In addition to providing shelter, affordable housing, and transition services, Emmaus seeks to prevent homelessness by placing individuals and families in stable housing.
The Housing Stabilization program was originally established as the Housing Assistance Program in 2000 with funding from the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance. Prior to this time, a housing search worker on staff at Emmaus House helped homeless families find permanent housing.
The Housing Stabilization program utilizes Emmaus’ extensive network of local landlords, housing authorities, and low-income housing projects, as well as more than 150 service providers. Emmaus ranks at the top among shelter providers in Massachusetts for housing placements, helping more than 150 families a year find housing.
Emmaus’ Housing Services program has since expanded to include a Housing Information Services and Rental Assistance Program for people living with HIV and AIDS. The program provides tens of thousands of dollars a year in rental assistance funding and housing information services.