Author Archives: Sarah Ferris

Poor Planning Mars State’s Homeless Fight

By Sarah Ferris The state’s $65.3 million HomeBase program could have prevented thousands of families from entering emergency shelter last year, if funds had not been drained months into the effort, one of Massachusetts’ nonprofit housing partners said this month. The housing-first effort – spearheaded by Governor Deval Patrick as part of his campaign to

State Puts New Limits on Homeless Shelter Access

Sarah Ferris Spare Change News The Massachusetts Legislature set aside more than $80 million for permanent housing assistance in next year’s budget — while slashing budgets for emergency assistance — as the state rolls forward with an overhaul of its costliest housing programs. The state Legislature approved the massive expansion of Governor Deval Patrick’s flagship

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