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.
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.
- The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) amended the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, with major revisions to what is now titled the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. The Emergency Solutions Grant is assists homeless households and households at risk of homelessness by supporting the services necessary to help them quickly regain stable housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. Any person or family in need of emergency shelter is potentially eligible for ESG funded shelter services.
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.
Administrative information including Housing Stabilization Notices (HSN's) and regulations.
The Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness (ICHH) was convened by Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito in October of 2015. The ICHH is co- chaired by Secretary Sudders and Secretary Ash and consists of Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries and Commissioners of the executive branch of state government.
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.