At this year’s Visioning Day, the crowd worked at their tables to share reactions to five “data snapshots” having to do with family homelessness in Massachusetts. Each table then worked together to come up with one vision statement to address the issues shown in the data.
Want know more about Visioning Day? Check out last year’s Visioning Day Report.
Below are the five visuals shown at Visioning Day — revisit them if you were there and otherwise, explore them!
Source: MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act Homeless Student Program Data 2016-2017.
Note: “Last year” refers to the 2016-17 school year, the most recent year for which data was available;
Note: “the past year” refers to the Year-to-Date numbers for Fiscal Year ’18 available at the time, July 2017 through May 2018.
Note: these data represent the number of households receiving eviction judgments. Both the number of households facing eviction filings and the number of children and adults affected by evictions are significantly larger.
Wondering what families, providers, and others came up with at their tables?
Here are a few of the vision statements that came out of this activity:
“We have a vision that one day all those in MA have equal access to resources & that no one has to experience homelessness.”
Stop the displacement of families, children and individuals
Housing is a human right”
“We imagine a world with enough affordable housing so that all children can grow & thrive in a safe, stable environment without fear of being evicted.”
“All families, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, have access to safe & affordable housing.”
“We have a vision for every child to feel the security of a safe, permanent home, and the ability, regardless of ethnicity, race, and identity, to feel celebrated for who they are and what they can accomplish.”
“We have a vision that all races should have equal access to services such as housing, food, and education.”