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Boston Housing Authority, nonprofit housing agency provide homes to 185 families

The Boston Housing Authority and the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, a regional nonprofit, have collaborated to provide permanent homes to 185 families, the agencies said Thursday.

Many of the families have been homeless, living in motels, or receiving a rental stipend from a state program that helps families in need.

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“Providing a safe and sound home for families is the first step toward getting people back on their feet in these tough economic times, and it’s the least we can do as a society,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “I’m mindful that much work remains to abolish homelessness in our city.”

A total of 200 families were approved for the placement in permanent housing, and the remaining 15 families are expected to be accommodated as soon as apartments in the authority’s public housing program are available, the agencies said in a joint statement.

Lydia Agro, a spokeswoman for the housing authority, said that in late 2011 referrals for the families began coming in.

A case manager with the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership will work with each family to create a plan to remain in the new living situation long-term, the agencies said.

“We’re very pleased, especially in these tough economic times, to be able to continue to house homeless families in need,” said Bill McGonagle, administrator for the housing authority. “We work diligently every day to continue to house as many families as we can, but there is still much to be done.”

Derek J. Anderson can be reached at derek.anderson@
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