New RAFT Intake Hours & Locations

RCAP Solutions has reinstated its intake and orientation for RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) applicants.

Our new hours are:

  • Tuesdays:  9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Thursdays:  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Office hours are located at our Worcester office, 12 East Worcester Street, 2nd Floor, Worcester.

Starting Monday, August 14th, we will be expanding our intake hours to include additional locations throughout Central Mass.

The expanded hours and locations are provided by our housing counselors in order to better serve the growing needs of our clients.

The RAFT Program is a homelessness prevention program funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). RAFT provides short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. For more information, visit http://www.mass.gov/hed/housing/stabilization/residential-assistance-for-families-in-transition.html

RAFT Services Suspended

Please be advised that RCAP Solutions, Inc. is temporarily suspending intake and orientation for RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) applicants until further notice. We will most likely not resume taking applications prior to the start of the next fiscal year (July 1st) unless additional funds become available. At this juncture we have expended/committed all FY’17 funds available.

Please be advised that all applicants who have applied prior to the shut down and were not approved will need to begin the process again when we re-open in July.

 

For more information, please contact:

Tracey Weeden, Director of Counseling & Homeless Services

12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA 01604

Phone: 978-630-6741, Email: tweeden@rcapsolutions.org

 

We apologize for any inconvenience.

RAFT Hours Canceled Due to Storm

Due to the impending storm, RCAP Solutions will be canceling RAFT hours tomorrow: Thursday, February 9, 2017.

We will resume RAFT Intake on Friday, February 10 at 9 AM.

RAFT intake is available in our Worcester Office (located at 12 East Worcester Street, 2nd Floor, Worcester) at the following times:

Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Thursday: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

New Report: State Program Keeps Worcester County Families Housed, Saves Commonwealth Millions Every Year

RCAP Solutions praises the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition program

Nov. 22, 2016 (Worcester) – This past year, the state’s largest family homelessness prevention program kept 300 families out of emergency shelter, and in doing so saved Massachusetts $10.3 million.

A report released this week, called “RAFT 2015-2016: Residential Assistance for Families in Transition in Worcester County,” takes a look at RAFT and how it helped families in Worcester County in fiscal 2015 and 2016. The report – from the Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts and RCAP Solutions – shows the value of the program, not only in how many families are diverted from emergency shelter every year but also in the economic savings for the commonwealth.

The Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program helps families with very low and extremely low incomes who are on the verge of becoming homeless. The majority of these clients are women in their 30s with two children, the report shows.

“My life was collapsing slowly, I had no hope,” said Tracy, an RCAP Solutions RAFT client. “I couldn’t imagine doing it on my own. [Now] my children and I are in a happy place.  We are thankful for RCAP Solutions – they have helped my family and me tremendously. With everything, they gave me hope; they gave me the strength to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to the RAFT program my family is complete and we were given a second chance of being happy, reunited. We are complete.”

RAFT clients – who apply for help at RCAP Solutions or one of 10 other housing agencies statewide – can receive up to $4,000 annually to help stave off homelessness. Although they can use the aid from year to year, most do not: less than one percent of RAFT users (only two out of 300 clients), in 2016 had received aid the year prior, demonstrating how effective RAFT is at keeping people housed.

After deemed eligible, families use the flexible RAFT benefits to stay stably housed, by helping to pay for housing needs such as back rent, utility bills, child care, start-up rental expenses, moving costs and more.

“RAFT is vitally important in helping families in danger of losing their homes,” stated Karen A. Koller, President & CEO of RCAP Solutions. “This report shows that it is dramatically less expensive to help families maintain their housing and to avoid the emergency shelter system once a family becomes homeless.  RAFT is critical in helping families remain in safe, affordable housing and as a result, experiencing fewer traumas and retaining their dignity.”

If RAFT were not available, the state could expect to pay $36,855 a year to keep a family sheltered for an average stay of 10 and a half months; in 2016 in the RCAP Solutions service area, it would’ve cost the commonwealth $11,056,500. RAFT aid payments only cost $800,707 by comparison.

For more information, contact Maegen McCaffrey, Chief Communications Officer at 617.974.2579 or mmccaffrey@rcapsolutions.org.

To vew the full Worcester county report click here: RCAP Solutions RAFT Report

To view the statewide report click here: RAFT in Mass 2016

About RCAP Solutions, Inc.

RCAP Solutions has been helping people throughout central Massachusetts with a wide range of housing and supportive services since 1969. Our mission is to foster personal and public self-reliance and improve the quality of life for individuals, families and the communities in which they live. RCAP Solutions is the Worcester County affiliate of The Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts and the Northeast affiliate to the national RCAP (Rural Community Assistance Partnership) Network. For more information, please visit www.rcapsolutions.org.

About The Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts

The Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts has worked on a regional level to address the needs of constituents for 38 years. Network members – Berkshire Housing Development Corporation, Community Teamwork Inc., Franklin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, HAPHousing, Housing Assistance Corporation, Housing Solutions for Southeastern Massachusetts, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership Inc., RCAP Solutions Inc. and South Middlesex Opportunity Council Inc. – cover the commonwealth and are available to all 351 cities and towns for assistance with housing development, management and policy setting. All of this is in addition to the network’s core work of implementing and managing innovative and traditional housing programs designed to assist people of all income levels. Learn more at www.regionalhousing.net.

To learn more about the statewide RAFT program contact the RHN at pbyrnes@regionalhousing.net.

RCAP Re-Opening RAFT Intake

family-house-hands-Great News!

 

RCAP has received an additional award for the RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) Program. This is great news for the citizens in need of assistance in Worcester County!!

We will reopen our doors for RAFT intake in our Worcester Office effective this Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. until the funds are committed.

We will resume our regular intake schedule until further notice:

Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Thursday: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

For more information, please contact:
Bill Minkle, MS, Executive Vice President, RCAP Solutions, Inc.
12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: 978-630-6709, bminkle@rcapsolutions.org

RCAP Solutions Temporarily Suspending RAFT Applications

Please be advised that RCAP Solutions, Inc. is temporarily suspending intake and orientation for RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) applicants until further notice.  We will most likely not resume taking applications prior to the start of the next fiscal year (July 1st) unless additional funds become available.  At this juncture we have expended/committed all FY’16 funds available.

In the meantime all RAFT applicants are being referred to the Central Mass. Housing Alliance (CMHA), located at 6 Institute Road, Worcester, MA.  Phone: 508-791-7265 or 508-752-5519. www.cmhaonline.org.

For more information, please contact:
Bill Minkle, MS, Executive Vice President, RCAP Solutions, Inc.
12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: 978-630-6709, Cell: 978-660-5294
Fax 508-792-5427, eFax: 698-630-6698