SERVICE PROVIDERS

What follows are links and information to several local and national organizations which provide service to the homeless community. Many of you know that we are working with the "Task Force to End Homelessness" on a project to create web pages for those who provide services to the homeless. The project comes as a result of the tremendous success of the Third Edition of the informational booklet created by the Task Force in 1992. - Guide to Donating and Volunteering in Boston Area Shelters and Food Service Programs.

BOSTON SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTS

The Task Force is a subcommittee of the Boston Society of Architects. Shawmut plans to use this opportunity to train its students in HTML and web page design and is currently seeking a corporate sponsor for this project. To view our draft of an online version, click on the picture of the book.

DATA ENTRY FORM (Password required)

If you wish to become a sponsor for this program, you can donate online. Click on the "Donations" link to the left, or send us an email at info@shawmuteducation.org , or call Kim Raymond, Shawmut Education Treasurer at 617-254-1134. If you are a service provider in Massachusetts or elsewhere in the United States please fill out our Service Provider Form. In doing so you help our mutual clientle acheive an improved vocational skill set to help in stabilizing their lives as well as listing your organization so that those in need and those whom work with the target population can refer to you.

MASSACHUSETTS COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MCH) works to address the broad economic and social issues that lead to homelessness. Created by an association of grassroots organizations in 1981, MCH is the country's oldest statewide homeless advocacy organization. MCH's policy and organizational work involves the annual participation of over 700 volunteers, 235 faith communities, 1300 service providers and regional advocacy groups, and hundreds of families and individuals who have experienced homelessness.

The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless produces the Down and Out resource manual, with a wide array of important information in one handbook. In addition to addressing common situations encountered by low-income people in crisis, Down and Out

NATIONAL COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national advocacy network of homeless persons, activists, service providers, and others committed to ending homelessness through public education, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and technical assistance.

National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness

The National Student Camoaign Against Hunger and Homelessness works with a coalition of students and community members across the country to end hunger and homelessness through education service and action.

CITY OF BOSTON EMERGENCY SHELTER COMMISSION

Established in 1983 by an act of the Boston City Council, the Emergency Shelter Commission actively serves Boston's homeless community by offering referrals to emergency shelter and other services. The Commission serves as a resource to service providers as well as the community in general by providing information and workshops on issues relating to the homeless population.

CSP-Tech/UMASS BOSTON

Through a multi-year contract with the City of Boston and the State of Massachusetts, CSP is serving as the Central Server for implementation of a system-wide homeless services data system, currently involving more than 140 shelter programs across the Commonwealth, representing over 60% of individuals and families served in the state's emergency shelters

VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROJECT

The Project is a publicly-funded legal services office. Through the Project, private attorneys contribute their services to eligible clients at no cost. If you are low income, elderly or a disabled resident of the Boston area, you are eligible.

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

Our mission is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelesness.

Lawyers Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homelessness

The mission of the Clearinghouse is to promote affordable housing and economic development and to reduce homelessness by providing pro bono legal services to nonprofit housing and economic development organizations and to individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

STATEWIDE LEGAL SERVICES LISTING

ABCD and BPHC are jointly sponsoring BostonResourceNet. ResourceNet is a free, one-of-a-kind web tool providing a wide range of information about human services�the kind of information you can�t get from a phone book!

HUD

If you are homeless, help is available! HUD, along with many other federal agencies, funds programs to help the homeless. These programs are managed by local organizations that we call "homeless assistance agencies." They provide a range of services, including shelter, food, counseling, and jobs skills programs. So start by contacting a homeless assistance agency in your area. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 451 7th Street S.W., Washington, DC 20410

Department of Housing and Community Development

The formation of DHCD signified recognition by the Executive and Legislative branches of the state that the problems which confront our cities and towns could be solved only by the establishment of a state level agency concerned with local issues and community development.

MASSCAP

MASSCAP is a statewide association of the 25 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) operating in Massachusetts. Through the combined skills and vision of its members, MASSCAP works to enhance the ability of each member to better serve its clients.

The Mass Accesible Housing Registry

The Mass Accessible Housing Registry is a free program that helps people with disabilities find rental housing in Massachusetts, primarily accessible and barrier-free housing. The Mass Access database keeps track of accessible and affordable apartments throughout the state and maintains information about their availability.

Community Resources Information, Inc. (CRI)

is a not-for-profit, tax exempt 501 c (3) charitable organization whose principal mission is to develop and maintain community-based Internet web sites which provide comprehensive information on community resources relevant to the needs of low and moderate income families and individuals of all ages. CRI also works to improve Internet access and training in the use of computers for persons with low income.

Worcester Resources.Org

WorcesterResources.org is a community-based web site that provides detailed information about the many types of assistance available to those in need living in Worcester, Massachusetts and its surrounding towns.

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