Home Again: Only a Home Ends Homelessness
Planning Process / History

The Home Again Story 

In 2006, the leadership of five highly regarded non-profits came together with the mission of reducing and ending adult chronic homelessness in the Greater Worcester area.  The executive leadership of the People in Peril shelter, Dismas House, Jeremiah's Inn, the Henry Lee Willis Center, and Community Healthlink formed the Steering Committee to create the Home Again initiative. The executive directors of Abby's House and the Central Mass Housing Alliance joined the Steering Committee in 2007.

With a $132,430 one-year planning grant from The Health Foundation of Central Mass, the Steering Committee enlisted a 25 member Planning Committee that drew from a broad cross section of the Greater Worcester area.  In regular meetings, the Steering Committee and Planning Committee worked to pull together the best practices of housing-first programs proven successful in other communities and create a model program to end chronic homelessness that could be adapted and implemented in the Worcester area.

With continued funding from The Health Foundation of Central Mass, Home Again reconstituted its Planning Committee as an Advisory Council to continue to provide experienced and diverse input to the ongoing implementation of the model program. Home Again will continually assess and modify the model program until it provides the best results possible to reduce and end adult chronic homelessness, which can then be implemented on a broader scale throughout the region, the state--and someday--the country.

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