NEPR: Baker Not First Governor To Tackle Homelessness, But Will He Be The First To Succeed?


During his campaign for Massachusetts governor — and after — Charlie Baker made homelessness a cornerstone issue.

“Some of our toughest challenges have been ignored and lost amid the successes,” Baker said in his inaugural address. “Or have become the equivalent of kicking a can down the road because they’re not politically convenient or easy to fix.”

Among the challenges: hundreds of families housed by the state in hotels and motels. This week, Baker proposed in his budget a $20 million fund to keep low-income families off the streets. And he announced an overall shift in policy.

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