HomeBASE is the Commonwealth’s re-housing benefit created to provide families who are in the emergency shelter assistance system an opportunity to overcome some of the financial barriers to ending their homelessness.

HomeBASE can provide funds for first and last month's rent and security deposit in a new home, furniture (not to exceed $1,000), a monthly stipend to help pay rent for up to one year as well as utilities, travel costs, and many other expenses that would otherwise prevent a family from accessing a new home.

HomeBASE additionally provides a designated stabilization worker for each family to help access community supports and offer resources to resolve issues that may arise including tenancy-related issues. Families enjoy the support of a case manager and may access agency resources such as education, workforce development, child care, or other support to ensure they succeed as new tenants.

Who Is Eligible for HomeBASE?

Families deemed eligible by DHS who are currently in Emergency Shelter Assistance can access HomeBASE. Please use the "Service Locator" for the nearest office.


Is your family on the verge of becoming homeless?

If your family is in a housing crisis and homeless and needs to apply for Emergency Assistance (shelter), here are some important things you should know:

  • To receive assistance, you must first be determined to be Emergency Assistance (EA) eligible by a DHCD Homeless Coordinator. Eligible families must meet income and other criteria that includes providing documentation on the reasons for homelessness.

If you are determined to be eligible you may qualify for the following:

  • You will be placed in an EA shelter if you are a victim of domestic violence or a natural disaster (e.g. fire, etc.)
  • You will be placed in an EA congregate shelter or a Teen Living Program if you are between the ages of 18 through 20
  • You will be eligible for a new alternative to family shelter called HomeBASE if your reason for homelessness relates to health and safety, overcrowding, asked to leave, or evicted from housing, among other reasons.

What is the HomeBASE Program?

  • The HomeBASE Program offers an alternative to shelter and is time-limited assistance designed to provide a housing solution to families who are at serious risk of homelessness rather than going into a family shelter or motel.
  • The type of assistance is based on the individual needs of a family which will be determined through an assessment.
  • There is no guaranteed amount or type of assistance. The new system will be based on your family’s needs, situation, and contribution.

If you are in a housing crisis and need help and/or want to know more about the HomeBASE Program, please call:

  • Housing Consumer Education Centers: 1-800-224-5124, or
  • DHCD Division of Housing Stabilization: 1-877-418-3308, or
  • Dial 211 for general information about programs in your area that may be able to help you, or visit www.mass211help.org or www.massresources.org


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