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Children’s HealthWatch Report Highlights Strategies to Support Families’ Housing Stability


In May 2019, Children’s HealthWatch released Pathways to Stable Homes, which provides policy recommendations to address the needs of children and families who are living in poverty and are at risk of becoming homelessness.

This report summarizes the feedback from a diverse group of stakeholders, including service providers, advocates, and families with lived experience on solutions that work to support families. The authors identified access to childcare subsidies, eviction prevention, and Earned Income Tax Credit expansion as three policies that the state of Massachusetts could work on to help working families.

The report highlights the following policy recommendations to help support families who are living in poverty and at risk of losing their homes. These include:

  • Ensuring that children have access to child care by
    • 1) eliminating the childcare subsidy waitlist and implementing universal access to high quality child care, and
    • 2) reducing co-payment fees for children to not exceed seven percent of a household’ income for families with income above the 100 percent federal poverty limit.
  • Increasing Massachusetts’ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) match to 50% of the federal credit.
  • Expanding access to eviction prevention programs for families who fall on hard times and are at risk of being evicted from their homes.

Click here to read the report.


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