Children Caught in Family Homelessness:
How They are Hurt and How We Can Help

Thirteenth Annual Forum on Family Homelessness
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 3:00-5:00 PM

First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA

Sponsors: Advocacy Network to End Family Homelessness, Cooperative
Metropolitan Ministries (CMM), Massachusetts Coalition for the

Family homelessness remains at very high levels in Mass. due to the high cost of living and the scarcity of low-income and affordable housing. Currently, over 3,580 families are in shelters nightly throughout the state. This year’s Forum focuses on the impact of homelessness on children’s overall health and development.

  • Average shelter stay for families in Massachusetts is now 253 days. Signs of depression generally begin to appear after 90 days.
  • Children experiencing housing insecurity are 50% more likely to be in poor health and 70% more at risk of developmental problems than their housed peers.
  • Since 2012, our state government has each year required about 650
    otherwise-eligible families to prove that they have spent at least one
    night in a place not fit for human habitation before acceptance to

This policy needs to end and your advocacy can make it happen. Come and find out how!


Dr. Megan Sandel, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at Boston Medical Center and a nationally recognized expert on housing and child health. Dr. Sandel will speak on the effects of unstable housing and homelessness on children and their caregivers.

Carl Howell, Division Director of Housing and Homeless Services for Community Teamwork in Lowell. Mr. Howell will talk about the challenges for families moving in and out of shelter.


Kelly Turley, Associate Director, Mass Coalition for the Homeless. Ms. Turley will discuss ways to become involved in current legislative advocacy efforts to better support families experiencing homelessness.

Area legislators will be available for informal discussions.



Homelessness prevention organizations will also attend. Come browse their information and displays.