Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, no family with children under the age of eighteen shall be evicted of removed from public housing, publicly subsidized housing, or a shelter funded in whole or in part with public funds, including a motel or hotel providing emergency shelter, unless and until the Department of Children and Families, in consultation with the Department of Housing and Community Development, has developed and is able to implement a plan to assure that all children under eighteen in the affected family will be housed in some location which is fit for human habitation. All reasonable efforts shall be made to provide that such children remain in the custody of their parents or other caregivers with whom they have been residing.
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