The Advocacy Network to End Family Homelessness (ANEFH) was formed in response to the low-income housing and homelessness crisis in Massachusetts. Our organization – which represents nearly 900 online advocates – is committed to eliminating the root causes and adverse consequences of family homelessness through public education and advocacy.

Through the efforts of the Baker Administration and advocacy groups such as The Advocacy Network to End Family Homelessness, the number of homeless families in Massachusetts has declined in recent months, though still at historic levels. According to data collected by the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless:

  • On September 30, 2017, there were 3,580 families with children and pregnant women in Massachusetts’ Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter program. 51 of these families with children were being sheltered in motels. (The number has since increased to 53 families in motels as of December 12, 2017.) This number does not count those families who are doubled up, living in unsafe conditions, or sleeping in their cars.
  • During state fiscal year 2017, 4,860 families were assisted with emergency shelter and/or HomeBASE diversion assistance, out of the 9,124 families who completed applications for assistance. 3,314 families were denied assistance (47% denial rate, as reported by DHCD).
  • In the 2016-2017 academic year, public schools across Massachusetts were able to identify and serve 21,112 students who were experiencing homelessness. This is a slight decrease from the 2015-2016 academic year total of 21,226 students who were experiencing homelessness students who were experiencing homelessness.

For a concerned state legislator’s perspective, see Massachusetts State Senator Jamie Eldridge’s video describing ANEFH at Massachusetts State Senator Jamie Eldridge speaks about ANEFH.

For more information about the Advocacy Network to End Family Homelessness, contact Frank Austin, ANEFH Convener, or Jane Blumberg, ANEFH Coordinator, at



  • If you would like to sign up for ANEFH communications including legislative email alerts, please use this form.
  • Emergency Assistance Guide for Families” from Mass. Law Reform Institute & Rosie’s Place,   June 2014,  provides a step-by-step process to  get help. Available in English and Spanish.