119 HIGH STREET, MYSTIC, CT 06355
The current economic crisis means that this is a difficult time in America. These tough times take a toll on us all, but even more so on our neighbors who are just getting by from paycheck to paycheck.
Connecticut is the 6th most expensive state in the U.S. for housing: these high costs mean that a family with only one, full-time, minimum wage income pays nearly 3/4 of their household income for rent and utilities alone. The accepted standard for affordability of housing is that 1/3 of a family’s income goes toward housing costs. When a family is forced to pay a higher percentage of income for housing, they have little or no room to save money to cushion the blow of a crisis. Loss of a job, an expensive car repair, even a small drop in hours at work can mean that such a family cannot pay the rent, and is confronted with the prospect of homelessness.
The trauma and dislocation of homelessness is difficult for anyone who must experience it. Studies show that homelessness is particularly damaging to children, impacting their well being, ability to learn, and physical health. Some of these effects may have life-long consequences.
Since 1999, MASH has provided emergency shelter and services to over 1,000 children and parents in our community who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. MASH seeks to employ best practices based on national research regarding the most effective ways to end homelessness. Our aim is to treat each family with dignity and respect, while helping to resolve each case of homelessness in the most effective and efficient way. We cooperate closely with state and local government agencies, other non-profits, faith communities, local businesses and volunteers to do the most and best work we can with every dollar at our disposal to combat this important problem.
Thank you for visiting the MASH website. Please consider making a contribution to help MASH help families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Lisa Tepper Bates