Emergency Assistance

Information about who can assist you in this time of need and give you guidance on shelter services. 
Follow this link to Locate a Service Provider in Massachusetts who can help you with Emergency Assistance.  

The Division of Housing Stabilization (DHS), is charged with the mission of preventing homelessness, sheltering those for whom homelessness is unavoidable, and rapidly re-housing the homeless in stable, permanent housing. DHS's work is guided by the Massachusetts Commission to End Homelessness' Plan to End Homelessness and the Patrick-Murray Administration's Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness.

  

Continuum of Care Programs (COC)

 Continuum of Care (CoC) Programs combine state funds with federal funds obtained from HUD through an annual competitive application  to provide homeless assistance services and supported housing programs for primarily long term homeless individuals and families with one or multiple disabilities.

  

Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG)

  The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) amended the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, including major revisions to what is now titled the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. The ESG program assists homeless households and households at risk of homelessness by providing the services necessary to help them quickly regain stable housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. ESG services are procured on an annual basis. Therefore, the services provided may change each year.  Currently, DHCD funds ESG services under the following components: Shelter Support; Rapid Re-housing; and Homelessness Prevention.

  

HomeBASE

is a flexible financial household assistance resource that is available to families who are eligible for the state’s Emergency Assistance (EA) Program. Up to $4,000 of Household Assistance can be used to help you and your family find your own apartment, co-house by living with someone else and sharing household costs, pay for moving expenses to another state or location in- state and for other costs, such as child care to help with securing or maintaining employment or job training.  Follow this link to Locate a Service Provider in Massachusetts who can help you with HomeBASE.

  

Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)

is a Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) funded homelessness prevention program. RAFT provides short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
  

Housing Stabilization Notices

Administrative information including Housing Stabilization Notices (HSN's) and regulations .

  

Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness

The Council is working to implement the recommendations from the Massachusetts Commission to End Homelessness. ICHH members include representatives from fourteen different departments who serve populations that may experience homelessness.