The Advocacy Network to End Family Homelessness (ANEFH) was formed in response to the worsening low income housing and homelessness crisis in Massachusetts and is committed to eliminating the root causes and adverse consequences of family homelessness through public education and advocacy.
Based in Concord and Acton, the Network also includes congregations, organizations and individuals from Sudbury, Wayland, Weston, Carlisle, Lincoln, Maynard, Stow, Boxborough, Harvard, Bedford, Lexington, Cambridge, Arlington, Waltham, Wellesley, Framingham, Natick, Peabody, Salem, Swampscott, and Lynn. The Network is a model for other areas and welcomes inquiries and members from all locales. For more information, contact Frank Austin, ANEFH Convener, at email@example.com.
ANEFH Advocacy and Education
Family Homelessness Advocacy The Advocacy Network to End Family Homelessness concentrates its advocacy efforts on key family homelessness prevention programs funded through the state budget. The Network’s advocacy is part of statewide efforts to promote adequate funding for the key lifeline programs. The Network is an advocacy model for congregations and other organizations in the Commonwealth that help eliminate family homelessness. The Network welcomes inquiries and members from all locales and offers them assistance and support in organizing forums and other activities. Network membership is free to individuals.
Alleviating homelessness greatly mitigates other pressing concerns homeless families confront. For example, having an address improves one’s chances of obtaining and keeping a job; having a home contributes to a child’s health and educational achievement; having a residence protects parents and children from stresses of dislocation and overwhelming uncertainties.
Family Homelessness Education Through its annual interfaith community forum, the Advocacy Network to End Family Homelessness promotes community awareness and education about family homelessness causes, consequences, and remedies for prevention.
The annual forum has been co-sponsored by congregations, schools, and community groups in over 17 communities, including Concord, Carlisle, Acton, Harvard, Stow, Maynard, Boxborough, Sudbury, Wayland, Weston, Lincoln, Bedford, Lexington, Waltham, Arlington, Cambridge, Framingham, Wellesley, and Natick.
As a result of calls and letters from members of The Network’s Advocacy Alert List, area lawmakers added Network programs to their priority lists and tallied more phone messages than they had ever received on homeless prevention issues. Sharing our opinions about the importance of adequate financial support for the programs made a difference in the final dollar amounts allocated to them in state budgets.