Non Profit Quarterly: A Tipping Point: Shelters Face the Full-Cost Question in Massachusetts as Budget Dips

Last week, the Coalition for Homeless Individuals presented lawmakers with findings from a survey, showing that the state Department of Housing and Community Development only pays 61 percent of the true costs of each of the 2,856 shelter bed for which it contracts. This means, of course, that 39 percent of the cost must be made up through fundraising. But many shelters have more beds than those for which they have contracts, and when you add in those beds, the contracts pay for 41 percent.

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