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2015 Emergency Assistance Advocacy Guide

Ruth Bourquin, MLRI

A Guide to Emergency Shelter and Rehousing Services for Homeless Families with Children in Massachusetts (including the HomeBASE Program)

By Ruth Bourquin, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, October 2015 Edition

As described by MCLE:

Using a simple question-and-answer format, this Guide leads advocates and homeless families through the rules governing eligibility for Emergency Assistance--the program that provides emergency shelter and rehousing services to homeless families with children in Massachusetts. The Guide provides contact information for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), to which authority for the program was transferred on July 1, 2009, as well as special advocacy reminders to help families access these critical safety net services.  The Guide also includes information about the HomeBASE program.

  • Read the updated October 2015 Guide online (with live links to the documents referenced in the Guide) 

Or, if you would prefer a hard copy, you can

  • Download a PDF of the October 2015 Guide (free)
  • Purchase a bound copy of the October 2015 Guide from MCLE ($9.95)