Housing First program

Amherst Community Connections is proud to announce that it has received a three-year grant in the amount of $150,000 from the Town of Amherst, Community Preservation Act Committee (CPA). This grant has be utilized to begin a Housing First Program. The grant is providing three (3) chronically homeless Amherst residents with a housing voucher that includes wrap-around supportive services.

The purpose of ACC’s Housing First program is to empower, advocate for, and assist the program participants to become self-sufficient, and become integrated into the larger community, eventually residing in long term permanent housing.

What is Housing First? Housing First is a program built around the philosophy that everyone deserves housing and that the only way to end homelessness is to start with housing. How can one get a job if they have nowhere to sleep at night? No place to shower? To eat, do laundry, etc.? Imagine having all of these necessities pulled out from under you and being expected to fix it yourself.

Housing First has been implemented across the country, including in Springfield, to help end chronic homelessness. ACC firmly believes that housing is the solution to homelessness and we hope that this program is the first step towards ending homelessness in Amherst!

For more information on eligibility and the application process please click HERE, for the intake form please click HERE.

If interested, please apply! Thank you!

 

Read about our success so far with the program in april's issue of "what's up", our monthly newsletter, found here!