Since its inception, Homes for Families has advocated for changes to what we see as the two most basic elements in addressing and ultimately ending family homelessness in Massachusetts – housing that families can afford and a system that can successfully address that need.
HFF has been instrumental in the restoration of funding and necessary program enhancements for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP); essential funding for the state’s family emergency shelter system and language necessary to maintaining this basic resource to otherwise extremely vulnerable families; the implementation of Residential Assistance to Families in Transition (RAFT); equitable access to affordable childcare to homeless families; and to the efforts to fund the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness (ICHH), a committed effort to address the necessary systems changes essential to ending homelessness in the Commonwealth.
True to its mission, the families of HFF have ensured that an ambassador of its Leadership Development Institute now sits on the civic engagement working group of the ICHH in its work moving forward, able to serve as a direct and honest voice piece between the parents who are experiencing homelessness and the system that is charged with addressing the needs of poor and underserved families.
Budget priority wins
This current fiscal year (FY09, running from July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009), HFF membership and leadership identified three main areas of concentration for advocacy. Read on to learn of these, and past, HFF advocacy wins.