RHN Statewide RAFT Report

On November 17, the RHN released the first ever statewide report on the Massachusetts Residential Assistance for Families in Transition, or RAFT, program.  All 11 administering agencies contributed to take a look at the impact of the program across the state.  Click on the link to our report to find out what we discovered.  raftinmass2016web


Spare Change News Coverage of RAFT

We thought we’d share the coverage of the RAFT Program by Spare Change News.

For those of you unfamiliar with Spare Change News, it is a publication of the Homeless Empowerment Project that is distributed by vendors who are currently or formerly homeless, for whom it serves as a source of income.  As they note, most of their content is locally produced “with much of it written, drawn or photographed by currently or formerly homeless, or otherwise low-income individuals”.  It was great to see attention paid to this resource.  Check out Abby Geluso’s article at this link: Spare Change News RAFT Program January 2017

Boston Housing Court Data Report

I’m pleased to share the work of some of our partners in the homelessness prevention world.  Project Hope, HomeStart, and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative have recently released their Boston Housing Court Data Report. This report contains data about all cases filed in Boston Housing Court in 2014, including:

  • Percentage of cases resulting in eviction
  • Median amount of rent owed
  • Comparisons between subsidized and market-rate tenants
  • Comparisons between different types of property owners
  • Impact of legal representation and repayment agreements
  • Comparisons by neighborhood
  • Impact of eviction prevention programs (HomeStart’s Court Intervention Project, Project Hope’s eviction prevention program in the Dudley Street neighborhood, and MBHP’s RAFT program)

The report is a great companion to the RHN Statewide RAFT report and can be found here: 2014-housing-court-report  You can also access a summary of the report here: 2014-housing-court-report-summary

RAFT Information by Region

In addition to the statewide report, we have prepared an insert for each of the 11 administering agencies with a breakout of regional-specific information.  Here are the links to each of the regional reports: