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Monday, March 21, 2011

ECM supports Mass Rental Voucher Program

Continuing in the work to end homelessness in Massachusetts, ECM has again joined the Housing Solutions Campaign to support the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP). This program provides low income families, elders and people with disabilities with assistance in paying rent. ECM has supported this program since its inception and will continue to do so until we see an end to the homeless crisis in this state.

The current request for this year's budget is for $38.2 million for the program. This funding will preserve the current 5,000 households that are utilizing a voucher to remain housed. If we were to lose some of these vouchers, we would see another spike in homelessness, something that the state can not afford and we can not morally stand for.

Currently the state is housing over 6,000 homeless families and individuals in shelters and motels, and the numbers are continuing to rise. The average cost of an MRVP is $600 per month while the average cost of shelter is $3,000 per month! We know that these families and individuals want to be in their own homes, rather than in a shelter, and we believe it is our moral obligation to support programs that will keep them there. Please support us in this work.

To learn more about MRVP and to see a list of supporting organizations click here.

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