Currently, the Massachusetts shelter system is at capacity. According to recent coverage by WBUR, the Massachusetts emergency shelter system is the most strained it has been since the 1983 “Right to Shelter” law was passed. The number of families in the emergency shelter system increased dramatically from 2022 to 2023. In December, the Massachusetts homeless shelter system reached its capacity of 7,500 families (about 24,000 individuals) utilizing current funding and service provider resources. Those seeking shelter now must be waitlisted until additional funding is provided from the federal government. Families face uncertainty and instability due to homelessness, which is exacerbated by the lack of access to these vital resources. Families waiting to receive emergency shelter remain unsettled, as while the state’s supplemental budget funding for this project has been allocated, plans for an overflow site are yet to be determined.

Lend A Hand Society plays an important role providing financial assistance to those at risk of losing their housing. During this time of giving, we are thankful for the generosity of our donors, who make it possible for us to support our partner organizations. Through our joint efforts, case managers can assist their clients who have fallen behind on bills such as rent, electricity, or heat. Making a donation today allows us to help our neighbors in need get back on their feet.