To ensure housing stability to strengthen families


To achieve housing equity and wellbeing for all


To ensure housing stability to strengthen families, individuals, and communities


To achieve housing equity and wellbeing for all

Our Story

At Housing Families, we are a nonprofit organization working to achieve housing equity and well-being for all.

Our roots began in 1986 when local community members created an organization to address the crisis of homelessness in the Greater Boston cities of Malden, Medford, and Everett.

Since our inception, we’ve expanded our services to include homeless shelters and housing stabilization programs, academic services, free legal services, and therapy and counseling, among other services. Additionally, our nonprofit operates a housing stabilization program, and has grown into one of the largest operators of affordable housing for homeless and very low-income families in Massachusetts.

Our Leadership

Tom Santry

Director, Property

Jayna Stafford, Esq.

Director, Homelessness Prevention and Legal Services

Cheryl Y Williams, MA

Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)

Amanda Sagarin, LICSW

Director, Permanent Supportive Housing and Intensive Case Management

Our Board

Dave Barbato

Board Position: President

President & CEOTalent Retriever LLC

Ann Chen Wu, MD, MPH

Board Position: Vice President

Associate Professor of Population MedicineHarvard Medical School

Brian Slater

Board Position: Treasurer

Senior Vice President – OceanFirst Bank

Priya Amar, Esq.

Masters in Education Candidate

Executive Director of OperationsAnchor Line Partners, LLC

Managing DirectorCIBC Private Wealth Management US

Director of People StrategiesBOND Brothers

Founder & CEONickerson People Relations LLC

Owner/Broker – Davenport Realty

Vice President, Home Therapies Products – Fresenius Medical Care North America

Former Vice PresidentBell Atlantic Corporation

Buyer and Seller’s Agent – Leading Edge Real Estate

Principal – Heine Goodale Law

Vice President, Residential Lending ManagerStoneham Bank

Our Generous Supporters

Thank you to our generous partners.

Get Involved

At Housing Families, there are many ways to become part of our community by giving the gift of your time and skills. Our volunteers make it possible for us to work with thousands of families and individuals who utilize our nonprofit services and programs. All volunteers will receive extensive training and support to ensure their experience is positive, enjoyable, and productive. No experience is necessary. Opportunities include:

  • Tutoring, childcare, and therapeutic services
  • Administrative services, event preparation, and fundraising assistance
  • Landscaping, painting, and housing unit maintenance