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Nonprofit’s report tracks costs of evictions

With help from HomeStart, Josephine Pizziferri was able to keep her family in their Jamaica Plain apartment.
With help from HomeStart, Josephine Pizziferri was able to keep her family in their Jamaica Plain apartment.Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

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The state could reduce homelessness and save millions in shelter and other costs by finding ways to prevent evictions from public and subsidized housing, according to new report by a nonprofit housing group.

The report by HomeStart Inc., in conjunction with the Boston Housing Authority, tracked the group’s efforts to intervene in evictions from public housing and stop them by paying back rent and providing financial counseling to poor families. HomeStart has prevented more than 500 evictions from Boston Housing Authority properties since 2010, not only saving families from homelessnes, but producing significant savings for taxpayers.

In the first year alone, the program saved the Boston Housing Authority $365,000 in eviction-related costs. “We talk about curing homelessness,” said Linda Wood-Boyle, executive director of HomeStart.

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