Ending Family Homelessness in Massachusetts: A New Approach for the Emergency Assistance (EA) Program
The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation recently released a report called "Ending Family Homelessness in Massachusetts: A New Approach for the Emergency Assistance (EA) Program." The report, authored by Dennis Culhane and Thomas Byrne, examines how Massachusetts can improve its response to family homelessness. Recommendations by the authors on how to further efforts to improve Massachusetts' family homelessness system include providing increased program flexibility to "right-size" interventions to meet the needs of individual families, removing incentives that encourage long-term shelter and motel stays rather than stable housing outcomes, and providing alternatives to shelter that allow families to receive assistance and avoid homelessness. Culhane and Byrne note that Massachusetts - a state which has already invested considerable state and local resources to reduce and end family homelessness - is well-suited to incorporate even more effective solutions.
Source: the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation