July 18, 2019
Erin Bradley Is Now Exec. Dir. of Somerville Homeless Coalition

Erin Bradley
August 31, 2018 — The Somerville Homeless Coalition, a nonprofit that helps homeless and near-homeless families and individuals in the city and surrounding towns access and maintain safe, affordable, permanent housing, recently announced that Erin G. Bradley has been appointed executive director.

Bradley succeeds Mark Alston-Follansbee, who retired June 30 after serving as executive director for nearly 18 years.

Tom White, board president of the Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC), said, "The board selected Erin because of her prior experience as an executive director where she grew her organization substantially and successfully, and her passion and dedication for helping people.

"We selected her to lead SHC as we work to grow and serve more homeless, near homeless, and hungry families in Somerville and the neighboring communities."

Prior to joining SHC, Bradley most recently served for six years as executive director of the Children’s League of Massachusetts, a statewide agency advocating on behalf of children and families in the care or custody of the state.

In that capacity, she doubled the agency size, in terms of the number of providers in the network and its operating budget. The agency was instrumental in getting numerous bills passed to protect and benefit children and families in need, including reform of Child in Need of Services in 2012 to what is now known as Children Requiring Assistance.

Earlier, she worked as a policy director for Massachusetts Sen. Karen Spilka, now the incoming Massachusetts Senate President.

“In today’s trying times, as more and more people are faced with keeping a roof over their heads and food on their tables, I came to the Somerville Homeless Coalition with a desire to expand services to help more people so that choice doesn’t have to be made,” said Bradley.

Bradley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from Campbell University and a graduate certificate in women in politics and public policy from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Founded in 1985,SHC today operates two shelters, one for adults and another for families, provides case management services to homeless people in and out of their shelters, manages dozens of supportive housing apartments for formerly homeless people, provides homeless prevention services, and operates a food pantry and meals program, called Project SOUP. In 2017, the agency served over 2,400 people, including 829 children.

In February, SHC was awarded $1,399,079 in federal grant funding to provide permanent supportive housing and transitional housing for homeless individuals and families.

For the year ending June 30, 2017, SHC reported $3.18 million in revenue, of which $3.03 million came from contributions and grants, and $3.03 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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