Governor Patrick issued Executive Order Number 492 on November 18, 2007 that reinstated the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness (ICHH). Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray chairs the Council, which is working to implement the recommendations from the Massachusetts Commission to End Homelessness.
Under Lt. Governor Murray’s leadership, the Administration has reformed our shelter system. The first step was successfully moving our shelter program out of the Executive Office Health and Human Services and into our Department of Housing and Community Development, which brought a new focus to actually housing people, as opposed to sheltering them.
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.