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Assisting Familes Experiencing Homelessness: Emergency Assistance Shelter and Benefits

10/08/2015 - 9:30am to 2:30pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
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This program focuses on strategies to assist families experiencing homelessness in accessing and retaining shelter, short-term housing, and services from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Trainers provide an overview of the Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter and services program, including recent changes to the family homelessness system. The training also includes advocacy tips regarding the range of issues facing families at-risk or experiencing homelessness as they seek access to EA diversion, prevention, shelter, housing ("HomeBASE"), and stabilization resources. The training includes an overview of the system, the application process, denials, terminations, shelter placements, and program requirements. This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, and community activists who want to learn about the nuts-and-bolts of the EA system and the new HomeBASE program.

Training materials include the most recent edition of the Emergency Assistance Advocacy Guide: A Guide to Emergency Shelter and Rehousing Services for Homeless Families with Children in Massachusetts; and relevant DHCD policy notices and DTA Field Operations Memos; statewide listings for DHCD offices, family shelters, community rooms, and legal services offices, etc.


•Legal Services Attorneys and Non Lawyer Advocates ....$25
•All Others ....$95


  • Ruth A. Bourquin, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
  • Kelly B. Turley, MSW, MA Coalition for the Homeless, Lynn

For more information or to register, go to MCLE's website,  Note: When registering on MCLE website, be sure to select your program fee “Category” in the drop down menu. Click “Update” for adjusted course fee.

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