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Use money spent on motels for affordable housing instead

JENIFER B. MCKIM’S article on the use of motels to temporarily house homeless families highlights a great challenge facing the state (“State to end placing of homeless in motels,” Page A1, Jan. 2).

Last year the Commonwealth spent over $45 million to place families in motels, costing nearly $3,000 per family per month with average stays of eight to 12 months. Motels are not the solution to homelessness. This $45 million would be better spent on proven solutions such as homelessness prevention, short-term housing assistance, and affordable housing.

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