On July 24, Governor Baker signed the COVID-19 state supplemental budget, H.4808. The $1.1 billion budget includes millions in funding for affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter resources. Specifically, the budget contains:
- $20 million for additional RAFT homelessness prevention resources for families and individuals impacted by COVID-19. The budget also allows households to access up to $10,000 in RAFT assistance to help pay missed rent or mortgage payments. Currently, households can only access up to $4,000 in RAFT assistance
- $1.5 million for Housing Consumer Education Centers,
- $13.5 million for local housing authorities
- $5.8 million for permanent supportive housing
- $1 million more for housing and services for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness,
- $9.25 million specifically for shelters serving unaccompanied adults
The budget also allows unexpended funds from FY2020 to carry over into FY2021 for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, the Alternative Housing Voucher Program, and Emergency Assistance Family Shelters.
CHAPA thanks Governor Baker and the Legislature for supporting critical investments in affordable housing resources that will help Massachusetts recover and respond to the ongoing pandemic.