by Peter Wells
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.
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