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Child Care for Homeless Families

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and Greater Boston Legal Services
Created May 2009

If you are homeless, you may be able to get free or low-cost child care.

If you can get a “homeless voucher”:

  1. your child care will be free,
  2. your free child care can be full-time if you need it, and
  3. you can get child care as soon as you need it. You do not have to wait.

Homeless vouchers usually pay for child care at a licensed family and daycare center.

Sometimes DTA lets people use homeless vouchers to pay for a relative or friend to babysit. This is called “informal child care.” If you want to use your voucher for informal child care, talk to your DTA worker or your local legal services program.  There are rules about who can be an “informal child care provider” and the pay is very low.

If you cannot get a homeless voucher for child care you may be able to get an income eligible voucher. Keep reading to find out more about getting childcare.

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