November 1, 2010

Deadline passes for study of Massachusetts homeless shelter funding

by Peter Noonan The Republican

SPRINGFIELD – The Sept. 30 deadline, mandated in legislation passed on Beacon Hill earlier this year, to find ways to rectify discrepancies in state funding for homeless shelters in Western Massachusetts and Greater Boston came and went.

An official with the state Department of Housing & Community Development says the study is more complex than simply addressing a rate structure, and the agency will need two to three more months to complete its work.

William J. Miller, executive director of Friends of the Homeless located on Worthington Street, said this week his organization continues to struggle under a long-term state funding disparity for shelters which he says favors Eastern Massachusetts shelters.

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Kathy  Tobin

After almost thirty years covering the news for television affiliates in Western Massachusetts, Kathy joined Friends of the Homeless in the fall of 2009 to help raise money and the profile of the organization to fulfill its mission. As Director of Development, Kathy is available to help you understand the work we are doing and how you might contribute to end homelessness in our community.