In FY16 the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program was expanded to provide a significant homelessness prevention resource across the Commonwealth. RAFT FY16 is focusing on very low income families who are at the greatest risk of homelessness and for whom the benefit will make a stable housing environment possible.
RAFT provides flexible financial assistance designed to meet each family’s particular needs. Responses include moving cost assistance, rent and utility arrears, rental stipends, and incentives to a primary tenant that will host a RAFT family to keep them from becoming homeless. All interventions will focus on helping families to develop and/or maintain housing and pursue longer term stability.
Target Population- Families at risk of homelessness with (i) a household income not greater than 30 percent of area median income that are homeless and moving into subsidized or private housing or are at risk of becoming homeless; or (ii) a household income greater than 30 per cent but not more than 50 per cent of area median income that are homeless and moving into subsidized or private housing, or are at risk of becoming homeless due to a significant reduction of income or increase in expenses.
Eligible Family Household- A family may be composed of two or more people living together, one of whom is a dependent child under the age of 21 (up until 21st birthday), or a single pregnant head of household.
As the administering agency for the region, LHAND will service the Essex County area for the RAFT program.