Homes for Families Leadership


Libby Hayes, Executive Director

She has served as the agency's director since November of 2007. She became involved with Homes for Families in 2005 as a member of their Public Policy Committee and as an Advocacy Liaison while serving as executive director of Crossroads Family Shelter in East Boston. Libby has a certificate from the Institute of Nonprofit Management and Leadership, a degree in social work from Northern Arizona University, and served as a community health promoter in rural Nicaragua while in the Peace Corps. She has served on the state's advisory boards to the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness, and the Joint Committee on Housing/Homelessness and Sexual Abuse/Domestic Violence and the Department of Transitional Assistance's Boston Offices and the City of Boston's Leadership Council for the Regional Network to End Homelessness, and was a LeadBoston participant in 2014.

Nilaya Montalvo, Deputy Director

Nilaya joined Homes for Families as a community organizer in 2006 after having to access the family shelter system as a result of the combination of high market rents and domestic violence. Once a participant in the Public Policy Series, Nilaya went on to work with families across the state on influencing policy as well as working with providers and other stakeholders to continue to improve the way Massachusetts responds to family homelessness. Now the Deputy Director she continues to seek opportunities for families, providers, elected officials and members of cities and towns across the Commonwealth to work together towards a solution to family homelessness.

Elizabeth Peck, Director of Operations and Member Engagement

Liz has well over a decade of experience working in public policy and is a passionate advocate for families and social justice issues. Liz joined Homes for Families in 2016 and before that was Public Policy Director at the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy for 8 years working on issues ranging from child care to homelessness, education and sexual health. She also served as Interim Executive Director at the Alliance in 2014. Liz believes deeply in the power and resiliency of families and that meaningful and effective policies can only exist when shaped by families and service providers. Liz started her professional career at Abt Associates, a public policy research firm, in the social and economic policy division. Liz holds a Masters in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a certificate in public health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at JHU.

Ian Whitney, Community Organizer

Ian joined Homes for Families in 2017, and is passionate about using data and research in efforts to improve families' lives and guide effective policy. Ian began doing research in the non-profit sector in 2016, working as a Stone Scholar Research Fellow for the Boston Tenant Coalition, a policy advocacy organization that organizes around affordable housing and tenant rights in Boston. Ian holds a degree in Community Development & Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and previously worked as an intern for the Boston Planning & Development Agency.


Homes for Families also relies on the support of :
Interns from Lasell College and Salem State University,

the Consumer Advocacy Team,

the Policy Action Team,

And our members in the provider community.

Board of Directors

At least 50% of our Board of Directors have been homeless or at risk of homelessness. Additional board members are all deeply involved in the homeless service field, representing different shelter, housing, and workforce agencies throughout the state of Massachusetts. We rely our on board members for their lived experience and wisdom in keeping HFF's voice strong, community-centered, and unwaivering. This unique design is consistent, intentional, and effective.

Consumer Advocacy Team

Our Consumer Advocacy Team (CAT) is a group of passionate and powerful parents, each of who have experienced homelessness, poverty and systemic barriers and because of it are committed to strengthening the movement to end family homelessness. Our CATs have gone through a Public Policy training series and meet monthly to receive and give updates on current issues, provide input and feedback that continuously shape our policy and programmatic agenda, and drive our organization and vision forward to ensure that there are appropriate support systems for vulnerable families across Massachusetts.

While the CATs strategize at these monthly meetings, their children also come together as the Awesome Everybody Club to share ideas on how to spread their awesome out into the world, brainstorm ways to help adults understand them, and most importantly, have seriously serious dance parties.

Our board, CATs and kittens are the heart and soul of Homes for Families and what makes our work powerful and possible.

We thank you for your humor, your resiliency and your willingness to share your stories with the world.



photograph of woman and child in front of the State House

"I am now on a mission to fix the system that broke my family and many others like mine."