MassLive: Gov. Charlie Baker proposes new fund to address family homelessness in Massachusetts

By Shira Schoenberg

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday proposed creating a new fund for the prevention of family homelessness, while reinstating a program to house mentally ill homeless people.

Baker, however, said he does not plan to spend more money on emergency homelessness services next year. Funding will remain at $180 million in the 2016 budget, the same level as in 2015. The difference is Baker wants to invest more money in homelessness prevention, with the goal of reducing the money that is currently being spent housing homeless families in motels.

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