July 18, 2016
BENEFITING: Somerville Homeless Coalition, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Somerville Homeless Coalition, Inc.
EVENT: Flash Impact Challenge
Somerville Homeless Coalition, Inc. wrote -
"Hello? Can you help me? I'm homeless..."
We get calls like this every day, and each story is heartbreaking.
AnnMarie became the legal guardian of her 3 young grandchildren, but then lost her job and was on the verge of becoming homeless when she called.
Fabienne and her two children had to escape an abusive home and were living in a shelter.
Josh was homeless for 15 years after leaving home as a teen and fending for himself on the streets.
The Somerville Homeless Coalition is our community's safety net. Our Passages Case Managers helped nearly 300 homeless people last year, including families with children. They provide one-on-one support and guidance to help get these men and women through the process of applying for affordable housing, for benefits, for pursuing education or skills training, whatever it takes to get them into a safe and stable home.
Our Current Need
Funding for our successful Passages Case Management Management program was unexpectedly eliminated by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), retroactive to January 1st of this year.
As of July 1 we have had to scale back our program to two part-time case managers (down from 3 full-time and 2 part-time).
We still get calls every day asking for help, and you can help us answer them.
Please help us raise $240,000 to restore this program.
For more information about the Somerville Homeless Coalition, please visit our web site at www.shcinc.org.