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FAMILY HOMELESSNESS IN MASSACHUSETTS AND BEYOND

Family homelessness is a growing problem in Massachusetts. The state shelters 4400 families a night; 2000 plus live in motels. This is the largest number of families sheltered by the state, despite considerable strategizing and investments by the private, public and non-profit sectors. 

Shelter and motels are expensive, temporary, damaging solutions to homelessness. Homeless children are sick more often; one third repeat a grade; have high rates of developmental delays and learning disabilities; and so on. Long term problems accrue.