NSHAG Program Overview
The North Shore Housing Action Group (NSHAG) is financial assistance program that specifically focuses on the needs of 18-24 year olds that are experiencing housing instability. The program covers 30 cities in Essex county region. Eligible participants are able to receive temporary financial assistance in such things as move in cost, rental stipend, basic furniture, education/trade expenses, child-care, transportation and etc. The case management services support the young adults with housing search, employment, education, etc. The NSHAG program affiliates providers around the region such as the Lynn Shelter Association, The Haven Project, City of Lawrence Homelessness Initiative, YouForword, Action Inc., Younity, Lifebridge, nAGLY, and many more.
More about this program:
- Regional program to support youth and young adults experiencing homelessness
- Our vision is for all young adults in Essex County to have the tools, resources, and skills to thrive
- Housing stabilization
- Education and employment
- Basic needs and wellness
- Supportive network
- Youth and young adults have decision making power in the system of housing
- Leveraging state and local resources and funding
For more information, contact Brandy Rodriguez
The Massachusetts Youth Count is happening now!
The Massachusetts Youth Count is an annual survey that reveals the scope and needs of youth and young adults under the age of 25 who are unstably housed or experiencing homelessness. The Count process is also a mechanism to connect service providers with vulnerable youth to share resources with them and hear their voices.
The Count takes place over four weeks- from April 4th through May 5th. The survey is administered online and by service providers, Youth Ambassadors, and street outreach workers at drop-in centers, meal programs, programs for youth experiencing homelessness, and other places where young people congregate.