Coalition for Homeless Individuals and Homeless Men and Women Advocate to Help End Homelessness
On February 6th, The Coalition for Homeless Individuals (CHI) hosted its annual Advocacy Day breakfast at the State House, an opportunity for State legislators to learn more about CHI and the issues and needs of the system of providers working to respond to, and support, homeless individuals across the state. The Coalition has requested $55 million for its line item to support homeless individuals for FY20.
CHI is a network of 40 agencies, focused on supporting homeless individuals, that contract with the state to provide emergency shelter (day and night shelter), permanent housing, health care, employment services and other critical services to change the trajectory of homelessness in Massachusetts.
The state funds homelessness services through two avenues: family-based services and services for individuals. CHI focuses on providing vital services that help homeless individuals transition out of homelessness. Nearly a third of the state’s homeless population are individuals, but only 18% of the funding for homelessness goes to support homeless individuals, and the number of adults and unaccompanied minors experiencing homelessness is growing. Additionally, agencies serving homeless individuals are assisting an increasing number of individuals suffering from substance abuse. The individuals seeking out help often require more complex services and support than ever before particularly as the state continues to cope with the opioid epidemic.
The Coalition for Homeless Individuals is a statewide collection of emergency shelters, human service providers and their supporters that are working together to change the trajectory of homelessness in Massachusetts.