Interview with Aaron Gornstein, undersecretary of the Mass Dept of Housing and Community Development. Gornstein is charged with expanding affordable housing and reducing homelessness.
Globe reporter Jenifer B. McKim spoke with him about his first year on the job and his forecast for 2013.
Q: Last month, you announced plans to phase out, by June, 2014, the costly and controversial program that houses homeless families in motels at a hefty cost to taxpayers. Is that really possible?
A: I’m optimistic we will be able to do this. We are intensely focused on reducing the number of families having to stay in motels and hotels. This has served as our overflow shelter system. We are going to be working with families on housing plans as well as with our providers to free up affordable housing units and using resources the Legislature provided to us.