On November 18, 2007 Governor Patrick signed Executive Order #492 establishing the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness. Since then, the ICHH has served as the body responsible for implementing the state’s plan to prevent and end homelessness. Now chaired by Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein of the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Council is working on several initiatives to increase effectiveness and collaboration among state agencies and with community partners. All of this work is organized around the ultimate goal of ensuring all of our neighbors have a safe, affordable place to call home.
Massachusetts is now a leader in the Housing First movement. In the last several years housing-based programs have expanded so more of the state’s resources are spent on long-term solutions for individuals and families. The Council meets monthly, and currently is working on five priorities including ending homelessness for families, veterans, youth, older adults, and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
For Immediate Assistance
For assistance in accessing emergency family shelter contact the Department of Housing and Community Development. For a listing of shelter programs serving adults without children in their custody please click here. If you are experiencing domestic violence, please call your nearest domestic violence program 24 hours a day. If you are a youth or young adult experiencing homelessness click here to access a resource guide. For all other housing-related questions, contact your local Housing Consumer Education Center.