Governor Baker's FY'18 House 1 budget proposals on homelessness + related issues
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Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless Initial Analyis of Governor Baker's House 1 Budget for Fiscal Year 2018
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AccountDescription
2017 General Appropriations Act
FY 2017 Anticipated Spending
FY 2018 House 1
Governor's Comment
Coalition's CommentBudget Text
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1599-0017
End Family Homelessness Reserve Fund
$ -$1,000,000.00$1,000,000.00Proposed level funding
End Family Homelessness Reserve Fund
For a homelessness prevention reserve at the executive office of health and human services; provided, that funds shall be used to provide tailored and flexible short-term assistance to families that are homeless with a goal of rapid housing stabilization; provided further, that the funds may be used for prevention, diversion, or stabilization; provided further, that the secretary of health and human services may transfer from this item amounts necessary to meet any costs associated with the purposes of this item; and provided further, that the department may enter into interagency service agreements as needed
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4000-0007
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Services
$1,000,000.00$2,000,000.00$2,000,000.00Proposed level funding
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Services
For housing and supportive services for unaccompanied youth pursuant to section 16X of chapter 6A of the General Laws
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4403-2000
Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children Grant Pmt
$191,215,716.00$186,565,702.00$148,287,920.00
Decreased funding to support projected costs.
Negative proposal to count SSI benefits of parents toward family eligibility, anticipated caseload decrease of 7,000 households from that change and other causes (anticipate that 5,800 families will be directly impacted by the SSI proposal)
Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children Grant Pmt
For the operation of a program of transitional aid to families with dependent children; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, benefits under the program shall be paid only to citizens of the United States and to non-citizens for whom federal funds may be used to provide benefits; provided further, that the need standard shall be equal to the standard in effect in fiscal year 2017 unless the department determines that a reduction in the monthly payment standard should be implemented before the end of the fiscal year to keep program expenditures within the amounts appropriated in this item; provided further, that the payment standard shall be equal to the need standard; provided further, that the payment standard for families who do not qualify for an exempt category of assistance under subsection (e) of section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995 shall be 2.75 per cent below the payment standard, under the state plan required under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996; provided further, that notwithstanding section 218 of chapter 149 of the acts of 2004, recipients whose youngest child of record is of the age at which full time schooling is mandatory or older shall be required to participate in 30 hours per week of a work-related activity; provided further, that the department of transitional assistance shall notify all teen parents receiving benefits from the programs of the requirements in clause (2) of subsection (i) of said section 110 of said chapter 5; provided further, that a $40 per month rent allowance shall be paid to all households incurring a rent or mortgage expense and not residing in public housing or subsidized housing; provided further, that a non-recurring children's clothing allowance of $250 shall be provided to each child eligible under these programs in September 2017; provided further, that the children's clothing allowance may be included in the standard of need for the month of September 2017; provided further, that benefits under this program shall not be available to those families in which a child has been removed from the household under a court order after a care and protection hearing on child abuse, nor to adult recipients otherwise eligible for transitional aid to families with dependent children but for the temporary removal of the dependent child or children from the home by the department of children and families in accordance with that department's procedures; provided further, that notwithstanding section 2 of chapter 118 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the department shall render aid to pregnant women with no other eligible dependent children only if it has been medically verified that the child is expected to be born within the month these payments are to be made or within the 3 month period following the month of payment, and who, if the child had been born and was living with her in the month of payment, would be categorically and financially eligible for transitional aid to families with dependent children benefits; provided further, that certain families that suffer a reduction in benefits due to a loss of earned income and participation in retrospective budgeting may receive a supplemental benefit to compensate them for this loss; and provided further, that the department may review and revise its disability standards to reflect current medical and vocational criteria
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4408-1000
Emergency Aid to the Elderly Disabled and Children
$79,170,972.00$79,395,916.00$78,721,989.00
Proposed slight decrease; maintains grant reductions for people experiencing homelessness
Emergency Aid to the Elderly Disabled and Children
For a program of cash assistance to certain residents of the commonwealth, entitled emergency aid to the elderly, disabled and children found by the department to be eligible for the aid under chapter 117A of the General Laws and regulations promulgated by the department and subject to the limitations of appropriation therefore; provided, that benefits under this item shall only be provided to residents who are citizens of the United States or qualified aliens or non-citizens otherwise permanently residing in the United States under color of law; provided further, that benefits shall not be provided to illegal or undocumented aliens; provided further, that the individual shall not be a subject to sponsor income deeming or related restrictions; provided further, that the payment standard shall equal the payment standard in effect under the general relief program in fiscal year 1991; provided further, that the department may provide benefits to persons age 65 or older who have applied for benefits under chapter 118A of the General Laws, to persons suffering