The Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness (ICHH) was convened by Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito in October of 2015. The ICHH is co- chaired by Secretary Sudders and Secretary Kennealy and consists of Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries and Commissioners of the executive branch of state government.
Who we serve
The mission of the ICHH is to provide a forum for creating new strategies in support of affordable housing development and to address the issues of homelessness among all populations. These new strategies will enhance the coordination and prioritization of housing resources and services of all types in support of vulnerable populations in the Commonwealth.
The ICHH seeks to align the work of all state agencies in affirming the priorities of the Administration with substantive initiatives and progress in the development of permanent affordable housing supported by appropriate services that promote health, safety, well–being and self-determination for the citizens of the Commonwealth.
The Olmstead Plan
One mission of the ICHH was to make revisions to the State’s Olmstead Plan. The 1999, U.S. Supreme Court decision Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 directed each state to create an Olmstead Plan to administer housing programs and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of qualified individuals with disabilities. In 2008, the ICHH finalized revisions to Massachusetts’s Olmstead Plan providing a roadmap for supportive housing and services of those with disabilities regardless of age.
Please visit the Olmstead Planning Committee web site for additional information: www.mass.gov/orgs/commonwealth-of-massachusetts-olmstead-planning-committee
The ICHH meets quarterly and meetings are open to public. The sub-population committees are broadly represented by state agencies, advocates, providers, consumers and other stakeholders.
The ICHH includes five committees comprised of MassHousing, MassHousing Partnership, Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, Boston Homeless Women's Committee and the following:
- Executive Office of Health and Human Services
- Executive Office of Economic Development
- Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities
- Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
- Executive Office of Education
- Office of Community Corrections
- Department of Early Education and Care
- Mass Housing Finance Agency Retirement Board