Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless Inc

Committed to working toward ensuring everyone has a place to call home.

Lynn, MA   |  www.mahomeless.org

Mission

The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless' mission is to prevent and eradicate homelessness from the Commonwealth. Our comprehensive approach allows us to address the root causes of homelessness, achieve positive community impact, and ensure that services are provided to those in immediate need to ensure that everyone has a place to call home. The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless works to support its mission on three levels: systemic change fueled by public policy, direct services through homelessness prevention programs, and the distribution of material needs such as clothing, furniture, and beds for children.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Ms. Robyn D. Frost

Main address

73 Buffum Street

Lynn, MA 01902 USA

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EIN

22-2599662

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Coalition has set organizational and strategic goals for the years to come, which will allow us to continue to find concrete solutions in the areas of housing, income, health, and education inequalities for those living at or below the poverty level within the Commonwealth. The following organizational and strategic goals also address the need to accomplish this effectively and continue to be fiscally stable.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Advocacy & Public Policy

The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless has a rich history dating back to the early 1980s as a leader in the fight to prevent and end homelessness here in the Commonwealth. The agency is steadfast in our belief that homelessness can be resolved by supplying safe, affordable, permanent housing for the lowest-income households and providing opportunities for families, individuals, and youth to build economic stability. To achieve these goals, the Coalition and our members undertake campaigns in support of affordable housing, homelessness prevention, income and benefit programs, and access to education.

Population(s) Served

A Bed for Every Child partners with public schools and other community organizations to provide free new twin beds for children in need throughout Massachusetts.

Population(s) Served

Currently, the Coalition partners with local community health care centers across Massachusetts to identify patient populations in need of critical housing, benefits, and support services.

The Big Kid Bed Initiative aims to identify low-income families with toddlers who need safe sleeping arrangements and education on the importance of sleep and other related resources.

Partnering pediatricians provide families with educational resources on the importance of sleep, and healthy bedtime routines, as well as a prescription for a "big kid" bed.

Population(s) Served

Currently, the Coalition partners with local community health care centers across Massachusetts to identify patient populations in need of critical housing, benefits, and support services.

The Coalition established a screening tool used to highlight housing insecurities a patient is currently facing.

Once a patient has identified a housing crisis, they are referred to the Coalition's Casa Project, where they receive critical advocacy and support services to help stabilize the housing crisis they are facing.

Population(s) Served

Teen CHANGE works with inner-city High Schools to provide at-risk, unaccompanied, and unstably housed youth with timely supports and resources to improve housing stability. Working to ensure the continuity of education, and promote overall well-being.

The Coalition has been committed to finding concrete solutions to preventing and ending youth homelessness and helping to set a coordinated community response.  The Teen CHANGE initiative creates an individualized service plan with the youth and families that will help them connect to all the resources and services allowing them to obtain housing or retain existing housing.  When needed, Youth Advocates assist students and families in accessing emergency shelter services as well.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Out-of-home youth

Considered experts in our field, the Coalition provides critical advocacy and support services to households facing housing, homelessness, or benefit resource crises.

Our advocates are available Monday through Friday across multiple platforms, helping to navigate a multitude of complex housing, homelessness prevention, and benefits needs.

Population(s) Served

The Coalition for the Homeless is proud to call the city of Lynn our home headquarters.

Within the City of Lynn, far too many low-income men, women, and children are testing positive for COVID-19 and need the support to families quarantining, which is critical to combating this pandemic.

Since May of 2020, the Coalition has been partnering with the Lynn Community Health Center to help provide patients that are testing positive for COVID-19 with wraparound support services, helping provide a family all the necessary supplies needed to fight and recover from covid-19.

Weekly, the Coalition provides each household in need with hot meals & groceries, as well as providing enough personal protective equipment, cleaning, and paper products for the month.

Additionally, with the help of P&G, the Coalition launched “Operation Liquid Gold" providing hand sanitizer to shelter providers and their guests, providing an additional and effective method of defense against COVID-19.

The Coalition will continue to provide these support services as the need continue to exist.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Low-income people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, People with disabilities, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Across the Coalition's programs, we have served over 8,000 clients in need of housing advocacy, access to homeless prevention resources, material goods, and direct services.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Coalition aims to promote and provide education and awareness by effectively telling our story to the community, conveying a message that increases the understanding of our mission, and demonstrates the impact of our programs and initiatives and the value of the Coalition to the community.

Strengthen communications through social media, press releases, and constant contact on a regular basis.

Create communications that will highlight the work the Coalition undertakes, our accomplishments, and the success stories of people that the Coalition has assisted.

Enhancing, creating, and delivering programs and initiatives that meet the current and growing needs of the communities that the Coalition works to assist statewide.

Continuing to develop long-term strategic partnerships with key local and statewide community partners to grow and expand programs and initiatives throughout the Commonwealth.

Increase partnerships locally and statewide with organizations that work in the areas of education, health, and housing to ensure that the Coalition’s systemic policy work can continue to meet the needs of the communities in which we work.

Strengthen and maintain an existing partnership with corporations, businesses, places of faith, school districts, local municipalities, community health centers and hospitals, public officials, non-profits, concerned individuals, and those that are living in poverty, experienced or currently experiencing homelessness.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Elizabeth Cheng

WGBH

Term: 1993 -

Michael Gardener

Mintz, Levin, Cohen, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C.

Elizabeth Cheng

WGBH

Dianne Hills

My Brother's Table

Jeff Dickinson

East Boston Savings Bank

Bill Gehan

Campion and Company Real Estate

Debra Lee Surface

Salem State University

Matt Nagler

The Nagler Group

Wendy Payne

Film Consultant

William McCarter

Law Office of William McCarter

Guiseppe Scianatico

Salem Five

Melissa Rousselle

Museum of Science

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/10/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data