The Home Base Program (HomeBASE) is a helpful program offered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to help those who are homeless. In addition to helping you pay for your move-in costs, the program also covers furniture, a monthly rent stipend and more!
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What does the Home Base Program cover?
First and foremost, the Home Base Program is a housing program. It provides assistance with your move-in expenses, including your first month’s rent, last month’s rent and your security deposit.
You may also receive up to $1,000 for furniture such as a refrigerator, beds, cribs, or other items. You may also receive a monthly stipend to help with your first year of rent, utilities, travel costs and other housing-related expenses. It appears that the total cap on benefits from this program is about $4,000, although this figure doesn’t include certain types of assistance.
While you’re involved in the Home Base Program, you’ll have a designated case worker who can help you resolve issues (including issues with your landlord) and connect you to additional helpful services, such as continuing education, child care, or other supportive services.
Who qualifies for the Home Base Program?
Families that qualify for the Emergency Assistance (EA) program qualify for HomeBASE, even if they aren’t already participating in EA.
To qualify for Emergency Assistance, you must meet the following criteria:
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- Be a resident of Massachusetts
- Meet the income limits
- Have needy children under the age of 21 (or be pregnant)
You must also be homeless or facing a housing crisis due to one of the following circumstances:
- No-fault fire, flood, natural disaster or condemnation
- Fleeing domestic violence (current or within last 12 months)
- No-fault eviction
- Child(ren) are exposed to a substantial health and safety risk
How can I apply for the Home Base Program?
If you need to apply for a shelter, call (866) 584-0653 to speak to a Homeless Coordinator.
Otherwise, apply in-person at one of the ten office locations in Massachusetts. They have offices in Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Hyannis, Lawrence, Lowell, New Bedford, Salem, Springfield and Worcester.