The On Solid Ground Coalition (OSG) is a diverse group of partners committed to improving housing stability and economic mobility for families living in Massachusetts through cross-sector research, evidence-informed advocacy, and family engagement. OSG is jointly led by the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, Center for Social Policy and Homes for Families.
On any given night in Massachusetts, more than 13,000 individuals in families experience homelessness, approximately 60% of them are children. Since 2008, Massachusetts has experienced one of the largest increases in family homelessness in the country. By focusing on housing and economic stability, instead of the short-term goal of reducing shelter numbers, thousands of families can avoid the need for shelter, and re-entry into shelter.
OSG takes effort to foster partnerships between low-income families, service providers, employers, property owners, federal and state government, and philanthropic communities. The Coalition aims for a collaborative approach and a system coordination strategy that will increase the number of families who are on solid ground.
Abhidnya Kurve, Policy Coordinator
–Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
–Center for Social Policy (CSP)
–Children’s HealthWatch (CHW)
–Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath)
–Homes for Families (HFF)
–Horizons for Homeless Children
–Jane Doe Inc.
–Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI)
–Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA)
–Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts
-Meshell Whyte, On Solid Ground Family Engagement Council
Full Coalition Members:
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