Last year, we got a great response to the RHN RAFT report for Fiscal Year 2016; such a great response, in fact, that we knew that we had to do it again for Fiscal Year 2017. I am please to announce the release of RHN RAFT statewide report for Fiscal Year 2017. Once again, all 11 administering agencies collaborated to share data and produce the report. Similar to last year, we found striking cost savings for every family that avoided homelessness through the RAFT program in terms of shelter costs alone. To see more about the great work that has taken place over the year through the RAFT program, please see the Fiscal Year 2017 RAFT report at Fiscal Year 2017 RHN RAFT statewide report.
Check out our Wait… there’s more! Regional Agency Reports post to find all of the regional reports as well.
In addition to the statewide report, we have once again prepared an insert for 10 of the 11 administering agencies with a breakout of regional-specific information. Here are the links to each of the regional reports as well as a link to the in-depth report that Metro Housing Boston did on the RAFT program in their region:
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
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
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:
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