Homelessness continues to be a very significant concern in Amherst. Recent news reports, as well as informal conversations, indicate that individuals who are homeless have difficulty finding a safe and appropriate place to be at night now that Craig’s Place has closed. Furthermore, they experience other difficulties during the day, as well. While there is discussion among small groups and among individuals, there is no place to discuss what persons who are homeless need and how best to assure that appropriate resources are available within our community.
In collaboration with the Town of Amherst and the Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, the Amherst Housing and Sheltering Committee is sponsoring a community forum on homelessness. Our goals are to develop a broadly shared understanding of the scope of homelessness in our community right now and then develop a sound and coordinated strategy on how to address current issues. Part of this discussion includes how Amherst fits into the region and neighboring communities to better understand context and available resources and opportunities.
- Amherst Housing and Sheltering Committee
- Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, and
- Amherst Town Government