How about some good news? The state-funded Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) homelessness prevention program is back! After several years of minimal funding ($260,000 statewide), RAFT has been funded by the Legislature at $8.76 million for fiscal year 2013. This means that RAFT is once again a statewide program! RAFT is run by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), in collaboration with ten partner agencies.
Eligible families may receive up to $4,000 to pay for expenses to avoid homelessness or rapidly exit homelessness. The program now is targeted to families with incomes at or below 50% of area median income, with at least 90% of the funds for families at or below 30% of area median income. See chart.
Residents may apply for funding through these partner agencies:
Berkshire Housing Development Corporation
1 Fenn St. 3rd Floor Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 499-1630 x-108
Community Teamwork, Inc.
155 Merrimack St. Lowell, MA 01852
Franklin Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority
42 Canal Road Turner Falls, MA 01376
322 Main Street, Suite 1 Springfield, MA 01105
413 233 1600
Housing Assistance Corporation
460 West Main Street Hyannis, MA 02601
Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, Inc.
125 Lincoln Street, 5th Floor Boston, MA 02111
205 School Street (P.O. Box 159) Gardner, MA 01440-0159
978-630-6600 or 800.488.1969
South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc.
300 Howard Street Framingham, MA 01702
South Shore Housing Development Corporation
169 Summer Street Kingston, MA 02364
781-422-4222 or 800-242-0957
6 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609