State seeks stable housing for homeless living in Waltham motel

Category: Repair Bad Credit Published: Wednesday, 22 June 2016 Written by Admin
Page 3 of 4 - Farrell said MBHP will offer motel tenants support in looking for a new home, and teach them how to navigate the complicated bureaucracy of applying for public and private housing and benefits. He said they help families to repair bad credit and give referrals to job training programs.
Rivera said some residents find housing quickly, while others languish. She said Matos was one of the most dedicated to finding housing, filling out numerous applications.
One day, Matos filled out 20 applications. Overall, she filled out more than 200 housing applications over eight months, well over the 10-20 recommended a month.
The place that ultimately took her selected Matos through a lottery. She sent in an application in December of last year. This January, she got a call back, and by February, she had moved in. Now, she pays a certain percentage of her wages to cover rent.
Matos also found work at a hair salon and will start taking English classes in August.
Finding a solution
Robert Torres, the director of community engagement at Urban Edge, said the three non-profits had overlapping services and were at times working with the same populations, but weren#x2019;t working in collaboration. He said this grant allows the three organizations to better help clients by streamlining services and creating a more cohesive and comprehensive plan.
Farrell said that prior to the collaborative program, which is still in the final stages of being implemented, families had to get medical, financial and housing assistance from different entities. By bringing the non-profit group closer together, it gives families a more holistic and efficient approach to bettering their lives.
#x201c;Many of these families have been traumatized by this homeless process. The fewer times they have to tell their story to people, the easier it is on them,#x201d; Farrell added.
In terms of why such collaboration didn#x2019;t come about prior to the grant, Torres said there were a number of reasons.
#x201c;Different funding streams provide services for a short period of time, programs change and different families come in and out at different times,#x201d; he said. #x201c;This allows us to all get together at the same time.#x201d;
Torres said Urban Edge has a special online tool that screens families for the public benefits they are eligible for. He said on average, 30 percent of the families they assist leave money on the table in the form of benefits, which can be as much as $1,800 to $2,100 for a low income family.
#x201c;Helping a family to maximize their income is essential,#x201d; he said.
MBHP has been working with families placed in motel shelters since 2009 and has highlighted the connection between health and housing.

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