Keeping Families Housed

Homelessness Prevention and Stabilization Programs

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Housing Families’ Eviction Prevention and Stabilization 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.

It costs an average of $42,705 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 1,156 evictions at an average cost of $2,200 per family, potentially saving tax payers $40,505 by avoiding homelessness. The Eviction Prevention Program has been recognized for its unique approach by the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Overcoming Homelessness – The Stabilization Program

The 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.