from a medically-determinable impairment or combination of impairments which is expected to last for a period as determined by department regulations and which substantially reduces or eliminates such individuals' capacity to support themselves and which has been verified by a competent authority, to certain persons caring for a disabled person, to otherwise eligible participants in the vocational rehabilitation program of the Massachusetts rehabilitation commission and to dependent children who are ineligible for benefits under both chapter 118 of the General Laws and the separate program created by section 210 of chapter 43 of the acts of 1997 and parents or other caretakers of dependent children who are ineligible under said chapter 118 and under said separate program; provided further, that no ex-offender, person over age 45 without a prior work history or person in a residential treatment facility shall be eligible for benefits under this program unless the person otherwise meets the eligibility criteria described in this item and defined by regulations of the department; provided further, that no person incarcerated in a correctional institution shall be eligible for benefits under the program; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for the payment of expenses associated with any medical review team, other disability screening process or costs associated with verifying disability for this program; provided further, that in promulgating, amending or rescinding its regulations with respect to eligibility or benefits, including the payment standard, medical benefits and any other benefits under this program, the department shall take into account the amounts available to it for expenditure by this item so as not to exceed the amount appropriated in this item; and provided further, that reimbursements collected from the Social Security Administration on behalf of former clients of the emergency aid to the elderly, disabled and children program or unprocessed payments from the program that are returned to the department shall be credited to the General Fund
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7004-0101
Emergency Assistance Family Shelters and Services
$155,533,948.00$178,941,843.00$164,696,546.00
Proposed funding decrease; does not expand eligibility to include families that have not yet stayed in places not meant for human habitation
Emergency Assistance Family Shelters and Services
For certain expenses of the emergency housing assistance program pursuant to section 30 of chapter 23B of the General Laws; provided, that eligibility shall be limited to families with incomes at or below 115 per cent of the 2016 or later-issued higher federal poverty level; provided further, that any family whose income exceeds 115 per cent of the federal poverty level while the family is receiving assistance funded by this item shall not become ineligible for assistance due to exceeding the income limit for a period of 6 months from the date that the income level was exceeded; provided further, that families who are eligible for assistance through a temporary emergency family shelter shall include: (i) families who are at risk of domestic abuse in their current housing situation or who are homeless because they fled domestic violence and have not had access to safe, permanent housing since leaving the housing situation that they fled; (ii) families who, through no fault of their own, are homeless due to fire, flood or natural disaster; (iii) families who, through no fault of their own, have been subject to eviction from their most recent housing due to: (a) foreclosure; (b) condemnation; (c) conduct by a guest or former household member who is not part of the household seeking emergency shelter and over whose conduct the remaining household members had no control; or (d) nonpayment of rent caused by a documented medical condition or diagnosed disability or caused by a documented loss of income within the last 12 months directly as a result of a change in household composition or a loss of income source through no fault of the family; and (iv) families who are in a housing situation where they are not the primary lease holder or who are in a housing situation not meant for human habitation and where there is a substantial health and safety risk to the family that is likely to result in significant harm should the family remain in such housing situation; provided further, that the health and safety risk shall be determined by the department of children and families through risk assessments; provided further, that a family who receives emergency housing assistance due to domestic abuse shall be connected to the appropriate social service agency; provided further, that temporary assistance under this item shall be terminated upon the offer of available housing or other assistance sufficient to maintain or stabilize housing; provided further, that a family may not decline an offer for available housing if the offer adequately accommodates the size and disabilities of the family and the new housing placement would not result in a job loss for the client; provided further, that any family who declines an adequate offer of available housing or other assistance sufficient to maintain or stabilize housing shall become ineligible for assistance from this item; provided further, that families receiving benefits under this item shall have 30 per cent of their income set aside in a savings account, subject to reasonable exceptions as set forth in departmental regulations; provided further, that the amount saved shall be exempt from otherwise applicable asset limits; provided further, that the family may withdraw the amount placed in savings upon transition to permanent housing or losing eligibility for shelter services; provided further, that families receiving emergency assistance shall receive housing search assistance that attempts to facilitate a sustainable housing placement within 16 weeks of entry into the emergency assistance shelter, motel or hotel; provided further, that families receiving assistance for longer than 32 weeks shall have an executable shelter exit plan that facilitates a housing placement in a new sustainable tenancy or a safe residence, including, but not limited to, a placement for which the family is not the primary lease holder, as soon as possible; provided further, that benefits under this item shall be provided only to residents of the commonwealth who are citizens of the United States or aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence or otherwise permanently residing under the color of the law in the United States; provided further, that as part of departmental efforts to prevent abuse of the emergency assistance program, the department shall enter into a wage match agreement with the department of revenue; provided further, that eligibility for shelter by an otherwise eligible family shall not be impaired by prior