The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ HomeBASE program provides flexible housing assistance to eligible homeless families, along with stabilization services to support those families once they secure housing. Housing Solutions administers HomeBASE in Plymouth and Bristol counties but eligibility for it is determined by the state at any one of its Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) offices. If your family is eligible, the exact nature and amount of HomeBASE assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis.
If your family is in an immediate housing crisis or homeless, you must first apply for Emergency Assistance (EA) at a DTA office. In Southeastern Massachusetts, the DTA offices are located at:
- 60 Main Street, Brockton, MA 508-895-7000
- 21 Spring Street, Taunton, MA 508-884-5300
- 1567 No. Main Street, Fall River, MA 508-646-6200
- 160 West Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 508-961-1300
- 61 Industrial Park Road, Plymouth, MA 508-732-3100
Since the program’s inception in 2011, Housing Solutions with our community partners – Catholic Social Services, JRI, Quincy Community Action Program, and Fr. Bill’s & MainSpring – have housed approximately 4,000 families through HomeBASE. We and our partners continue to work with homeless families in shelters, motels and those newly determined eligible to secure housing with the goal of substantially reducing the number of homeless families in our region.
Families who we assist through HomeBASE are then eligible for assistance to increase their income through one of two Secure Jobs programs with which Housing Solutions collaborates. These programs have already placed over 400 HomeBASE participants into jobs by providing job training, coaching and placement services. SER Jobs for Progress in Fall River runs the Secure Jobs in Bristol County and Fr. Bill’s & MainSpring does so for Plymouth County.