What We Do

Understanding Family Homelessness

There are many reasons families become homeless in the Metrowest area, but the most common root causes are the lack of affordable housing combined with low earnings. We have all seen the cost of housing increase drastically over the past few decades and while the minimum wage has increased, earnings in general have not kept up with the rising costs. As a result, Massachusetts has one of the fastest growing rates of family homelessness in the country.

Massachusetts and Family Homelessness

The Cost of Housing Continues to Grow

Earnings Have Increased, But Are Still Too Low

Who Does Family Promise Metrowest (FPM) Serve?

As stated earlier, FPM is the first referral families are given when denied emergency shelter from the state. To understand our families and who they are, knowing why families are denied state assistance is important. The eligibility criteria for emergency state shelter and assistance are listed on the Mass.gov website and stated below.

ACCEPTED REASONS FOR HOMELESSNESS

  • No-fault fire, flood, natural disaster, condemnation, or foreclosure.
  • Fleeing domestic violence (current or within past 12 months).
  • No-fault eviction.
  • Child(ren) are exposed to a substantial health and safety risk.

THE FAMILIES DENIED STATE SHELTER AND COMING TO FAMILY PROMISE METROWEST ARE BEST DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:

  • Employed and over “income standards,” yet not earning enough to afford housing in the area.
  • Unemployed due to a layoff or inability to afford child care.
  • Doubled up with family or friends, which is not considered “a substantial health and safety risk” even though it is a temporary solution.
  • Evicted due to a change in their income from divorce, lay-off, or separation, which is not considered “no-fault.”
  • Evicted due to an inability to pay rent that was increased.