receipt of any non-shelter benefit; provided further, that an eligible household that is approved for shelter placement shall be placed in a shelter as close as possible to the household's home community unless a household requests otherwise; provided further, that if the closest available placement is not within 20 miles of the household's home community, the household shall be transferred to an appropriate shelter within 20 miles of its home community at the earliest possible date unless the household requests otherwise; provided further, that the department shall notify local school departments of the placement of a family in its district within 5 days of placement; provided further, that the department shall make every effort to ensure that children receiving services from this item shall continue attending school in the community in which they lived prior to receiving services funded from this item; provided further, that the department shall use its best efforts to ensure that a family placed by the emergency housing assistance program shall be provided with access to refrigeration and basic cooking facilities; provided further, that if a family with a child under the age of 3 is placed in a hotel or motel, the department shall ensure that the hotel or motel provides a crib, which meets all state and federal safety codes, for each such child under the age of 3; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department shall immediately provide shelter for up to 30 days to families who appear to be eligible for such shelter based on statements provided by the family and any other information in the possession of the department, but who need additional time to obtain any third-party verifications reasonably required by the department; provided further, that such shelter benefits received under the preceding proviso shall not render a family ineligible under any regulation which provides that a family who previously received shelter is ineligible for shelter benefits for a period of 12 months; provided further, that families receiving such shelter benefits who are found ineligible for continuing shelter benefits shall be eligible for aid pending a timely appeal pursuant to said chapter 23B of the General Laws; provided further, that the department shall not impose unreasonable requirements for third-party verifications and shall accept verifications from a family whenever reasonable; provided further, that this item shall be subject to appropriation and, in the event of a deficiency, nothing in this item shall give rise to or shall be construed as giving rise to any enforceable right or entitlement to services in excess of the amounts appropriated in this item; provided further, that no funds shall be expended for personnel or administrative costs; provided further, that no funds shall be expended for costs associated with the homeless management information system; provided further, that the department shall endeavor to convert scattered site units to congregate units and, as allowed by demand, reduce the overall number of shelter beds through the reduction of scattered site units; and provided further, that funds may be expended for expenses incurred as a result of families being housed in hotels due to the unavailability of contracted shelter beds
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7004-0102
Homeless Individuals Assistance
$45,485,000.00$44,835,000.00$45,180,000.00
Proposed slight increase from anticipated FY'17 spending
Homeless Individuals Assistance
For the homelessness program to assist individuals who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, including assistance to organizations that provide shelter, transitional housing and services that help individuals avoid entry into shelter or successfully exit shelter; provided, that no organization providing services to the homeless shall receive less than an average per bed, per night rate of $25; provided further, that the department may allocate funds to other agencies for the program; provided further, that no funds shall be expended for costs associated with the homeless management information system; and provided further, that programs that currently provide shelter may renegotiate how they will use their shelter funds, with the agreement of the department and the host cities or towns, to provide alternative services that have proven to be effective including housing first and rapid rehousing models
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7004-0104
Home and Healthy for Good Program
$2,000,000.00$2,000,000.00$2,000,000.00
Proposed level funding; maintains earmark for LGBT young adults
Home and Healthy for Good Program
For the home and healthy for good program operated by the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance for the purpose of reducing the incidence of chronic homelessness in the commonwealth; provided, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to continue a supportive housing initiative for unaccompanied homeless young adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning; and provided further, that the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance shall be solely responsible for the administration of this program
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7004-0108HomeBASE$31,943,664.00$31,943,664.00$31,079,696.00
Proposed funding decrease
HomeBASE
For a program of short-term housing assistance to help families eligible for temporary emergency shelter under item 7004-0101 in addressing obstacles to maintaining or securing housing; provided, that the assistance provided under this item shall include not less than 12 months of housing stabilization and economic self-sufficiency case management services for each family receiving benefits hereunder; provided further, that no other assistance from this item shall exceed $8,000 in a 12-month period; provided further, that a family shall not receive more than a combined sum of $8,000 in a 12-month period from this item and item 7004-9316; provided further, that so long as they meet the requirements of their housing stabilization plan, a family that received household assistance pursuant to this item whose income exceeds 50 per cent of area median income shall not become ineligible for assistance due to exceeding the income limit for a period of 6 months from the date that the 50 per cent level was exceeded; provided further, that the department shall take all steps necessary to enforce regulations to prevent abuse in HomeBASE, including a wage match agreement with the department of revenue; provided further, that a family that was terminated from the program or did not make a good faith effort to follow its housing stabilization plan during the term of its assistance shall be ineligible for benefits pursuant to item 7004-0101 and this item for 24 months from the last date the family received assistance pursuant to item 7004-0101 and this item, including