Select Budgets
Clear All Select All
Inflation Adjustment
  • CPI: adjusts for changes in the cost of goods and services purchased by consumers
  • IPD: adjusts for changes in the cost of goods and services purchased by governments
  • Economic Growth: adjusts for changes in the size of the state economy (measured in terms of total personal income)
  • None: does not capture changes in the value of a dollar over time.

Emergency Assistance - Family Shelters and Services and Related Programs

7004-0101

funding levels adjusted for inflation (CPI)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 $155,878,948 $155,878,948
FY17 $179,940,853 $176,000,222
FY16 $204,172,810 $196,058,948
FY15 $201,078,289 $191,799,718
FY14 $170,354,574 $161,337,421
FY13 $146,722,384 $136,829,154
FY12 $149,921,516 $137,497,836
FY11 $181,107,680 $161,360,773
FY10 $173,634,271 $151,693,012
FY09 $104,981,969 $90,822,019
FY08 $100,767,489 $85,971,964
FY07 $94,077,220 $77,392,949
FY06 $91,791,742 $73,600,000
FY05 $101,513,296 $78,432,024
FY04 $94,566,841 $70,933,764
FY03 $98,405,580 $72,220,128
FY02 $88,608,278 $63,628,138
FY01 $67,701,578 $47,769,502
  • See Changes in Funding
Between and
Funding for Emergency Assistance - Family Shelters and Services and Related Programs
54.7%

comparisons adjusted for inflation (CPI)

Notes

  • Funding for Emergency Assistance--Family Shelters and Services moved from a line item in the Dept. of Transitional Assistance to a line item in the Dept. of Housing and Community Development in FY10. In FY13, funding to support the family shelter overflow in hotels and motels moved to a distinct line item.
  • Use caution comparing funding for this line item FY09-FY10. In FY10, funding for information technology was taken out of this line item and shifted to a centralized information technology account. The exact amount of this accounting change is not available.

* Funding and comparison information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.

Massachusetts is one of the few places in the U.S. that provides shelter, through its Emergency Assistance (EA) program, to all low-income homeless families who meet certain eligibility criteria. Low-income homeless families are eligible for EA shelter if they live at or below 115% of the federal poverty level and have lost their homes to fire, natural disaster, loss of income, were living in unhealthy or unsafe conditions or were forced to leave their housing because they were victims of domestic violence.

The EA program, managed by the Division of Housing Stabilization (DHS) within the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), provides funding for both family shelters as well as for hotels and motels that house homeless families when the family shelters are full.

In recent decades the state has adopted policies to try to reduce the number of homeless families in Massachusetts. In 2010, homelessness assistance programs funded in the state budget moved from the Department of Transitional Assistance to DHCD to provide homeless families and individuals with better access to housing resources. Yet, just as the state made this change, the Great Recession hit. Many low-income workers lost their jobs and housing.

The state made several other changes to decrease the number of low-income homeless families living in EA shelters. The 2010 budget lowered the income level at which families were eligible for shelter from 130% of the federal poverty level to 115%. The 2012 budget created the HomeBASE program which provides short-term assistance to help families stay out of shelters by remaining in their current housing or moving into a new place. The FY 2013 budget further reduced families’ access by limiting shelter to families who meet the eligibility criteria noted above.

DHCD tracks over time the number of low-income homeless families living in family shelters and hotels and motels here.

Updated January 2017

Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 GAA $155,878,948 $155,878,948
FY18 Leg $155,878,948 $155,878,948
FY18 Sen $166,091,546 $166,091,546
FY18 SWM $166,046,546 $166,046,546
FY18 Hou $155,883,948 $155,883,948
FY18 HWM $155,533,948 $155,533,948
FY18 Gov $164,696,546 $164,696,546
FY17 $179,940,853 $176,000,222

Notes

  • Funding for Emergency Assistance--Family Shelters and Services moved from a line item in the Dept. of Transitional Assistance to a line item in the Dept. of Housing and Community Development in FY10. In FY13, funding to support the family shelter overflow in hotels and motels moved to a distinct line item.
  • Use caution comparing funding for this line item FY09-FY10. In FY10, funding for information technology was taken out of this line item and shifted to a centralized information technology account. The exact amount of this accounting change is not available.

* Funding information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.