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RAFT Program Prevents Homelessness, Saves Taxpayers Millions

RAFT Program Prevents Homelessness, Saves Taxpayers Millions

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. The vast savings is due to the fact that to hold a family in emergency housing for the

HUD awards close to $70 million to support homeless programs in Massachusetts

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. The funding comes from the Continuum of Care grants, that provides critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the state. “This funding

Lawsuit accuses Baker administration of denying shelter to homeless families

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. On nights when she was denied emergency shelter from

Charitable foundation offers backpacks to the homeless

On Tuesday evening, of Dec. 20, Elvita Isenia gave homeless people backpacks that are filled with useful supplies. “I feel like I need to be there at some point to be able to alleviate their situation,” Isenia said.   Isenia and her two friends walked up and down the Back Bay area, scrounging for homeless

Sexual abuse still persists fifteen years after Spotlight, attorney and source argues

Fifteen years after the Boston Globe’s Spotlight series uncovered the widespread sexual abuse of Catholic priest — and more than a year after it became a highly acclaimed film on the big screen — the issue of priest molesting children still exists throughout Massachusetts and worldwide. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian and members of the Survivors Network

Remembering Wade Aubin

Wade died on Tuesday December 27 after a courageous battle with cancer. A memorial was held for him on January 1. He was the youngest of my mother’s children and for many years was homeless in Harvard Square, Cambridge. He suffered from alcoholism, but he’d been sober for 10-years and was living on disability in an apartment by himself in Arlington, where

City of Boston Receives $50,000 Grant for Substance Abuse Disorder Assessment

The City of Boston was selected to receive a $50,000 Special Initiatives Grant to take steps toward developing a city-wide strategy for prevention of substance use disorders, Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s office said in a press release on Nov. 28. The grant funding will be used to develop a comprehensive needs assessment to help develop

BPHC joins forces with State health and housing organizations to launch “Hospital to Housing”

December 13th marked the kickoff of the “Hospital to Housing” initiative, a public-private coalition formed by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), the Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance, the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (Beacon Health Options), and the United Health Foundation. The coalition appointed five community health workers (CHWs) who will work alongside homeless resource-providers,

Roxbury’s Whittier Street Apartments Receives Major Funding from HUD Grant

Roxbury was one of five communities this month to receive a major grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD Deputy Secretary Nani Coloretti appeared at the Whittier Street Apartments with U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to announce the $30 million Choice Neighborhood Initiative grant on behalf of

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