The Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance recently honored Worcester Mayor Joe O’Brien, social justice champion John Rosenthal, and the group Home Again for their outstanding work in addressing the problems of homelessness and affordable housing.
The 2011 Honorees:
John Rosenthal, President, Meredith Management
John Rosenthal received the Bob Ray Partnership Award for his more than twenty years of service in the struggle to end homelessness. Under his leadership leadership and in conjunction with the city of Boston, Friends of Boston’s Homeless has raised more than $25 million and developed a full continuum of emergency shelter, transitional housing, job training and employment services and permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness.
Home Again in Worcester
Home Again, a Worcester-based non-profit, was honored with the MHSA Cornerstone Award. A collaboration led by Community Healthlink and including the South Middlesex Opportunity Council/People in Peril Shelter, the Henry Lee Willis Center, Dismas House, Jeremiah’s Inn and the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Home Again worked with The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts to effectively end chronic homelessness in Worcester.
Worcester Mayor Joe O’Brien
Mayor Joe O’Brien accepted the Canon Kelley Public Servant Award on behalf of the city of Worcester. Mayor O’Brien led regional efforts to oppose Question 2 last fall and has been a passionate advocate for affordable housing and ending homelessness in Worcester. Past recipients include Boston City Council President Mike Ross and Mayor Thomas Menino.