Homelessness Prevention Programs

With a cost of living among the highest in the nation, and a median net worth for low-income residents of between $0 and $3,000, homelessness is a reality for far too many residents of Boston. Many of our neighbors are one sickness, layoff, disabled vehicle, or emergency away from receiving an eviction notice and ending up in one of the few remaining shelters in the city. A disruption in housing ripples into and affects the lives of children and parents alike.

To provide families with relief, City Mission has two programs dedicated to homelessness prevention, A Lift Up and the Emergency Needs Network. To learn more about these programs, please contact Lynda Watson, Director of Homelessness Prevention.


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Emergency Needs Network provides urgent help to some of our lowest-income residents in danger of becoming homeless, including those who are unemployed, elderly, and/or disabled. The network is designed to address immediate needs related to housing stability through two key elements: early intervention and limited financial support (when available).


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A Lift Up is an intensive, voluntary two-year homelessness prevention program for low-income single mothers and their families who are at risk of losing their housing. Many families entering the program are at some point in the eviction process.