BOSTON – Representative Edward J. Markey (d-Malden), along with Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, and Representatives John Olver, Jim McGovern, Niki Tsongas, and Richard Neal, today announced that Massachusetts will receive $56,550,634 to provide housing and services to the homeless throughout the state.
The funding, awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program, will provide transitional, rental, and permanent housing as well as a host of services to help homeless individuals and families move towards self-sufficiency and permanent housing.
“Expanded access to affordable and safe housing in each of these Commonwealth communities will help to significantly reduce the number of Massachusetts families who may experience homelessness this year. I welcome these critical federal grants and Bay State families will welcome the care that these programs provide on their journey towards a stable, secure, and economically self-sufficient future,” said Rep. Markey.
“Getting struggling families off the streets and on the path to permanent housing and work is critical for our society and our economy. Homelessness is a year round problem that needs a long-term solution and this investment is a step forward,” said Sen. Kerry.
“During these tough economic times, many of our citizens are struggling to make ends meet and need help getting back on their feet. These resources will play a comprehensive role helping those in need, and I am pleased our communities are receiving them,” said Sen. Brown.
“During these difficult economic times with high under employment and lingering high unemployment, people are struggling to find a job that pays the rent and supports their families. As we continue to rebuild our economy, I am very supportive of the Administration’s efforts to keep people in their homes and provide them with shelter during these cold winter months,” said Rep. Olver.
“I’m very pleased that Attleboro, Fall River and Worcester will be receiving these funds. Providing support for the homeless is particularly critical during these difficult economic times,” said Rep. McGovern.
"Helping homeless individuals and families get off the street and find safe housing is something we should be doing at all times, but this effort takes on additional urgency during difficult economic periods where increasing numbers of people are at risk. These fund released today will provide a lifeline to vulnerable citizens in Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill as well as in other areas of the Commonwealth,” said Rep. Tsongas.
“As we continue to experience some of the most severe weather of the winter season, the neediest individuals in western and central Massachusetts must not be forgotten. These timely federal grants will be a great help to the homeless community throughout the Connecticut River Valley. It will bring them food, shelter and relief as they work to move out of homelessness,” said Rep. Neal.
The following cities, towns, and programs across Massachusetts have received funding:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts - $8,132,774
Adams - $136,491
Family Life Support Center, Inc.
Attleboro - $92,235
New Hope Inc
Boston - $20,125,949
City of Boston
Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc.
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Pine Street Inn Inc.
Brookline - $191,895
Brookline Community Mental Health Center
Cambridge - $4,255,808
City of Cambridge
Cambridge Housing Authority
Heading Home Inc.
Transition House Family Development Program
Fall River - $1,788,677
City of Fall River
Catholic Social Services of Fall River
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.
Fitchburg – $91,018
Twin Cities Community Development Corporation
Framingham - $1,135,779
MetroWest Legal Services Inc.
South Middlesex Opportunity Council
Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
Gloucester - $114,400
Haverhill - $696,686
Haverhill Housing Authority
Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Inc.
Hyannis - $826,361
Barnstable Housing Authority
Duffy Health Center Inc.
Housing Assistance Corporation
Housing For All Corporation
Lawrence - $370,233
City of Lawrence
Merrimack Valley Young Men’s Christian Organization
YWCA of Greater Lawrence, Inc.
Lowell - $869,161
City of Lowell
Lynn - $2,139,331
Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development
Lynn Shelter Association
Malden - $723,407
Malden Housing Authority
Housing Families Inc
Tri-City Community Action Program
New Bedford - $1,691,470
City of New Bedford
Newburyport - $218,649
Turning Point, Inc.
Newton - $12,616
Citizens for Affordable Housing in Newton Development Organization
Newtonville - $439,673
The Second Step, Inc
Northampton - $1,441,586
City of Northampton
Peabody - $173,758
North Shore Community Action Programs, Inc.
Pittsfield - $194,878
Berkshire Community Action Council
Provincetown - $70,560
Provincetown Housing Authority
Quincy - $3,196,885
City of Quincy
Father Bills & Mindspring, Inc.
Somerville - $1,708,744
Somerville Homeless Coalition
Somerville Community Corporation
Somerville Housing Authority
Springfield - $1,165,330
City of Springfield
Taunton - $494,385
Community Counseling of Bristol County, Inc.
Wareham - $42,000
South Shore Housing Development Corporation
Worcester - $5,266,243
City of Worcester
Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance
Community Healthlink, Inc