Last updated July 2, 2018

Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) Homelessness Prevention Program

If you and your household are at imminent risk of homelessness, you may be eligible for Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT), a state-funded homelessness prevention program administered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

For state fiscal year 2019, which began yesterday, the funding level has not been finalized and funds have yet to be released.

For state fiscal year 2018, which ran from July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018, RAFT was funded at $15 million. (Governor Baker had vetoed $2 million in RAFT funding, as well as language that would allow RAFT to continue to serve other types of families, including elders, unaccompanied youth, and people with disabilities, but the Legislature overrode the veto.) From February - June 2018, FY'18 funds were available to all household types (families with children under the age of 21, pregnant people, elders, unaccompanied youth, people with disabilities, and other households without minor children) with incomes at or below 50% of area median income, with at least 50% of the funds for families at or below 30% of area median income.

Eligible families may receive up to $4,000 from RAFT in a 12-month period to pay for expenses to avoid homelessness or rapidly exit homelessness. Families who have received funding from the HomeBASE program or are looking to receive HomeBASE funding can access a maximum of $8,000 from the two programs combined.

DHCD's FY'18 RAFT administrative plan/program guidance is here, with many details about program benefits and rules. The FY'17 statewide report on how RAFT funds were used can be found here.

RAFT is administered by a network of eleven regional providers. Here is the list of providers and where they are located. ** Please contact them directly to apply for benefits.**
For more information about our fiscal year 2019 budget campaign to maintain expanded access and increase funding for RAFT, please go to our present policy campaigns page or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For general information about RAFT, check out the state's RAFT information page.