On March 18, 2015, the Boston Legislative Breakfast was held at Project Hope. Be sure to check out our album on Facebook for pictures of the day!
Thanks to Whole Foods (Jamaica Plain AND Charles River), Starbucks, and Haley House, the actual breakfast part was abundant and delicious. After networking, we got down to business. Libby Hayes, our Executive Director, laid out our priorities and recommendations to the Administration. We heard from a working father facing homelessness-because even affordable housing in Boston isn’t affordable. We also heard from a mother in school who can speak to the difference a voucher makes firsthand- and how it promotes her family’s success. As you know, HFF sees families and providers- those closest to the issue- as experts on it.
We brought four questions to the panel to hear their thoughts, then brought those questions to the audience, and now we are bringing the questions (and responses) to you (in word cloud form):
1. What should the process of applying for shelter look and feel like?
2. What does stable housing mean to you?
3.How can we use short-term resources as a tool towards long-term stability?
4. What community resources should be available?
The Boston Legislative Breakfast allows us to bring together localities to discuss issues that impact their city and community directly. Various other legislative breakfasts and lunches are held across the state with HFF input and presence to help cities connect with their legislators, and share ideas and concerns about specific issues.
Please share your thoughts on this questions in the answers below, or use this blog to inform others on what families- and those who work to support them- are doing to end family homelessness in Massachusetts.
(Special shout out to the Boston Legislative Breakfast Planning Committee Members for bringing this event to life!)