housing stabilization and economic self-sufficiency case management services; provided further, that a family's housing stabilization plan shall adequately accommodate the ages and disabilities of the family members; provided further, that no family with a head of household who is over 60 years of age or who is disabled, who is in compliance with the requirements of a housing stabilization plan that reasonably accommodates disabilities, and who otherwise meets all program eligibility requirements shall be denied short-term housing assistance; provided further, that any such family with a head of household who is over 60 years of age or who is disabled shall not have engaged in, or be engaged in, any activity that threatens the health, safety or security of the family, other program participants or program staff; provided further, that families receiving benefits under this program who are found ineligible for continuing benefits shall be eligible for aid pending a timely appeal pursuant to chapter 23B of the General Laws; provided further, that families who are denied assistance pursuant to this item may appeal that denial pursuant to said chapter 23B, including subsection (F) of section 30 of said chapter 23B and regulations adopted to implement said chapter 23B; provided further, that benefits under this item shall only be provided to residents of the commonwealth who are citizens of the United States or aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence or otherwise permanently residing under color of the law in the United States; provided further, that the department, as a condition of continued eligibility for assistance pursuant to this program, may require disclosure of social security numbers by all members of a family receiving assistance hereunder for use in verification of income with other agencies, departments and executive offices; provided further, that if a family member fails to provide a social security number for use in verifying the family's income and eligibility, then the family shall no longer be eligible to receive benefits from this program; provided further, that the department shall administer this program through the following agencies unless administering agencies are otherwise procured by the department: the Berkshire Housing Development Corporation; Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc.; Community Teamwork, Inc.; the Housing Assistance Corporation; the Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority; HAP, Inc.; Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, Inc.; the Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development; South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc.; Housing Solutions for Southeastern Massachusetts, Inc.; and RCAP Solutions, Inc.; provided further, that the department shall reallocate financing based on performance-based statistics from under-performing service providers to above average service providers in order to move as many families from hotels, motels or shelters into more sustainable housing; provided further, that the department shall use funds provided for this program for stabilization workers to focus efforts on housing retention, and link households to supports including job training, education, job search and childcare opportunities available and may enter into agreements with other public and private agencies for the provision of such services, and that a stabilization worker shall be assigned to each household; provided further, that funds shall be used to transition families served by the program to more rapidly move them into temporary or permanent sustainable housing; provided further, that this item shall be subject to appropriation and, in the event of a deficiency, nothing in this item shall give rise to or shall be construed as giving rise to any enforceable right or entitlement to services in excess of the amounts appropriated herein; provided further, the department may expend not more than $300,000 under item 7004-0108 on families residing in temporary emergency shelters and residential treatment programs under items 4512-0200 and 4513-1130, if such families otherwise meet all eligibility requirements applicable to emergency shelter under item 7004-0101, except that, solely for the purpose of this item, the fact that a family is residing in a temporary emergency domestic violence shelter under item 4513-1130 or in a residential treatment program under item 4512-0200 shall not preclude such family from receiving assistance; and provided further, guidance will be developed by the department in consultation with the department of public health to provide that any unit in such temporary emergency shelter or residential treatment program vacated through use of funds under this program has an opportunity to be filled by a family (i) eligible both for emergency shelter under item 7004-0101 and for such domestic violence or residential treatment program and (ii) referred to such temporary emergency shelter or residential treatment program by the department
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7004-9005
Subsidies to Public Housing Authorities
$65,000,000.00$64,500,000.00$64,500,000.00Proposed level funding
Subsidies to Public Housing Authorities
For subsidies to housing authorities and nonprofit organizations, including funds for deficiencies caused by certain reduced rentals in housing for the elderly, handicapped, veterans and relocated persons under sections 32 and 40 of chapter 121B of the General Laws; provided, that the department may expend funds appropriated in this item for deficiencies caused by certain reduced rentals which may be anticipated in the operation of housing authorities for the first quarter of the subsequent fiscal year; provided further, that no monies shall be expended from this item to reimburse the debt service reserve included in the budgets of housing authorities; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item in the AA object class for the compensation of state employees; provided further, that the amount appropriated in this item shall be considered to meet any and all obligations under said sections 32 and 40 of said chapter 121B; provided further, that any new reduced rental units developed in fiscal year 2018 eligible for subsidies under this item shall not cause any annualization that results in an amount exceeding the amount appropriated in this item; provided further, that all funds in excess of normal utilities, operations and maintenance costs may be expended for capital repairs; and provided further, that the administration shall make every attempt to direct efforts toward rehabilitating local housing authority family units requiring $10,000 or less in repairs
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7004-9024
Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program
$85,347,706.00$86,531,597.00$97,503,438.00
Increased funding to support projected costs.
