HomeBASE: An Exploration into Massachusetts' Policy to Fight Homelessness through a Rapid-Rehousing "Housing First" Approach

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Open Access Capstone

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Master of Science (MS)


In 2011, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development implemented an innovative program to end homelessness in Massachusetts, modeled on the Housing First approach through the national Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), called HomeBASE. This capstone looks at the idea of a short-term housing solution through the lens of HomeBASE and tries to determine if this type of program is a viable solution to ending homelessness in Massachusetts.

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