For about 10 years, RAFT has assisted low-income families who are at risk of homelessness to remain stably housed. With flexible assistance of about $3,000 per family, RAFT helps thousands of families avert eviction, thereby helping them avert the trauma of homelessness. The report finds further that RAFT accomplishes this at one-tenth the cost of a typical shelter stay.
Housing Solutions operates RAFT in Southeastern Mass. According to the report, RAFT’s impact in the region has been striking:
- Housing Solutions assisted 340 families in Southeastern Massachusetts with $1.1 million in RAFT funds. If even half of these families had become homeless, sheltering costs would have exceeded $5 million.
- RAFT assisted families in nearly 40 cities and towns in Southeastern Mass., from the cities of New Bedford, Brockton and Fall River to towns like Marion, Cohasset, Whitman and North Attleboro.
- Of the 332 families we assisted with RAFT in FY15 none returned seeking RAFT funds in FY16, demonstrating the cost-effectiveness of Housing Solutions’ management of the program.
As with so many well-conceived and well-run affordable housing programs, RAFT stabilizes families and communities, while saving money.