Proposed large increase; increases income cap from 50% AMI to 80% AMI, while allowing DHCD to target up to 75% of vouchers to households at or below 30% of AMI when entering program
Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program
For a program of rental assistance for low-income families and elderly persons through mobile and project-based vouchers; provided, that such assistance shall only be paid under the Massachusetts rental voucher program; provided further, that the income of eligible households shall not exceed 80 per cent of the area median income; provided further, that the department may require that up to 75 per cent of the vouchers administered by each administering agency under contract to the department be targeted to households whose income at initial occupancy does not exceed 30 per cent of the area median income; provided further, that the department of housing and community development may award mobile vouchers to eligible households currently occupying project-based units that shall expire due to the nonrenewal of project-based rental assistance contracts; provided further, that the department, as a condition of continued eligibility for vouchers and voucher payments, may require disclosure of social security numbers by participants and members of a participant's household in the Massachusetts rental voucher program for use in verification of income with other agencies, departments and executive offices; provided further, that if a participant or member of a participant's household fails to provide a social security number for use in verifying the household's income and eligibility, then that household shall no longer be eligible for a voucher or to receive benefits from the voucher program; provided further, that the monthly dollar amount of each voucher shall be the department-approved monthly rent of the unit less the monthly amount paid for rent by the household; provided further, that any household that is proven to have caused intentional damage to its rental unit in an amount exceeding 2 months of rent during any 1 year period shall be terminated from the program; provided further, that if a mobile voucher's use is or has been discontinued, then the mobile voucher shall be reassigned; provided further, that subsidies shall not be reduced due to the cost of inspections; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, each household holding a voucher shall pay at least 30 per cent but not more than 40 per cent of its income as rent; provided further, that the department shall establish the amounts of the mobile vouchers and the project-based vouchers so that the appropriation in this item is not exceeded by payments for rental assistance and administration; provided further, that the department shall not enter into commitments which shall cause it to exceed the appropriation set forth in this item; provided further, that the department may impose certain obligations for each participant in the Massachusetts rental voucher program through a 12 month contract which shall be executed by the participant and the department; provided further, that such obligations may include, but shall not be limited to, job training, counseling, household budgeting and education, as defined in regulations promulgated by the department and to the extent these programs are available; provided further, that each participant shall be required to undertake and meet these contractually established obligations as a condition for continued eligibility in the program; provided further, that for continued eligibility, each participant shall execute this 12 month contract no later than September 1, 2017 if the participant's annual eligibility recertification date occurs between June 30, 2017 and September 1, 2017 and otherwise not later than the annual eligibility recertification date; provided further, that any participant who is over the age of 60 years or who is disabled may be exempt from any obligations unsuitable under particular circumstances; and provided further, that notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, funds may be expended from this item for the costs of a voucher management system
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7004-9030
Alternative Housing Voucher Program
$4,600,000.00$4,400,000.00$4,600,000.00
Proposed increase of $200,000
Alternative Housing Voucher Program
For a program of rental assistance for non-elderly persons with disabilities established under chapter 179 of the acts of 1995; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, rental assistance shall be in the form of mobile vouchers; provided further, that the vouchers shall be in varying amounts and set by the department based on considerations including, but not limited to, household size, composition, household income, and geographic location; provided further, that any household which is proven to have caused intentional damage to its rental unit in an amount exceeding 2 months' rent during any 1-year lease period shall be terminated from the program; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, there shall be no maximum percentage applicable to the amount of income paid for rent by each household holding a mobile voucher, but each household shall be required to pay not less than 25 per cent of its net income, as defined in regulations adopted by the department, for units if utilities are not provided by the unit owner or not less than 30 per cent of its income for units if utilities are provided by the unit owner; provided further, that payments for rental assistance may be provided in advance; provided further, that the department shall establish the amounts of the mobile vouchers, so