Homes for Families Leadership


Libby Hayes, Executive Director

Libby has a degree in social work and joined the movement to end family homelessness after returning from the Peace Corps in Nicaragua in 2002. She was a member of HFF's Public Policy Committee and an Advocacy Liaison while the Executive Director of Crossroads Family Shelter, finally becoming Executive Director to HFF in 2007. She was awarded the East Boston Times Woman of the Year in 2006 for her involvement in the community and advocacy efforts. She currently serves on the state’s advisory boards to the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness, and the Joint Committee on Housing/Homelessness and Sexual Abuse/Domestic Violence and the Department of Transitional Assistance’s Boston Offices.

Nilaya Montalvo, Director for Leadership and Community building

Nilaya joined Homes for Families as a community organizer in 2006 after having to access the family shelter system as a result of the combination of high market rents and domestic violence. Once a participant in the Public Policy Series, Nilaya went on to work with families across the state on influencing policy as well as working with providers and other stakeholders to continue to improve the way Massachusetts responds to family homelessness. Now the Director for Leadership & Community Building she continues to seek opportunities for families, providers, elected officials and members of cities and towns across the Commonwealth to work together towards a solution to family homelessness.

Homes for Families also relies on the support of :
Interns from Lasell College
The Consumer Advocacy Team
And our members in the provider community

Board of Directors

At least 50% of our Board of Directors have been homeless or at risk of homelessness. Additional board members are all deeply involved in the homeless service field, representing different shelter, housing, and workforce agencies throughout the state of Massachusetts. We rely our on board members for their lived experience and wisdom in keeping HFF's voice strong, community-centered, and unwaivering. This unique design is consistent, intentional, and effective.

Consumer Advocacy Team

Our Consumer Advocacy Team (CAT) is a group of passionate and powerful parents, each of who have experienced homelessness, poverty and systemic barriers and because of it are committed to strengthening the movement to end family homelessness. Our CATs have gone through a Public Policy training series and meet monthly to receive and give updates on current issues, provide input and feedback that continuously shape our policy and programmatic agenda, and drive our organization and vision forward to ensure that there are appropriate support systems for vulnerable families across Massachusetts.

While the CATs strategize at these monthly meetings, their children also come together as the Awesome Everybody Club to share ideas on how to spread their awesome out into the world, brainstorm ways to help adults understand them, and most importantly, have seriously serious dance parties.

Our board, CATs and kittens are the heart and soul of Homes for Families and what makes our work powerful and possible.

We thank you for your humor, your resiliency and your willingness to share your stories with the world.



photograph of woman and child in front of the State House

"I am now on a mission to fix the system that broke my family and many others like mine."