Many people facing homelessness also have low incomes and/or are dealing with serious issues such as addiction or alcoholism, mental health, HIV/AIDS, or challenges such as intellectual disabilities or mobility or sensory impairments.
In addition to helping them find housing, we work to connect them with job training, life skills training, alcohol and drug abuse programs, and community support services (for example, child care and educational programs).
Getting people out of emergency shelters and back into the community results in reductions in the use of shelter, ambulance, police/jail, health care, emergency room, behavior health, and other service costs. Supportive housing benefits communities by improving the safety of neighborhoods, beautifying city blocks with new or rehabilitated properties, and increasing or stabilizing property values.
Support from HUD’s McKinney-Vento Continuum of Care and HOPWA programs makes our efforts possible.
The City of Boston monitors homelessness and reports its findings in a number of different ways. Our primary tool used to collect data relative to homelessness, comes from the Homeless Management Information System or HMIS.
Through the data collected from the HMIS, the City can then use this comprehensive information to generate reports such as the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (see below) and the Annual Homeless Census.
Finally, the HMIS data is also compiled into graphs and charts that are helpful to visually deliver the need for attention to Boston’s homeless population as found in An Action Plan to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in Boston.