Useful Links

Shelter Sunday
Every year, the Shelter Sunday fundraiser covers the whole city of Northampton to gather support for six local agencies helping the needy.  Read more at the website: http://northamptonsheltersunday.org/
Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness
This regional initiative aims to move our area towards ending homelessness, rather than just managing it. http://westernmasshousingfirst.org
ServiceNet
Our partner in operating the Interfaith Emergency Shelter is ServiceNet, a regional agency which has many programs helping people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. http://www.servicenet.org
Northampton Mayor’s web page on regional homelessness
The Mayor’s office has assembled this page of links to reports on  homelessness, including the regional plan “All Roads Lead Home: the Pioneer Valley’s Plan to End Homelessness”; the mayor’s page also has a link to the city’s Housing Planner: http://www.northamptonma.gov/mayor/rh/
Community Action! of Franklin, Hampshire, & North Quabbin Regions
This organization helps low-income people in our area with many needs, including issues related to housing.  The link below is to their page on housing, but the rest of the website has much to offer as well. http://www.communityaction.us/index.php?id=358

Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance

This advocacy group unites agencies, organizations & individuals to promote solutions to homelessness throughout the state.  Their website has lots of current news and data.
http://www.mhsa.net/

Stand Up For Kids is a national organization that advocates for, and provides services to, homeless youth.  There is a Worcester chapter.

The Northampton Survival Center provides food and other resources to low-income individuals and families in Hampshire County.

Each week, the MANNA Soup Kitchen provides three free hot meals for anyone in need.  Meals are served Wednesday evenings and Saturday noontime in Edwards Church and Mondays at noon in St. John’s Episcopal Church. Free lunches are served to anyone in need at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

ServiceNet’s Drop-In Center is a hub where homeless individuals can access housing advocates, benefit specialists, case managers, health care providers, and other professionals and advocates.  They can grab a bag lunch or get a cup of coffee.  The can also use computers and phones to help in job and housing searches.

http://homeless.samhsa.gov/ looks at homelessness from a national perspective.

http://www.refinancemortgagerates.org/affordable-housing-homelessness
This website has extensive information on housing, homelessness, and how to get help from various sources.