Task Force for Sustaining Housing First Solutions

The City Manager's Task Force for Sustaining Housing First Solutions will undertake an in-depth examination of Worcester's community needs and resources in addressing adult chronic homelessness from March to June 2018; ultimately developing a plan to employ the actions and resources necessary to sustain a long-term system of permanent supportive housing within the City of Worcester. Barbara Poppe, a consultant with expertise in developing and structuring the components of such a plan has been invited to guide this process.

Task Force Report and Final Recommendations

Housing First as Strategy

The foremost challenge before the Task Force is to reenergize the "Housing First" approach that targets chronic homeless persons on the streets, in encampments or in shelters for the appropriate level of supportive housing necessary to keep them sufficiently housed within the community.

Task Force Objective

To develop and recommend a plan based on the evidenced-based "Housing First" strategy, which includes engaging the appropriate community infrastructure necessary to support and sustain a long-term system of permanent supportive housing within the City of Worcester. Three committees are tasked with the gathering of specific information regarding data, affordable housing, case management and supportive services; providing detailed, actionable recommendations to the City Manager on each key element towards implementation.

Public Participation

Members of the public are invited to submit comments and questions electronically via the following feedback form. NOTE: If you would like to be contacted regarding your comment, be sure to leave your email address with your comment/question:


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