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3. Which families experiencing homelessness are eligible for EA?

EA is available for some: 

  • children under age 21 who are experiencing homelessness as well as their families, including parents, stepparents, other close relatives or legal guardians who are primary caretakers of the child/ren, and/ or
  • pregnant people at any stage of pregnancy who are experiencing homelessness, and the pregnant person's spouse, See 760 CMR 67.02(1),

who meet financial and other eligibility rules. See Questions 4 - 11.

Note: DHCD has said that you do not need to be married to qualify as a “spouse” or “step-parent”; they can include persons with whom the parent or pregnant person is “involved as a couple in an inter-dependent relationship that is intended to be long-term.” See Housing Stabilization Notice 2011-02 available at

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