In July 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
created a temporary rental subsidy program titled Flex Funds. Flex Funds temporary
rental subsidies are only available to families who are eligible for temporary emergency
family shelter through the Emergency Assistance program. Beginning August 1, 2011,
DHCD began issuing similar temporary subsidies called HomeBASE. Both programs are
wholly funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and both programs use income as
a factor of eligibility.
Exclude any rental subsidies from either the Flex Flunds or HomeBASE program as assistance
based on need.