Bank of America, Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), HomeStart, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and Merrimack Valley have officially launched the South Shore expansion of The Renew Collaborative, a program developed by HomeStart, and supported by services provided by Father Bill’s & MainSpring. The program aims to prevent homelessness in Massachusetts by significantly reducing eviction rates for nonpayment of rent.
According to the Eviction Lab, in 2016 there were 2,300 eviction filings for nonpayment of rent in the South Shore communities of Brockton, Quincy, Braintree, Weymouth, and Randolph. Through the expanded Renew Collaborative model, short-term intensive case management will now be available to low-income families in Brockton, Fall River, and Quincy who are facing non-payment eviction and are on the brink of homelessness.
“We have an opportunity to permanently end all episodes of homelessness by way of non-payment eviction for Massachusetts’s working poor and families with subsidies,” said Matthew Pritchard, President and Executive Director of HomeStart.
The Renew Collaborative brings tenants and landlords to the table as part of the solution and reduces costs for state and city social services. Beyond immediate cost savings, stability in housing strengthens communities, supports educational achievement, fosters the opportunity for more productive lives, and protects families from a poverty spiral that has real implications on the mobility of the next generation.
“For more than a century, CJP has been dedicated to supporting the vulnerable members of our community and the broader world. This fundamental value is deeply rooted in our Jewish tradition, which teaches that it is not enough for us to just take care of our own,” said Rabbi Marc Baker, president and chief executive officer of CJP. “In coming together with our local partners to expand the Renew Collaborative program we are working to address the root cause of homelessness before families are in crisis.