Sen. Brian A. Joyce joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate to pass a supplemental budget that will provide resources to address a recent rise in homelessness and also allow the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to hire additional caseworkers to ease caseloads following several cases of severe and unacceptable mismanagement within the department.
“I’m pleased to see the state addressing the rise in homeless families living in hotels and motels which is harmful to the families and inefficient for taxpayers. However the inadequate amount of mental health resources has to be addressed as a contributing factor to the state’s rise in homelessness,” said Joyce. “At the same time, DCF’s problems must be immediately addressed to ensure not one single child under the agency’s charge will be lost in the system.”
Joyce cosponsored several amendments to assist homeless families by increasing the amount of rental vouchers available and supporting the Rental Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program which helps families on the verge of homelessness stabilize their housing situation.