GOVERNOR PATRICK VISITS FRIENDS OF HOMELESS FACILITY, RECOGNIZED FOR SUPPORT
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Tuesday, November 29, 2011 – Governor Deval Patrick today visited the Friends of the Homeless (FOH) Resource Center where he received recognition for the Patrick-Murray Administration’s support and offered remarks on the Administration’s homelessness prevention efforts. After a pledge of support in 2007, the Administration allocated more than $10 million in 2009 for the new resource facility that includes a medical/dental clinic, dormitory style shelter for women, individual efficiency apartments, a resource/computer room and a dining hall to support the Springfield area’s homeless individuals.
“Friends of the Homeless has been an excellent partner in this administration’s efforts to end homelessness in Springfield and across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Patrick. “I commend them for their vital work and thank them for today's informative visit."
The new FOH Resource Center was funded in part through the state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in 2009 with $2.6 million in state housing subsidies and $7.8 million in Tax Credit Assistance Program funds. This year, FOH received $150,000 in federal Emergency Shelter Grant funds from DHCD. In addition, the Administration worked with the legislature to make $100,000 available in FY2012 for tornado relief through the recent supplemental budget. FOH was instrumental in advancing a requirement passed by the legislature for FY2012 that mandated a $20 minimum daily rate for all individual shelter programs.
“Friends of the Homeless has been at the forefront of the effort to end individual homelessness in Massachusetts,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, chair of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness. “Their innovative ideas and the development of the new Resource Center will impact countless individuals and help them get back on their feet.”
Since taking office in 2007, the Patrick-Murray Administration has demonstrated its commitment to ending homelessness in Massachusetts. The Administration has worked closely with organizations like Friends of the Homeless to find permanent solutions to for individual homelessness.
FOH operates the largest emergency shelter for adult individuals in Western Massachusetts, provides services aimed at ending homelessness and operates 110 low-income housing units; 1200 men and women come through the emergency shelters at FOH each year. All of them utilize the health and dental clinics, counseling and referrals. FOH recognizes that the need is great not only in Springfield but around the state. All FOH shelter and housing is supported by case management aimed at obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. They are a private, non-profit 501(C)3 organization established over 20 years ago to serve Greater Springfield.