Homeless Prevention and Stabilization Programs
Housing Families’ Eviction Prevention, Housing Stabilization, and Helping Homes programs help families address their personal challenges and help them become better tenants. The programs’ ultimate goal is keeping families housed. The programs move Housing Families one step closer to its goal of ending family homelessness.
As of June 30, 2017, there were 3,545 homeless families in Massachusetts living in the Emergency Assistance shelter program. This does not include families who are doubled up, living in unsafe conditions, or sleeping in their cars.*
It costs more than $34,000 per year to house a family in a state-run shelter. As such, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Transitional Assistance supports prevention efforts as key to solving the epidemic of family homelessness in Massachusetts.
Keeping Families Housed – Eviction Prevention Program
The Eviction Prevention Program pairs case managers with families to resolve landlord disputes and prevent evictions.
Since its start, the Eviction Prevention Program has prevented more than 895 evictions at an average cost of $2,200 per family, potentially saving tax payers $37,800 by avoiding emergency shelter. The Eviction Prevention Program has been recognized for its unique approach by the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Overcoming Homelessness – The Housing Stabilization Program
The Housing Stabilization Program helps formerly homeless families to successfully retain long-term, affordable housing.
Case managers work with families to become active members of their community. Case managers also help families to find resources to increase their income, find social subsidy benefits, and connect to community health and wellness providers.
Helping Families with Disabilities – Helping Homes Program
The Helping Homes Program provides housing and support for families with disabilities. These families face significant challenges, including physical disabilities, mental disabilities, substance abuse issues, and criminal records.
The Helping Homes Program is keeping families housed by working with families to address their challenges and build their skills and resource to become better tenants.