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letters | STATE FACES CHALLENGES IN SERVING THE HOMELESS

It’s crucial to shift toward permanent housing

Yvonne Abraham’s column (“A safety net that leaves them out,” Page A1, Oct. 7) highlights the need for thoughtful assessment of families seeking housing through Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development programs. It is important, however, not to let an admittedly tragic situation that the column describes diminish the valuable contribution that the recently redesigned system has made to help bring an end to family homelessness in Massachusetts.

Some families clearly need emergency shelter, some may be able to turn to family or other resources in the community, and some are ready for more permanent housing choices. The department’s flexible array of programs helps us and each family to put a housing plan into action and to connect the family to critical support services that will help them sustain their housing.

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