Housing the Homeless: From Crisis to Shelter to Home

Belmont, MA – On April 24, 2016, MHSA will be participating in the Tricommunity Coalition to End Homelessness' second annual forum on housing and homelessness. In addition to assisting in the forum's planning over the past several months, MHSA will participate as an exhibitor on the day of the event.

MHSA's Chief Executive Officer, Robert Mills, will also be making a presentation as one of the forum's official panelists, alongside Chrystal Kornegay, keynote speaker and Undersecretary of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

For more information on the forum, titled "Housing the Homeless: From Crisis to Shelter to Home," please take a look at the event flyer by clicking here.

The forum is open to the public at no cost and will be held as follows:


St. Joseph Parish Hall

130 Common St.

Belmont, MA 02478

Date: Sunday, April 24, 2016

Time: 1:30pm until 3:30pm (doors open at 1:00pm)

From the Tricommunity Coalition to End Homelessness:

The Tricommunity Coalition to End Homelessness is sponsoring its second annual forum on issues facing the homeless. This year’s event will explore housing initiatives in the communities of Belmont, Waltham and Watertown. Supported by local civic and religious organizations, the event focuses attention on the realities of housing costs and limits on housing units in these towns.

The Forum will be held on Sunday, April 24th from 1:30 to 3:30pm at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 130 Common Street, Belmont. Doors will open at 1:00 pm for refreshments and an opportunity to meet with representatives from more than a dozen organizations that serve the homeless in our communities who will staff exhibits and provide information on their work. Attendees will be invited to Take Action by supporting specific projects and initiatives of these organizations, from volunteering to advocacy and other support.

Chrystal Kornegay, Undersecretary, MA Department of Housing and Community Development will be the keynote speaker. With over 20 years of experience in community development, Ms. Kornegay will highlight the current situation in affordable housing in Massachusetts. Representatives from local social service, housing and community organizations will discuss their programs. Speakers include:

  • Robert Mills, CEO, Middlesex Human Service Agency, Inc.

  • Brian Costello, Director of the Watertown Housing Authority

  • Ray Cowham, Case Manager at Bristol Lodge

  • Jennifer Van Campen, Executive Director, Metro West Collaborative Development, Invest in Watertown

  • Ellen Tan, President and CEO, Commonwealth Land Trust

  • Virginia Monroe, Board of Directors, WATCH CDC

  • Rachel Heller, Belmont Housing Trust

Local legislators Senator Will Brownsberger and Representatives Dave Rogers, Tom Stanley, and Jonathan Hecht will offer their perspectives on pending legislation and respond to questions from attendees.

The founding members of the Tricommunity Coalition include New Roads Catholic Community (the parishes of St. Joseph and St. Luke) and the Advocacy Network to End Family Homelessness.