Funding to help families and vets find housing

HAP Housing, Better Homes Inc., and Berkshire Fund to receive funding

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The $15-million funding announced Friday will be split among 15 supportive housing programs across Massachusetts.

In western Massachusetts, HAP Housing is one of those programs that will benefit. Better Homes Inc., also in Springfield and the Berkshire Fund in Pittsfield will see some money coming in as well.

The funding will be used to build and offer new affordable housing units to veterans, homeless families and low-income families, but this program does more than just provide rental vouchers. It’ll also connect families to counseling and education services, so they can eventually become independent and find their own permanent homes.

President of HAP Housing Peter Gagliardi told 22News, “It really becomes an opportunity to address perhaps the issues that have kept them from going further on their own and open doors. With the support of our stabilization staff, we’ve seen a lot of them able to complete preparations for employment and to be placed in a job and to keep the job.”

Families are encouraged to contact the rental assistance program at Hap Housing to learn more about this program.

Gov. Patrick hopes increasing access to affordable housing and jobs training will help end family homelessness.

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