The Homeless Service Provider Network’s mission is to advocate on behalf of homeless individuals by enlisting the cooperation of homeless providers, to improve the accessibility of existing public resources, to maintain statistical data on the homeless population, and to provide supportive services and empowerment strategies to allow these individuals to be integrated into the community through a compassionate Continuum of Care. The HSPN is committed to the concept that each person is entitled to live in dignity.
A 2017 signed pledge of commitment to participate in the HSPN and acceptance of the membership request by the HSPN’s Executive Committee serves as the basis of membership in the HSPN.
Active membership allows member agencies/organizations a voice in the decision making progress for issues brought before the HSPN. These issues presented to the group may include the identification of homeless needs and the prioritization of projects for the annual Continuum of Care application. Active membership also allows the opportunity for access to federal homelessness funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that are administered by the City of New Bedford’s Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development for qualified, eligible applicants.
The HSPN meets the third Thursday of every month at the Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development’s office on the second floor of the Anthony S. Catojo Building (Art Museum) at 608 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740.