Category Archives: Resources

RAFT Available NOW and New Access in Hampshire County

DHCD has clarified its policy so any remaining RAFT dollars for FY18 can be spent on EITHER families and individuals (previously only funding for individuals had remained).
In order for these funds to be utilized before June 30, applications must be submitted ASAP.
For Hampden County residents, they should go to the Way Finders office in Springfield at 322 Main Street, anytime between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm.
For Hampshire County residents, they should go to Hampshire County Housing Court, 116 Russell Street, Hadley on Monday, June 4, from 9 am until close of business where Way Finders staff will be present to assist with applications.
Please click here for the English flyer and here for the Spanish flyer, both of which outline the documents needed so applicants can be prepared and get their application processed as quickly as possible.

NEW Prevention/Re-Housing Funds Available through June 30!

Two pieces of good news on newly available resources (also click here for easy print and reference):

  1. RAFT homelessness prevention funds are now available for single individuals at risk of homelessness, including unaccompanied homeless youth, people with disabilities and the elderly.  To apply for resources, contact:

Hampden/Hampshire CountyWay Finders413-233-1600
Franklin County:  Franklin Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, contact Amanda Watson at 413-863-9781 x 150
Berkshire CountyBerkshire Housing Development Corporation413-499-1630 

  1. Network re-housing and prevention fundsare now available through its FY18 $125,000 earmark that finally came through (huge thanks to our Western MA legislators for making it happen)!  We are able to use virtually all of the funds for direct financial assistance.  Please read below for a list of the resources and the way to access them.

Hampden County

Catholic Charities: Contact Laura Robertson, 413-452-0605

  • Rapid rehousing/prevention for 5-10 homeless/imminent risk households not eligible for EA or RAFT (may be families or individuals).
  • Security deposits to 8-15 participants in the Springfield Housing Authority Chronic program, enabling them to move from current apartments and free those units up for current chronically homeless persons

Gandara Center: Contact the SHINE program at 413-654-1554

  • Rental subsidies for 7 transition-age youth, ages 18-24, phased in between March – June, 2018

Three County – Hampshire, Franklin Berkshire Counties

Community Action: Call the Community Resources and Advocacy Program at one of four locations:

Greenfield: 413-475-1570
Northampton: 413-582-4237
Orange: 978-544-8091
Ware: 413-967-4920

  • Prevention funds that can be used for rent arrears, utility shut-off prevention or for move-in if the household must move and has located a new apartment. Households must be sustainable. Individuals and families at risk of homelessness are eligible if they earn up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (HH1: $24,280, HH2: $32,920, HH3 $41,560, HH4: 50,200

DIAL/SELF: Contact Kelsey Wessels at

  • Flexible funds to preserve at-risk tenancies or cover move-in expenses for 7-10 youth/young adults 24 years of age and under.

Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority: Contact the Intake, Assessment and Screening Center 413-499-1630

  • Flexible financial assistance for families and individuals who are at-risk of homelessness.  Eligible uses may include: first/last month’s rent, security deposit, rent arrears, utility start-up costs, or other uses that will result in greater housing stability.