Reaching to household early in a housing and/or income crisis is often the one key that can halt or delay the spiral into homelessness. Since 2003, the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless has challenged itself to find innovative ways to reach at risk households very early on in their housing crisis, by embedding its homelessness prevention services into non-traditional settings. By partnering with community health centers, public schools, and early intervention home visiting programs, we have been able to bring prevention resources to low-incomes families and individuals where they are already receiving services.
The HomeLink Initiative is designed to work with community health centers, public school districts and early intervention workers to help identify households that are having a housing crisis and then offer quick assistance to ensure that they remain stably housed. HomeLink offers comprehensive homelessness prevention and housing assistance through intensified case management, housing search, and landlord tenant mediation services to at-risk families and individuals. By embedding these prevention services in the health care centers, public schools and early intervention home visiting programs used by low-income households on a daily basis, the HomeLink Initiative has created a seamless entry point to link at-risk households with existing service systems and mainstream resources that can help them stabilize their housing situations, avoiding homelessness.
The HomeLink Initiative has begun training volunteers to staff a Help Desk within our community health center partners that is centrally located where patients can seek assistance on a variety of housing issues. To learn more about how you can become a trained HomeLink volunteer, please call 781-595-7570 x15.
* If you would like assistance from the HomeLink Initiative, please fill out this referral form and someone will follow up with you. *
HomeLink Community Partners:
Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, www.bnhc.org
Codman Square Community Health Center, www.codman.org
Dorchester House Multi Service Center, www.dorchesterhouse.org
Lynn Community Health Center, www.lchcnet.org
North Shore Infant and Toddler Development Program, www.massfamilyties.org
Northeast Arc – Family Support Services, Early Intervention, www.ne-arc.org
Thom Metro Boston Early Intervention Program, www.thomchild.org