FAMILY HOMELESSNESS IN MASSACHUSETTS
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.