Welcome to our new website and blog!
In early 2019, our community launched an effort to understand and end homelessness among youth and young adults in Springfield and Hampden County, Massachusetts.
We’ve already made progress toward understanding the scope of the problem and who it impacts. This website shares the information collected in our needs assessment conducted in the first half of 2019. It provides data plus insights from young people 13-24 with lived experience of homelessness.
Understanding the problem is just the start. We are committed to use this information to plan our community-wide response, make the changes and find the funding to implement the response, and then continuously measure our progress and shift our strategies until we get it right.
We aim to make homelessness among youth and young adults rare, brief, and non-recurring. We believe this goal is ambitious but achievable.
It will take our whole community working together to get there. Please join us in creating the solution. Subscribe to this blog for regular updates and meeting announcements.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to working with you.
Gerry McCafferty, Director of Housing, City of Springfield