The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless has announced that the homelessness prevention program RAFT - Residential Assistance for Families in Transition - is back.
After several years of minimal funding ($260,000 statewide), RAFT has been funded by the Legislature at $8.76 million for fiscal year 2013. This means that RAFT is once again a statewide program. RAFT is run by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), in collaboration with 10 partner agencies.
Eligible families may receive up to $4,000 to pay for expenses to avoid homelessness or rapidly exit homelessness. The program now is targeted to families with incomes at or below 50% of area median income, with at least 90% of the funds for families at or below 30% of area median income.
- To see DHCD's RAFT update page, including a list of this year's 10 administering agencies, click here.
Peter Wells is the Associate Conference Minister serving churches and clergy in the Central and Hampshire Assocations and the Coordinator of Mission and Justice programs.