families?

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    • how does this help a timed out homebase family that originally fleed from domestic violence, what category does this kind of family fall under and what kind of assistance will be available to these families? my agency has been heading. home and now abcd n whih are not one of the agencys connected to esg funding Im so confused nor did you see homes for families on there list. these agencys have helped so many that have fleed from domestic violence!

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      • Hi April, Thanks so much for all of your activity lately, we love your comments. I personally don’t have the answer to these really great questions, but will look into it and get back to you. I wish that all agencies could get funding, they definitely deserve it, but it’s a community effort to keep families safe and in housing and we all work together regardless of who has the funding. I will get back to you on the questions as soon as I can! If anyone else reading this knows, feel free to jump in!

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  2. Thanks for always responding it is so heart felt ! I cant say that I feel better but this is a breakthrough thank GOD and I pray that I am one of the familiess that willl benefit as my family has been in transition for the past four years, shelters , ea, transition program for dv victims second step in newton ma, dove shelter, scattered site, homebase im about to jump through a cherrio whole and and im planning now for my exit off of homebase with my stabalization worker im so scared but my trust is with GOD and he has not brought me this far to leave me now !

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    • That’s what we are here for- to respond to your fears, concerns, and everything else under the sun. We are proud of all that you are doing for your family and please know that you are doing everything right!!

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  3. Does this mean that these agencies will have relocation funding for families moving into permanent housing? I am currently in a scattered site through MHSA (under DHCD, I was originally in a motel but luckily got a transfer) and wonder if I would have any financial help moving once I obtain permanent housing.

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    • Hi Sarah, thanks for your comment. I think that it’s definitely worth asking about at MHSA to see what they are using the ESG funds for. Glad you are in a scattered site and out of a motel, and good luck on your housing search…please keep us updated so we can help where possible.

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      • Also, you should also be able to access HomeBASE Household Assistance (which will be up to $4,000) to help with deposits and some moving expenses (or other flexible uses to help you move out of shelter). Families in shelter can access the funding with the help of their shelters.

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