Last updated August 29, 2017

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 2018, which began on July 1, 2017, RAFT currently is funded at $13 million. We are hopeful that the funding will be increased to $15 million once the Legislature takes up veto overrides. (Governor Baker vetoed $2 million in RAFT funding, as well as language that would allow RAFT to continue to serve other types of families, including elders, unaccompanied youth, and people with disabilities.) Right now, the program 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.

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: For more information about our fiscal year 2018 budget campaign to expand access and funding for RAFT, please go to our RAFT campaign page or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For general information about RAFT, check out the state's RAFT information page.


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