Boston Globe: Baker proposes fund to keep poor families off the streets

By David Scharfenberg

Governor Charlie Baker, who made tackling homelessness a pillar of his campaign, proposed a $20 million fund Monday to keep low-income families off the streets.

The fund, which aims to provide counselors and a range of services to families before they land in an overcrowded shelter system, is part of what Baker described as a preventative approach to a searing problem.

“At a point in time when family homelessness has actually been falling nationally, it’s been increasing in Massachusetts,” Baker said, in a press briefing, calling it “a human tragedy that clearly must be rethought and reconsidered.”

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