MASSACHUSETTS COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

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#DreamBig #CummingsGrant

We are proud to announce that Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless‘s A Bed for Every Child program is one of 130 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through Cummings Foundations $20 Million Grant Program. Our Lynn-based organization was chosen from a total of 738 applicants during a competitive review process.

“We are thrilled to be a grant recipient of the Cummings Foundation $20 Million Grant Program for A Bed for Every Child’s Big Kid Bed Initiative.” Robyn Frost, Executive Director. “A toddler moving into a Big Kid Bed is a childhood milestone. Yet that milestone cannot be met for far too many toddlers growing up in poverty simply because their parents cannot afford to purchase a bed. The Big Kid Bed initiative will make possible for over 300 toddlers to have a new bed of their own thanks to the Cummings Foundation.”

“When we work together, we have the power to take problems head on and make a huge difference in our life and in the lives of others around us.” – David DeNotaris

Each gift purchased through our online Holiday Fair in support of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless’ work, providing concrete resources and services that will have a positive impact on families, unaccompanied youth, and adults experiencing homelessness, housing instability, and poverty.

PUBLIC POLICY AND ADVOCACY NEWS AND ARTICLES

"We are excited to relaunch our website. As the final stages of the transition are underway, some resources and pages from our previous website may not be available yet here. We invite to travel back in time with us and VISIT HERE to access our previous website. Thank you for your patience and support!"

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A BED FOR EVERY CHILD

Brand new beds for kids in school age
A child in need will receive a complete new bed: a twin mattress, and bed frame. Make an impact in a child's future.
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BIG KID BED INITIATIVE

Brand new beds for toddlers
Transitioning a toddler to a bed, for most it is between the ages of 2 and 4 years old. This Initiative makes it easy and accessible for families in need.
LAUNCHING ON SPRING 2020

TEEN CLOSET INITIATIVE

Access free of cost clothing and hygiene products
The Teen Closet offers students a resource to receive free of cost clothing and hygiene products
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

HOMELINK INITIATIVE

Get connected to resources, benefits and services
HomeLink connects you with services, benefits and resources in your community. You can access our services via email, phone or in person at one of our kiosks.
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Families and State Aid
Homeless families struggle To access State aid amid the pandemic, say some advocates

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COVID-19 and Housing

The Massachusetts Eviction Moratorium ended:  A national moratorium still protects some tenants.

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PANDEMIC EBT

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) can help families buy food while schools are closed due to COVID-19. Click here if you got a P-EBT card and need help setting up a PIN or need to request a replacement card. If you do not get SNAP benefits, you have a right to apply. See this page for information.

COVID-19 UPDATES

AND INFORMATION

Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The Baker-Polito Administration announced a series of targeted measures to disrupt the increasing trend of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

COVID-19

RAFT UPDATES

The RAFT Program is a homelessness prevention program funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). RAFT provides short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Explore our programs

Reaching households early in a housing and/or income crisis is often the one key that can halt or delay the spiral into homelessness.

The Coalition provides a number of programs to assist those who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. For more information on each, please click on learn more.

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UPCOMING NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Join a growing movement of people around the commonwealth who are working
to make sure everyone has a place to call home.

ONLINE SERVICES
WEB RESOURCES

Right now, there are plenty of services and benefits that you can access online, either to apply, reapply or verify the status of your housing and/or section 8 application, SNAP (Food stamps), SSI/SSDI and others. Please check the links to find the right one.

Using this site, you will be able to apply for state-aided public housing and find any existing applications you may have. Moving forward, as your address changes or other information on your application changes, you will only need to update information at this site. All of your changes will be recorded at the housing authorities where you have applied. If you have questions, please ask staff at your local housing authority to help you.

https://publichousingapplication.ocd.state.ma.us

Applicants submit one application to the centralized waiting list system, operated by GoSection8.com, and their application is automatically added to the waiting list for all 101 participating PHAs. Each participating PHA selects participants to their Section 8 Voucher program off of the centralized waiting list in accordance with their local policy.

https://www.gosection8.com/masscwl

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It was formerly known as food stamps and is run by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). This application is about you, your household, your income, and your expenses. It should only take about 20 minutes.

https://dtaconnect.eohhs.mass.gov/apply

WIC is a nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services, free of charge, to Massachusetts families who qualify. 

https://www.mass.gov/forms/apply-for-wic-online

The RAFT Program is a homelessness prevention program funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). RAFT provides short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

To find a regional agency, call 1-800-224-5124, or see:

Massachusetts Housing Consumer Education Centers 

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