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.
Family Promise Metrowest is one of 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 as follows (from Mass.gov):
ACCEPTED REASONS FOR HOMELESSNESS
THE FAMILIES DENIED STATE SHELTER AND COMING TO FAMILY PROMISE METROWEST ARE BEST DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: