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There are approximately 3,500 famillies in the state's shelter system, with 32 families in motels as of 11/27/2018

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Homes for Families is a state-wide policy advocacy organization that sees meaningful engagement of housing-unstable families, families experiencing homelessness, shelter providers, elected officials and communities as central in the fight to end homelessness.   

We understand that the best way forward is collaboratively, through family and provider driven, ground up organizing, advocacy and policy making.   

We have a holistic approach of cross educating, grassroots organizing and lobbying to address the devastating impacts of housing instability on families. 

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Follow us on social media and check out our blog - Opening Doors: an online hub that provides information on updates from the state, job openings, and community events, a place for families, providers and other stakeholders to pose and answer questions, share resources, and discuss important issues that impact families throughout Massachusetts.

News & Events


Join Us For MRVP Cookie Day 2019 on February 5th at the Massachusetts State House. Learn more about the event through our most recent action alert posted here. Click here for an event flyer and here for tips on engaging families. Here are tips for legislative meetings and talking points for Cookie Day. Help spread the word through our facebook page.

Visioning Day 2019

Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in Visioning Day this year! Families overcoming homelessness and providers connected to the EA system in Massachusetts were all welcomed for a convening focused on solutions for ending family homelessness in the Commonwealth. At Visioning Day we re-establish a shared vision of addressing homelessness that we use to shape our collective policy advocacy agenda for the year ahead.

Click here for the 2018 Visioning Day Report


Papers Released

Housing Resource Guide, Updated 2018

Homes for Families recently completed a 3 year research project. For more information and links to the full series of reports, click here. For the most recent reports, click the links below:

September 2017: Family Experiences of Homelessness in Massachusetts : The Case for Family Centered Care (click here for the data overview)

January 2018 follow-up analysis: Putting Family Survey Data Into Practice

September 2017: Evidence Based Stabilization : A Solution to Reduce Family Homelessness in Massachusetts

Fall 2017: Brief on promising practices and policy recommendations for scattered site models

Provider practices: Addressing Fears In A Harmful Federal Policy Climate

Join Us in Raising Our Voice to End Homelessness

Click here to look up your State Legilslators

Click here to see a list of bills that have been filed by the Massachusetts legislature relative to housing, homelessness and overcoming poverty.


Click here to watch an interview with HFF Executive Director, Libby Hayes on ABCD's Community Taking Action Program.

Homes for Families is funded, in part, by:

The Oak Foundation

The Hyams Foundation

The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

And generous contributions from the community