In 2011, the cap was lifted on the Community Support Program for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness (CSPECH) thanks to advocacy by MHSA and our partner The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) estimates CSPECH has already created a net Medicaid savings of more than $3 million.
Boston has seen a 25% decrease in the number of chronically homeless individuals between 2005 and 2010, despite a struggling economy, thanks to Mayor Menino’s emphasis on permanent supportive housing.
This year MHSA was thrilled to receive $100,000 from the Citizens Bank Foundation to target chronic homelessness in Boston and Springfield. These funds have gone directly to support the work of two of our member agencies:
The Boston Public Health Commission’s (BPHC) High Utilizers of Emergency Services (HUES) to Home program
and the Mental Health Association’s Regional Engagement and Assessment for the Chronic Homeless (REACH) II program in Springfield.
In September 2010, MHSA and our partners gathered in Worcester for Homecoming 2010: Honoring Achievements in Ending Chronic Homelessness.
And more recently, MHSA and our supporters gathered in Boston in May 2011 for Home for Good: Solutions Start Here to honor outstanding work to initiate solutions to homelessness.
MHSA’s work to end homelessness would not be possible without our partnerships with you.