that this appropriation is not exceeded by payments for rental assistance and administration; provided further, that the department shall not enter into commitments which will cause it to exceed this appropriation; provided further, that the amount of a rental assistance voucher payment for an eligible household shall not exceed the rent less the household's minimum rent obligation; provided further, that the word "rent" as used in this item shall mean payments to the landlord or owner of a dwelling unit under a lease or other agreement for a tenant's occupancy of the dwelling unit but shall not include payments made by the tenant separately for the cost of heat, cooking fuel and electricity; and provided further, that nothing stated in this item shall give rise to or shall be construed as giving rise to enforceable legal rights in any party or an enforceable entitlement to any form of housing
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7004-9316
Residential Assistance for Families in Transition
$13,000,000.00$13,000,000.00$13,000,000.00
Proposed level funding; does not include language to maintain expanded eligibility from FY'17 that covers all household types, not just families with children
Residential Assistance for Families in Transition
For a program to provide assistance in addressing obstacles to maintaining or securing housing for families with: (i) a household income not greater than 30 per cent of area median income that are homeless and moving into subsidized or unsubsidized housing or are at risk of becoming homeless; or (ii) a household income greater than 30 per cent but not more than 50 per cent of area median income that are homeless and moving into subsidized or private housing, or are at risk of becoming homeless due to a significant reduction of income or increased expenses; provided further, that assistance shall be administered by the department through contracts with the HomeBASE agencies; provided further, that not less than 50 per cent of the funds shall be provided to households with an income not greater than 30 per cent of area median income, subject to the department's discretion based on data reflecting program demand and usage; provided further, that in distributing 50 per cent of the funds, the department shall prioritize those families most likely to otherwise require shelter services under item 7004-0101; provided further, that the amount of financial assistance provided to a family shall not exceed $4,000 in any 12-month period; provided further, that the combined sum of benefits received by a family in a 12-month period from this item and item 7004-0108 shall not be more than the maximum level of short term assistance in item 7004-0108; provided further, that prior to authorizing a residential assistance payment for a family, the administering agency shall make a finding that the payment will enable the family to retain its current housing, obtain new housing, or otherwise avoid homelessness; provided further, that residential assistance payments may be made through direct vendor payments according to standards to be established by the department; provided further, that the agencies shall establish a system for referring families approved for residential assistance payments whom the agencies determine would benefit from these services to existing community-based programs that provide additional housing stabilization supports, including assistance in obtaining housing subsidies and locating alternative housing that is safe and affordable for those families; provided further, that the program shall be administered under guidelines established by the department; and provided further, that household assistance funds shall be advanced to the administering agencies at the end of each month and before the next month's disbursement, the amount of which shall be estimated based on the prior month's expenditure with a reconciliation not less than annually
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7035-0008
Homeless Student Transportation
$8,350,000.00$8,350,000.00$8,350,000.00
Proposed level funding; partial reimbursement for actual expenses incurred by districts
Homeless Student Transportation
For reimbursements to cities, towns, and regional school districts for the cost of transportation of non-resident pupils as required by the federal McKinney-Vento act; provided, that the board of elementary and secondary education shall promulgate regulations for the determination of these reimbursements; and provided further, that the commonwealth's obligation shall not exceed the amount appropriated in this item
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7004-3045
Tenancy Preservation Program
$500,000.00$500,000.00$500,000.00Proposed level funding
Tenancy Preservation Program
For a tenancy preservation program for neutral party consultation services in eviction cases before the housing court department of the trial court for individuals with disabilities and for families with individuals with disabilities provided that the disability is directly related to the reason for eviction
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0336-0003Housing Court Expansion$ -$ -$1,000,000.00
Increased funding to support new initiative.
Positive recommendation; tenants have better outcomes in dealing with evictions and housing issues in housing court vs. district court
Housing Court Expansion
For costs associated with the expansion of the housing court throughout the commonwealth, including the salaries of judges; provided, that no funds shall be transferred from this item to another item of appropriation for the trial court under this act
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