Ensuring that Massachusetts has an adequate supply of safe, affordable housing for children and adults who need it the most is a crucial component of the state's economic success and quality of life for all of its residents.

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) oversees the state's affordable housing activities, including programs that provide shelter to low-income homeless families and individuals.

DHCD assists low-income families with children in a number of ways. It provides shelter to homeless families through its Emergency Assistance (EA) program and gives housing assistance through the newer HomeBASE program to help these families move out of shelter and into housing. It also provides affordable housing assistance to low-income families through a number of programs. Residential Assistance to Families in Transition (RAFT) gives low-income families who are at risk of becoming homeless short-term funds to stay in current housing or find new housing. DHCD also helps subsidize rents through the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) and through rental subsidies it provides to local housing authorities around the state.

The Housing section of the Children’s Budget is broken down into two parts:

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