Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

Phone: (413) 219-5658
Email: pschwartz77@gmail.com

Website: http://westernmasshousingfirst.org

The Western MA Regional Coordinating Network is a”housing first” initiative for Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire Counties. It is a collaboration of multiple service providers and agencies and civic and business leaders.

Its initiatives prioritize prevention, rapid re-housing and housing stabilization through community supports and economic opportunity.

The public health approach works at three levels:
Community: introduction of meaningful assessment and accurate referral at the many locations that encounter families at risk of homelessness and individuals who experience chronic homelessness.
Target groups: the coordination required to match the right resources to people in need.
Individuals: evidence-based strategies to provide housing, housing subsidies, and supportive services to individuals. WMRCN’s goal is to serve 43 individuals and 310 families over an 18-month period.

Pamela Schwartz, Director of Regional Coordination