Official Title: Homelessness Assistance
Homelessness assistance is the primary service that the Department of Housing and Community Development (DCHD) provides to families with children. DHCD provides low-income homeless families with temporary shelter, access to permanent housing, and stabilization services to assure that they can remain housed over the long term.
In recent years the state has reduced access to Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter and HomeBASE programs to a specific population of low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
The Division of Housing Stabilization (DHS) within DHCD is charged with the mission of preventing homelessness and finding permanent housing as quickly as possible for low-income families with children. State assistance programs for families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless include: the Emergency Assistance program, which provides eligible families with shelter and services including families living in hotels and motels because the EA shelters are full; Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT), which provides short-term financial assistance to families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless; the newer HomeBASE program which helps families who are eligible for EA secure permanent housing; and funding for caseworkers who work with homeless families.
Homelessness Assistance includes the following programs:
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- Early Ed & Care
- Early Ed Access
- Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative
- Early Education and Care Provider Rate Increase
- Income Eligible Child Care (Child Care Access)
- Income Eligible Wait List
- Supportive and TANF Childcare
- TANF Related Child Care
- Tax Break for Child and Dependent Care Costs
- Tax Break for Daycare Expenses
- Tax Break for Dependent Under 12
- Early Ed Administration
- Quality & Targeted Programs
- Early Ed Access
- Human Services
- Common Threads