Which families experiencing homeless are eligible for EA?

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed October 2022

EA is available for some:

  • children under age 21 who are experiencing homelessness as well as their families, including parents, stepparents, other close relatives or legal guardians who are primary caretakers of the child/ren, and/or
  • pregnant people at any stage of pregnancy who are experiencing homelessness, and the pregnant person’s spouse. See 760 CMR 67.02(1),

who meet financial and other eligibility rules. See:


DHCD has said that you do not need to be married to qualify as a “spouse” or “step-parent”; they can include persons with whom the parent or pregnant person is “involved as a couple in an inter-dependent relationship that is intended to be long-term.” See Housing Stabilization Notice 2011-02.

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