WWLP: Baker tackles homelessness in FY16 budget

By Tiffany Chan

BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker hopes to catch families before they become homeless, through a series of initiatives included in his fiscal 2016 budget.

State Representative Michael Finn (D-West Springfield) said “once people get to the stage where they’re homeless and their families are in need, it’s harder to get them out if it.”

There are approximately 222 families currently living in homeless hotels and motels in Western Massachusetts. The Baker administration estimates that it could cost taxpayers more than $40 million to shelter families in hotels this fiscal year. That is more than $110,000 each day.

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