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.