For Immediate Release - July 10, 2013

Patrick Administration Announces Funds to Combat Homelessness

$4 million for emergency shelter, rehousing and prevention programs

BOSTON – Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - The Patrick Administration’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) today announced $4 million in federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds to combat homelessness in the Commonwealth. The funds will support emergency shelters, rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention programs for individuals and families. Additionally, the funds will support the creation of emergency shelter units for families fleeing domestic violence.

“Governor Patrick and this Administration has laid out an ambitious agenda of preventing and ending homelessness in the Commonwealth,” said Aaron Gornstein, Undersecretary for the Department of Housing and Community Development and Chair of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness. “We thank the Obama Administration and our Congressional delegation for this critical funding which will help us to continue aggressively working towards ending homelessness and ensuring individuals and families receive the emergency support and assistance they need.

Funding for homeless prevention activities will assist an estimated 618 extremely low-income families and individuals who are at risk of homelessness achieve housing stability and avoid shelter. 

Furthering the Patrick Administration’s effort to move toward a housing strategy and away from a shelter response, $1.4 million of the ESG funds will support rapid rehousing for homeless individuals. The program will move an estimated 612 homeless individuals from emergency shelter to permanent housing this fiscal year.

“Rapid rehousing strategies are transforming the way we respond to homelessness in Massachusetts,” said Joe Finn, President & Executive Director of the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance. “In Fiscal Year 2013, ESG-Rapid Rehousing resources in the City of Boston provided permanent housing for nearly 350 people who were living in shelters or on the streets. On average, this intervention cost less than $3,000 per person. Investing in rapid rehousing reduces the Commonwealth’s reliance on costly emergency resources and brings us closer to ending homelessness in Massachusetts.”

More than $1.3 million in shelter support funds will be provided to 13 different agencies across the Commonwealth to help support 268 unfunded shelter beds for individuals and 37 unfunded shelter beds for Non-EA eligible families. An additional $285,000 will assist in the creation of 12 new units of emergency shelter for families fleeing domestic violence. 

ESG is an annual federal grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that was increased under the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009. The HEARTH Act represents a national shift in focus away from emergency shelters and toward stable, permanent housing that mirrors the Commonwealth’s ongoing housing first effort.

 

Below is a list of award recipients:

   
Organization NameCity

Grant Amount

Shelter Support:  
Friends of the HomelessSpringfield

125,923

SMOC (Shadows)Ashland

30,541

Pine St./Childrens Serv. Rox.Boston

208,253

Boston Public Health ComBoston

155,620

Father Bill's/MainspringQuincy /Brockton

135,178

MHSABoston

211,552

Housing Assistance  CorpHyannis

39,588

SteppingstoneFall River

103,280

Action, IncGloucester

32,286

River HouseBeverly

95,397

CASPAR, IncCambridge

87,588

   
Totals 

1,225,206 

   
Non-Emergency Assistance Beds:  
IHN-Friendly HouseWorcester

48,339

MIHN FitchburgFitchburg

67,342

   
Totals 

115,681 

   
Domestic Violence Shelter Beds:  
DoveQuincy

14,092

Y of Western MASpringfield

69,242

Asian Task ForceBoston

49,642

Elizabeth Stone HouseJamaica Plain

50,960

Y of Central MAWorcester

25,480

Renewal HouseBoston

50,960

HarborCovChelsea

25,480

   
Totals 

285,856 

   
Rapid Rehousing:  
Father Bill's/MainspringQuincy/Brock

165,795

Catholic CharitiesSpringfield

126,380

Lynn Housing Dev GroupLynn

43,630

MHSABoston

719,897

EmmausNorth Shore

104,123

Community Teamwork (CTI)Lowell

61,082

HACHyannis

43,385

CMHAWorcester

97,930

Community Teamwork (CTI)Lawrence

34,904

Catholic Social ServicesFall River

34,904

Catholic Social ServicesAttleboro

34,904

   
Totals 

1,466,934 

   
Prevention:  
Catholic Social ServicesFall River

43,630

SMOCFramingham

225,601

City of CambridgeCambridge

112,800

Tri-CAPMalden

61,082

Community ActionGreenfield

122,164

Somerville Homeless CoalitionSomerville

43,385

Brookline Community MHCBrookline

61,434

   
Totals 

670,096 

   
Tenancy Preservation Program:  
MHASpringfield

77,387

Father Bills/MainspringBrockton

50,842

Bay CoveBoston

55,018

   
Totals 

183,247 

   
Grand Totals 

3,947,020