CHI Advocacy Breakfast
On February 7, 2019, the Coalition for Homeless Individuals (CHI) welcomed State legislators to its annual Advocacy Day breakfast to address the issues and needs of thousands of homeless individuals across the state. The Coalition has requested additional funding in the FY20 budget to support the growing number of adults and unaccompanied minors experiencing homelessness.
During the event, men and women who are either formerly or currently living in homelessness shared their stories with attendees. Following the event, guests and clients of the organizations visited legislators to advocate for increased funding.
Nearly a third of the state’s homeless population are individuals, but only 18% of the funding for homelessness goes to support homeless individuals. Additionally, agencies serving homeless individuals are assisting an increasing number of individuals suffering from substance abuse, heightening the need for more complex services and support.
CHI advocates are requesting that the legislature provide them the additional funding needed to reach $55 million for services and maintain the $5 million from FY19 in funding for rapid transition of homeless individuals into permanent housing. In his FY20 budget, Governor Baker provided shelter services with $48,355,000 in the 7004-0102 line item and $5 million in the 7004-0202 line item.