Governor Healey Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Lack of Shelter Availability in Massachusetts
On August 8, Governor Healey declared that a state of emergency exists in Massachusetts due to rapidly rising numbers of migrant families arriving in the Commonwealth in need of shelter and services - and a severe lack of shelter capacity in the state. The state of emergency will allow the Administration to advocate for federal support to address the need for expanded shelter access and other services.
There are several ways for individuals and companies to support families seeking safety and shelter in Massachusetts right now.
Landlords and property owners are able to fill out this form to indicate their interest in renting units to families experiencing homelessness, including new arrivals to the state. Once submitted, the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities will connect you with a service provider in your region to discuss specific options and lease arrangements. Options can include:
- Renting to families to help them avoid placement into shelter altogether
- Renting or selling to non-profit service providers, who will utilize apartments as shelter sites for families in the Emergency Assistance shelter system
- Renting to families to help them move out of shelter into their own housing.
All families moving into new housing or shelter receive supports from qualified service providers, who can help address any issues that arise, and all families can access $20k in "HomeBASE" rental assistance to cover rent costs.
Owners of hotels and motels are able to respond to an open state bid solicitation to provide shelter at their business.
Accepted donations include wipes, strollers, new car seats, pack-n-plays, diapers (all sizes), formula, powdered milk, toothbrushes and more. You can also make a contribution to the Massachusetts Migrant Families Relief Fund, which supports the work of community-based organizations directly serving those in need.
Thank you for your consideration and support.
NAIOP Massachusetts, The Commercial Real Estate Development Association