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Mission:
The mission of the Committee on Homelessness is to assist the design community to enhance the quality of life of Boston’s homeless population through advocacy, volunteering and pro bono project work.

Background:
Founded in 1986 by John Wilson, the BSA Task Force to End Homelessness has attracted design and related professionals to pro-bono projects for nearly 20 years. During this time an estimated 200 professionals had worked on more than 80 projects. After the Task Force disbanded, its activities have partially been taken over by a number of other community focused committees and organizations. It has however become clear that the needs of the homeless in the greater Boston area have indeed grown, and the issue of homelessness is as pressing, if not more pressing, than before.

New Initiative:
The Committee on Homelessness is currently entering its formation phase. This group will exclusively be focused on the issue of homelessness, and will align itself with a number of existing community and service oriented committees and groups in order to find ways to serve the homeless in the greater Boston area through advocacy, volunteering and pro bono project work. Those interested in becoming involved in this new initiative are invited to contact the committee chair for more information.

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Committee Chairs
Gerhard van der Linde AIA / homelessness.bsa@gmail.com
Rashmi Ramaswamy / rashmi@shedchicago.com

Updates

On Novembet 10th at 6pm Abby Harris from Y2Y Youth Shelter will be attending the committee meeting to share more about Y2Y...
Y2Y Harvard Square is the nation’s first student run homeless shelter for young adults, opening in the next 1-2 months...
Thank you for your interest in the Committee on Homelessness (a.k.a. Task Force to End Homelessness).  Please complete...

Past Events

May 25, 2017 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Empowering through Art The Committee on Homelessness at the BSA continues its series on examining different strategies to provide resources and...
May 9, 2017 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Empowering through Art The Committee on Homelessness at the BSA continues its series on examining different strategies to provide resources and...
March 28, 2017 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Designing for Better Health Outcomes for the Homeless The Committee on Homelessness will host the Boston Architectural College’s Ada Louise...
March 14, 2017 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Designing for Better Health Outcomes for the Homeless The Committee on Homelessness will host the Boston Architectural College’s Ada Louise...
January 10, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Housing First is a innovative approach to addressing homelessness which has found widespread acceptance in the country. It stems from the idea that the primary need for a person experiencing homelessness is to have a stable home, and to follow up supportive services and programs once the individual is housed, which is a reversal of traditional approaches to addressing homelessness. Housing First programs currently operate throughout the United States in cities such as New Orleans, Louisiana; Plattsburgh, New York; Anchorage, Alaska; Minneapolis, Minnesota; New York City; District of Columbia; Denver, Colorado; San Francisco, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Quincy, Massachusetts; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Salt Lake City, Utah; Seattle, Washington; Los Angeles; Austin, Texas; and Cleveland, Ohio among many others. There have been significantly favorable outcomes, including a 72% reduction in homelessness in Utah. The success of the program in both red states and blue states demonstrates is effectiveness in addressing the issue from the ground up.  

Come join the Committee on Homelessness to hear more about this innovative program.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LUs are available.

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