FamilyAid Boston | Newsletter 2015
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Home for the Holidays

Now in its 13th year, Home for the Holidays is our annual fundraiser benefiting  FamilyAid Boston's 24/7 emergency shelter program for homeless families. This year's reception will honor Representative Kevin G. Honan, with invited special guest Mayor Martin J. Walsh. 

We hope you'll join us for an evening of  hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and live music to celebrate the season and help homeless families in Boston.

Event Details:
December 10, 2015
5:00-7:30 p.m.
The Parkman House
33 Beacon St., Boston

Partner Feature:
FamilyAid Boston's work would not be possible without the support of our foundation and corporate partners. One such partner who has had a tremendous impact on our work over the past two years is BNY Mellon. BNY Mellon supports the Family Emergency Solutions program through a grant from the Alice P. Chase Trust, and recently awarded FamilyAid Boston a grant to provide professional development training for managers.
BNY Mellon is not only a provider of funds, they are a true partner in our work, providing us with a wide range of resources, ideas, and professional development opportunities. Kendra Wotkyns, BNY Mellon's Vice President of Community Relations, says of the partnership: "BNY Mellon is proud to partner with FamilyAid Boston. Through Family Emergency Solutions they make sure that each family is housed and receives intensive case management from social workers designed to return them to permanent housing as quickly as possible. This is so important, especially when there has been a 25% increase in the number of homeless families in Boston since last year.
Myth vs. Fact 

November 14th-22nd marks the annual National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, a week during which we're encouraged to take action to help eradicate homelessness once and for all. 
Despite the great work already being done, there still exist a number of misconceptions about the homeless population. Below are five common myths, and the truth behind them:

Myth: Homelessness is not a housing problem, it's a jobs problem. 
Fact: While it's often believed that homeless individuals are simply unwilling to work, the truth is that many states are severely lacking in affordable housing. In Massachusetts, parents need to earn $24.05 per hour (more than twice the state's $9 per hour minimum wage) to afford an average 2-bedroom apartment. This leaves many families only a medical emergency, car accident, or missed paycheck away from a financial crisis resulting in homelessness.

Myth: Most homeless people live on the streets.
Fact: According to a 2014 survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, approximately 69% of homeless Americans lived in shelters. Many others spend nights doubled up on the floors and couches of friends and family, or in their cars. 

Myth: The majority of homeless people are single men. 
Fact: Homeless individuals span the demographics of our country, including men, women, children, families, and workers. In the City of Boston, there are currently more than 1,500 homeless families, a 25% increase from last year. As of March of 2015, there were approximately 4,500 families with children in Massachusetts' state shelters, including nearly 1,500 being sheltered in motels.

Myth: Homelessness is always linked to substance abuse and/or mental illness.
Fact: While serious mental illness is more common among the homeless (1 in 4 sheltered homeless individuals in 2010), the most commonly cited causes of homelessness are lack of affordable housing, unemployment, and poverty. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about one third of sheltered homeless adults had a chronic substance abuse issue in 2010.

Myth: Homelessness is an issue that can never be solved.
Fact: A number of solutions to homelessness have been tested and proven to be effective. Federal housing vouchers and other methods of targeted affordable housing assistance have been successful in reducing family homelessness in a number of cities. Additionally, living-wage jobs and access to support services, such as health care and affordable childcare, are effective in keeping low-income families in stable housing.
The Holidays are Just Around the Corner!

The chill in the air reminds us that we are well on our way into winter and the much-anticipated holiday season.  Though this time of year is one full of joy, for many families across Boston it presents a number of challenges. 

Every parent wants to provide their children with a happy holiday season. However, the cost of gifts combined with increased winter utility bills often creates a strain for parents who are struggling financially. This burden only adds to the stress parents face in trying to find safe, secure, and affordable housing for their families.  

We are grateful to have the support of individuals like you as we help families obtain stable housing this holiday season. 

Thank you,

Richard E. Ring
2015 Annual Report

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