Western Massachusetts Network To End Homelessness

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   A new report says progress is being made on reducing homelessness in the four counties of western Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker
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The number of homeless families living in hotels and motels at state expense is down sharply in Massachusetts.  Gov. Charlie Baker is making good on a pledge to end the practice.

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Progress is being made in reducing the number of homeless families and individuals living in emergency shelters, motels and on the streets in western Massachusetts, according to a report issued today.

The report from the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness highlighted a 34 percent drop in overall family homelessness – including a sharp reduction in the number of families living in motels from 284 to 49 – and a 27 percent decline in homeless veterans over the last year.

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During a time that saw a record number of homeless families in Massachusetts receive emergency assistance from the state, an innovative jobs program is credited with helping hundreds move out of the shelters for good.

In its second year in operation in western Massachusetts, the Secure Jobs program for homeless families provided job placements for 128 people. A job that pays a living wage is an essential step toward stable housing, according to advocates for ending homelessness.

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A pilot program in western Massachusetts to place homeless people in permanent jobs so that they can eventually leave shelters has far exceeded its first- year goal. The state’s top housing official announced funding will be available to attempt to replicate the program’s success in other regions of the state.