Homelessness Initiatives:
Mobilizing Resources to End Homelessness


The state of Massachusetts, the Pioneer Valley region, and the City of Springfield have all made commitments to mobilize resources to end homelessness for both single individuals and families.

There have been major shifts in public policy. For homeless families with children, the state has shifted away from congregate shelters and is re-allocating resources to reduce the length of time families remain in shelter, move families quickly into permanent housing, maximize their income, and insure that they remain stable. There is also an emphasis on programs and services that prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless and requiring temporary shelter.

Adding New Homeless & Transitional Housing Services

HAPHousing is playing an active role in these efforts, building on the experience gained during the 25 years we have operated Prospect House, a congregate family shelter in Springfield. In addition to Prospect House, HAPHousing now provides 46 temporary Rapid Re-housing emergency shelter units in various locations throughout Springfield, where homeless families can stay while they work with program staff to obtain stable, permanent housing.

Families are accepted into Prospect House or Rapid Re-Housing shelter units thorugh referral by the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance.
 
There are also a variety of programs and services available from HAPHousing that can help someone stabilize their existing housing situation and avoid becoming homeless.

Ending Homelessness through Affordable Housing Development

Strategies for avoiding homelessness depend on an adequate supply of readily available, affordable housing – and HAPHousing works actively to increase the stock of affordable units in our region. HAPHousing has developed nearly 900 units of affordable housing including single person occupancy units, transitional and permanent housing for families who have experienced homelessness, and housing for those with special needs. Currently, we are working with a group of other nonprofit developers and service providers to explore new ways to add to the stock of supportive housing for those with special needs.