Many of their clients face other problems that contribute to homelessness. “In many cases it’s a domestic abuse situation. ... It will be something that causes a rift with the entire family, and they don’t want anything to do with the mom anymore. ... The moms really have nowhere to turn.”
The agency works with homeless families to help heal family rifts.
Citizens for Adequate Housing works from an annual budget of $1.7 million with all but $400,000 coming from the state. But Jackson stresses the importance of donations and rents as state funding has been dropping.
The organization has 31 employees, many working part time, creating the equivalent of 19 full-time positions. Jackson’s earns $83,000 a year.
He and his wife, Sarah, live in downtown Lynn. Jackson has a background as an actor, and was such a driving force in theater at Peabody High that there’s now an award given in his name.
Later, he helped form the Arts After Hours theater company in Lynn.
His favorite role was in “The Full Monty,” based on a film about unemployed workers performing as male strippers to earn money.
Unemployment is a theme that resonates, he indicates, when he sees so many people who are unable to find work in today's economy and end up homeless.