Cambridge Awarded $112,800 to Fight Homelessness through Prevention Services


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The Patrick Administration’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded the City of Cambridge $112,800 in federal Emergency Solutions Grant funds. These funds will be used to expand upon existing resources to develop a multi-faceted approach to providing homelessness prevention services in the city.

The award will help build on the foundation of prevention service delivery at the Multi-Service Center (MSC) by creating a coordinated homelessness prevention program that integrates existing case management and financial assistance at the MSC with tenancy preservation services at the Cambridge District Court and eviction prevention legal services.

ESG is an annual federal grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that was expanded under the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 to include funding for prevention and rapid rehousing services in addition to funding for shelter beds.

“We are thrilled to have received this award that will enhance existing services that help individuals and families quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis,” said Assistant City Manager for Human Services Ellen Semonoff.

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