Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 12, 2012, 8:02 a.m. EST by GirlFriday
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This is a great article. I am pulling some snippets: Massachusetts set a record last year in the number of homeless families living in hotels. When homeless shelters are full, the state uses the hotels for temporary housing.
A new program has helped reduce the number of families living in hotels, but there is so much demand that officials worry the numbers could go back up.
In August, the program began providing emergency housing funds and long-term rental assistance to low-income families. The $40 million program helped some 3,000 families and dramatically reduced the number of those living in hotels. But by October, there were so many people seeking assistance that the program had to be curtailed.
“I would describe it as a tsunami of need,” said Chris Norris, executive director of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, a nonprofit that administers affordable housing programs in Greater Boston. To qualify for the HomeBase program, a family must earn less than 115 percent of the federal poverty level. So a family the size of Rivera’s would have to make less than $34,000 a year. Norris says thousands of families are in similar situations.
“We have more than 100,000 families on our wait-list right now statewide for rental assistance. It’s a nine-year wait,” Norris said. http://www.wbur.org/2012/01/12/homeless-in-hotels
Does your state or county have any programs such as this? Are you familiar with the homeless population in your area?