State: More families moving out of motels

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 22News I-Team has new information tonight on efforts to move homeless families out of hotels and motels in our area.

The Massachusetts Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development announced the number of families living in motels has dropped by about 20% since its peak in December when there were two thousand people living in them.

HAP Housing in Springfield says locally, they’ve been working with community partners to find affordable housing but they’re hoping the state will be able to increase funding as well.

Lauren Voyer, Senior Vice President, HAP Housing, support services, told the I-Team, “We’re really advocating right now for the state budget to include funding for more shelter expansion so there are ongoing efforts right now to locate addition places for us to set up residential resource centers.”

22News called the state to find out how many families are still in Western Massachusetts hotels, we are still waiting for a call back.

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