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Can I keep getting child care when my homeless voucher ends?

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

12. What do I do if my homeless voucher “expires” (ends) in 3 months? 

When you first get a homeless voucher, it is only good for 3 months.

You can keep using your homeless voucher after the 3 months if you get a job or go to a school or training program that DTA approves.

You can also keep keep getting child care after 3 months by getting an “income eligible” (low-income) child care voucher or slot.  If you meet the rules for income-eligible child care, you can start getting it right away without having to wait on the wait list.

Your child care will stop after 3 months if:

  1. you do not work and
  2. you do not go to an approved school or training program and
  3. you cannot get income-eligible child care.

13. I can’t work or go to school because I am disabled or my child is disabled. Can I keep getting child care after 3 months? 

Yes.  After you have used the homeless voucher for 3 months, you can switch over to an “income-eligible” (low-income) child care voucher. You will not have to wait on a wait list. Because of your family’s special needs, you will not have to work or go to school. Depending on your income, you may have to pay small co-pays. 

14. Can I keep getting child care after I get housing?

When you move out of a shelter into permanent housing, you have 30 days to decide if you want to keep your homeless voucher. If you want to keep your voucher, tell your DTA worker within 30 days. You can keep your voucher if you:

  • work or go to a school or training program that DTA approves; or
  • meet the income and activity rules for “income-eligible child care.” If you can get “income-eligible child care,” you will get it right away. You will not have to wait on the wait list.

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