Housing means more than just a roof and a bed for our program participants. As you’ll read in this report, housing brings the stability needed to raise a family, to pursue an education, to start a career, to make healthier decisions, and to live a happier life.
For our most vulnerable neighbors, housing brings hope when it’s needed most.
We wouldn’t be able to provide that hope without the generous support from donors, volunteers, and community partners. Together, we’ve been able to respond to our region’s affordable housing crisis with compassionate and cost-effective solutions.
Rising housing costs have contributed to sharp increases in the number of individuals and families coming to our emergency shelters desperate for help.
With your support, we’ve successfully implemented a new service-delivery model that is more efficiently connecting our participants with the resources needed to exit shelter faster or avoid it altogether, as well as access other systems of care.
We believe that housing is the answer to homelessness. That is why we continue to pursue our vision of transitioning our overnight emergency shelter system into a Housing Resource Center, where individuals receive the daytime support and services needed to end their homelessness, not just manage it.
As we look toward the future, you will continue to play a key role in our mission. We know there are obstacles ahead, but we’re blessed to be part of a community that cares — a community that believes nobody should be homeless.
Maureen never thought she’d wind up homeless. But in 2019 she spent several months sleeping outside and in her car before coming to Father Bill’s Place in Quincy.
Due to her hard work and thanks to your support, Maureen now has a place to call home. “It’s amazing,” she said. “I always wanted a little white house with a white picket fence and to be right on the beach, and here I am.”
Your generosity allows us to help families, like Briany and Britney, end their homelessness and enter housing. Since 2016, the mother and daughter have lived at Patti’s House, one of our newest permanent supportive housing properties in Brockton.
“She has her own room now, so she gets to have her own space to play and express herself,” Briany said of Britney.
Mike, a Navy veteran, was on the verge of losing hope before he entered Father Bill’s Place in Quincy, where he turned his life around. He was one of 356 veterans assisted by FBMS in FY19.
Today, Mike lives in FBMS housing, is working two jobs, exercising, eating right, and he no longer drinks or smokes. “I feel like I’m 17 again,” he said.
FBMS is committed to ending and preventing homelessness in Southern Massachusetts with a range of programs that provide emergency and permanent housing and help people obtain skills, jobs, housing, and supportive services. We help people who are struggling with homelessness or are at risk of homelessness achieve self-sufficiency.