Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) Homelessness Prevention Program
If you and your household are at imminent risk of homelessness, you may be eligible for Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT), a state-funded homelessness prevention program administered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).
For state fiscal year 2017, which began on July 1, 2016, RAFT has been funded at $13 million (the highest funding level ever). The program primarly is targeted to families with children under the age of 21 and/or pregnant women with incomes at or below 50% of area median income, with at least 50% of the funds for families at or below 30% of area median income. This year, $500,000 was set aside to serve other types of families, including elders, unaccompanied youth, and people with disabilities. Unfortunately, all of the funds for households without children under the age of 21 have been expended.
Eligible families may receive up to $4,000 from RAFT in a 12-month period to pay for expenses to avoid homelessness or rapidly exit homelessness. Families who have received funding from the HomeBASE program or are looking to receive HomeBASE funding can access a maximum of $8,000 from the two programs combined.
RAFT is administered by a network of eleven regional providers. Here is the list of providers and where they are located:
- Berkshire Housing Development Corporation (Pittsfield)
- Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance (Worcester)
- Community Teamwork, Inc. (Lowell)
- Franklin Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority (Turners Falls)
- HAP, Inc. (Springfield)
- Housing Assistance Corporation (Hyannis)
- Housing Solutions for Southeastern Massachusetts (Kingston)
- Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development (Lynn)
- Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, Inc. (Boston)
- RCAP Solutions (Worcester)
- South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. (Framingham)