In 1985 the Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC) was created by the local community’s grassroots response to the social crisis of homelessness. Neighbors, community activists, university students, faith-based leaders, business supporters and city officials united to address the escalating problem of homelessness within Somerville. These collaborative efforts resulted in the opening of the city’s first emergency shelter and the establishment of SHC.
Today, SHC transforms lives by providing services, support, resources and housing to well over 600 men, women, and children.
SHC’s emergency response programs include an Adult Shelter, Family Shelter, Food Program & one-on-one Case Management Services. SHC is also an innovator in the realm of “Housing First.” These housing programs involve Homeless Prevention and providing Affordable Housing with home-based Supportive Services to the most at-risk homeless individuals and families in the community.
The mission of the Somerville Homeless Coalition is to provide homeless and near homeless individuals and families with individualized supportive services and tailored housing solutions with a goal of obtaining and maintaining affordable housing.
Help people gain access to permanent housing
Utilize SHC shelters as a short term program to triage, assess and stabilize families and individuals in crisis.
Utilize their case management and expand their prevention programs to help people live as independently as possible.
Develop innovative programs to reduce the need for emergency systems of care in the community.
Build alliances with affordable housing providers and other organizations that serve homeless individuals and families.
They treat all people with dignity and respect, always with the understanding that they are part of one community
They are community leaders and advocates for homeless people and people at risk of homelessness.
They are committed to innovation and best practices in their programs.
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