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State wants to end practice of housing homeless individuals in motels

By: Alicia Freese. Reposted from, February 10, 2013. “Faced with soaring costs and concerns that the program is being abused, the state wants to shut the door on the practice of housing homeless individuals in motels. Motels are the department’s fallback option when people without financial resources need temporary housing and shelters are full. The change would be considerable — nearly half the hotel vouchers the Department for Children and Families gives out go to single individuals, according to DCF Commissioner Dave Yacavone. In 2009, the department expanded its eligibility requirements to allow individuals to access hotels or motels through what’s called the Temporary Assistance program. Prior to that, only families and individuals in “catastrophic” situations like floods or fires could get hotel vouchers…”

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