WHDH: Baker: I’ll reduce number of Massachusetts homeless families

BOSTON (AP) –Efforts to catch families before they fall into homelessness would get a boost under a plan being pushed by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Baker wants to put $20 million into an “End Family Homelessness Reserve Fund.”

The goal would be to get the 5,000 homeless families living in shelters or hotels into permanent housing while preventing others from slipping into homelessness.

Baker said his budget plan would maintain current spending on homeless programs, about $180 million, but would shift some of that money to what he called front end programs to help stem the homeless problem.

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