In 2016, taxpayers in the state of Massachusetts saved roughly $137 million thanks to the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program. By allotting $12.5 million to homelessness prevention, 1,319 clients were assisted in Boston alone. Read the full article here.
Naikis Cepeda is often forced to answer a question from her children that no parent ever wants to face: why don’t we have a home? The 28-year-old mother of two has confronted this question several times since her abusive husband abandoned her, leaving the family homeless. Read the rest of the story here.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded more than $69.4 million to support 277 homeless housing and service programs in Massachusetts this past December. Read more from the article about these programs here.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today that he will submit a package of legislation at the State House to address displacement of Boston residents from their homes. Read the full article here.
The organization Back on My Feet uses running as a catalyst to combat homelessness. The group operates in 12 cities across the nation, including Boston, where Cristina Quinn from PBS station WGBH paid them a visit. Watch the full video coverage here.
It is not so hard to become homeless in this country. Millions of Americans live one paycheck from zero. Jobs go away. Houses too. Families break. Drugs and mental illness play in. And the results are easy to see in American streets. Homeless people. Some trying to hold it together. Some just lost. San FranciscoContinue reading WBUR:Tackling Homelessness, In San Francisco And Beyond
Advocates call it one of the state’s cruelest requirements. Before some poor homeless families can qualify for taxpayer-funded shelter and motel rooms, they must spend a night in a place “unfit for human habitation” — such as an emergency room, park bench, or campground — to be legally homeless in the eyes of the state.Continue reading Boston Globe: Costs at heart of emergency shelter eligibility debate
Decades of inadequate leadership and insufficient direct funding from the state have weakened the fight against rising homelessness in Wisconsin. Advocates and service providers say state officials must be more engaged to address an often hidden plight that shatters lives and creates significant costs for social services, schools, health care and law enforcement. There’s noContinue reading Wisconsin State Journal: Rising homelessness should be wake-up call to Wisconsin leaders, advocates say
Faced with an unprecedented 47,000 homeless people in need of shelter and services, Los Angeles is proposing a solution with a more populist bent: imposing a tax on the city’s millionaires. Under a proposal introduced by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, people with an annual income of more than $1 million would be requiredContinue reading The Christian Science Monitor:California’s new strategy to fight homelessness: a ‘millionaires tax’
In New York City, during working hours, homelessness is there for all to see. An estimated 58,000 people forage for help and survival by day, then retreat to shelters at night. Now comes startling news of federal budget cuts that could mean the loss of 500 shelter beds operated by a dozen or so organizationsContinue reading NYTimes: New Priority Means Fewer Beds in City’s Shelters