The pandemic- and this region’s extraordinary response- has led to unprecedented resources to combat homelessness. Please join federal, state, and local officials, along with Network partners across our four western counties, as we examine homelessness and the opportunities to end it.
Learn about the recently opened Safe Havens program in Greenfield serving residents of both Franklin and Hampshire counties, featuring:
*Dan Sontag, Greenfield Site Director, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
*Jennifer LaRoche, Vice-President, Acute & Day Programs, Clinic & Support Options (CSO)
*Kristin Smith, Greenfield Director of Crisis Services, Clinical & Support Options (CSO)
*Toni Diaz, Program Director, Safe Havens, Franklin County
Register for this free event, here.
According to the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, “Safe Havens are a “Housing First,” supportive housing model that provides an alternative to shelter placement. The program is designed to serve hard-to-reach individuals who are chronically unhoused and often have disabling mental health and substance use conditions. Safe Havens serve a population that is chronically homeless, often with significant behavioral health conditions. They’re among the highest users of emergency departments, hospital beds, and emergency medical services, and have high rates of involvement with police and the justice system. Many have not been well served by the shelter system, due to past histories of trauma and safety concerns.”
This session is co-hosted by the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region and the North Quabbin Community Coalition.
Register for our free peer learning summit! We will bring together service providers, treatment providers, housing and homeless providers, and others working at the intersection of housing and substance use, to reflect and learn about strategies to support populations who are unhoused and/or using drugs. Through keynote presentations and small breakout presentations, we will spend our time together processing and learning about housing first models, approaches to addressing chronic homelessness, and thinking critically about sustainable models that can lead to long-term housing for people who use drugs.
This summit will take place on Zoom Wednesday, March 30th from 9:30am-12:30pm. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at [email protected]
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