Preventing Homelessness: Success Stories

WED, JUN 22, 2005 (1:59:11)

A panel discusses how Massachusetts is attempting to move from managing the problem of homelessness, to identifying ways of eliminating it altogether. Success in eliminating the use of motels for emergency shelter signaled it was a good time to strengthen and expand successful efforts to maintain housing stability for both individuals and families, in order to prevent homelessness in the first place.

+ BIO: Paul Grogan

Paul Grogan is the president and chief executive officer of the Boston Foundation. Previously, Paul served as vice president for Government, Community and Public Affairs at Harvard University, where he oversaw all government relations for Harvard, relations with Harvard’s host communities of Cambridge and Boston, and the Harvard news office. He was also a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, Paul also created a new national organization, CEOs for Cities, comprised of large city mayors, business leaders, university presidents and foundation executives. Paul has also served as President and CEO of the nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development intermediary. During his term as president, LISC raised and invested more than $3 billion of private capital in inner-city revitalization efforts across America, channeled through local nonprofit community development corporations. He is a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, founder and a director of the for-profit company, the Community Development Trust, and a director of New Profit, Inc.

+ BIO: Martha Burt

Martha Burt is the director of the Social Services Research Program at the Urban Institute. She has been involved in research and evaluation pertaining to a wide variety of populations and issues. Her work has included the first national survey of homeless individuals, conducted in 1987. She is the author of a number of books and reports on homelessness and of the federal report based on the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients.

+ BIO: John Wagner

John A. Wagner was appointed Director of the California Department of Social Services by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in April 2007. With nearly two decades of experience in human services, he has served as senior policymaker and advisor to six gubernatorial administrations in Wisconsin and Massachusetts. Previous to his appointment, Dir. Wagner served as assistant secretary for children, youth and families for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, where he coordinated policies and programs for the Office of Children, Youth and Families with other state agencies. Director Wagner also served as commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, where he led one the state’s largest agencies and oversaw the administration of cash assistance, shelter and food programs serving poor and low-income residents. Director Wagner earned a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University.

+ BIO: Brian A. Joyce

Senator Brian A. Joyce is serving his sixth term in the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth districts. Senator Joyce is the Senate Chair of the Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development as well as the Senate Vice Chair of the Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditure and State Assets, the Senate Vice Chair of the Revenue Committee, and the Senate Vice Chair of the Community Development and Small Business Committee. Prior to joining the Senate, Senator Joyce served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as the 7th Norfolk District State Representative for the towns of Milton and Randolph. Joyce was elected President of his legislative class, representing 32 new Senators and Representatives. A 1984 graduate of the Boston College School of Management and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review, Senator Joyce is a practicing attorney who has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

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