Masschusetts Coalition for the Homeless FY'19 budget priorities + outcomes.xlsx
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Last updated July 27, 2018
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FY'18 Final Governor's FY'19 Budget (House 2) Governor's Budget Notes Final House Budget House Budget Notes Final Senate Budget Senate Budget Notes Coalition's Conference Committee RequestsConference Committee/Final Legislative Budget Funding (July 18, 2018) Conference Committee/Final Legislative Budget Notes Governor's Signing/Veotes to the FY'19 General Appropriations Act (GAA) (Issued July 26, 2018) Veto Overrides - Beginning in the House on 7/27/18, and likely in the Senate on 7/30/18. Stay tuned!
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0336-0003Housing Court Expansion $ 1,000,000 $1,000,000Recommended continued investment to "support program operations" $ 1,500,000 $2,600,813$2,600,813$2,600,813CC funding matches Coalition's requestGAA matches the Coalition's funding request of $2,600,813
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4000-0007Housing and Services for Unaccompanied Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness $ 675,000 $2,000,000Recommended increased funding to "support program operations" $ 1,000,000 This would be an increase over the FY'18 funding level of $675,000, but below the amount needed to adequately fund housing and services for youth experiencing homelessness $3,300,000This budget is an increase over the FY'18 funding level of $675,000, the House's recommendation of $1 million, and the Governor's recommended funding level of $2 million.$3,300,000$3,300,000CC adopted the Senate-proposed funding of $3.3 million, matching the Coalition's CC requestGAA matches the Coalition's funding request of $3,300,000
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4403-2000Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children Grant Payments $ 162,851,212 $194,112,725Recommended maintaining the $300/child annual clothing allowance and doubling the asset limit to $5,000; included 5 Outside Sections related to TAFDC to support working families and decrease cliff effects. Eliminated the advanced notice language. $ 192,100,867 Included language to reverse the "Cap on Kids" - "aid shall be provided for each such child or children without regard to whether the child was conceived or born after the parent began receiving aid". Implementation delayed until FY'20 $200,780,967Senate-proposed timing on lifting the family cap rule under TAFDCHouse and Senate language on eliminating the family cap rule, Senate-proposed language on implementing the family cap repeal by January 1, 2019, Senate-proposed language on increasing the annual children’s clothing allowance to $350/child, and House-proposed language to increase the TAFDC asset limit from $2,500 to $5,000. At least $200.8 million in funding.$201,580,967Coalition's request to eliminate family cap rule by January 1, 2019 was adopted. Coalition's request of $300 for annual children's clothing allowance was exceeded with $350/child. Funding would be $38.6 million over last year's funding level.GAA maintains the Coalition's request to eliminate family cap rule by January 1, 2019 ; $350/child clothing allowance; and matches the Coalition's funding request of $201,580,967; the GAA included language counting adult SSI benefits for the income eligibility calculation for TAFDC benefits;The Legislature overwhelming overrode the Governor's veto that would have opened the door to the Administration counting adults' SSI benefits toward the income eligibility calculation for TAFDC benefits (House: 118-30; Senate: 31-5). The Legislature also voted to reject the Governor's amendment to TAFDC outside section language that would have tied lifting the family cap rule with the counting of SSI benefits.
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4408-1000Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children $ 77,905,505 $74,872,788 Recommended benefits remain the same $ 76,264,729 House-proposed language and funding on eliminating the homelessness penalty $74,872,788The SWM did not eliminate the homelessness penalty. It would maintain the 75-day advance notice language.CC adopted House-proposed language on eliminating the homelessness penalty in the Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children program, so that participants experiencing homelessness will receive the full EAEDC grant: $303.70/month for a household of one, instead of the reduced grant of $92.80/month for a household of one. $76,264,729 in funding.$76,264,729CC funding request does not meet Coalition's initial request of at least $50 million. It does however exceed the FY' 2018 funding level of $45.8 million.GAA matches the Coalition's funding of $76,264,729 and language requests eliminating the homelessness penalty for EAEDC participants
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7004-0101Emergency Assistance Family Shelters and Services $ 155,878,948 $160,615,706 Recommended decreased funding to support program operations and removal of advance notice language and reporting language $ 149,107,614 Didn't adopt amendment on $300,000 shall be expended to establish and administer a pilot program to provide temporary emergency assistance to families who on the date of application for emergency assistance have no other feasible alternative housing and are at imminent risk of staying in a place not meant for human habitation. Also, didn't adopt DHCD continuing to accept in-person applications in the ten cities and towns with department office locations in used as of January 1, 2018 $155,878,948SWM budget would expand current eligibility language to require DHCD to provide access to otherwise eligible families that have not yet stayed in places not meant for human habitation. SWM language would not require DHCD to increase reporting on families denied and reason for denial. Like the House, SWM added improved language to allow families that go over the EA income limits for fewer than 90 days to retain their benefits without being subject to the 6-month grace period. This would also retain the 90-day advance notice language.CC adopted Senate-proposed language on the EA family shelter and services program to ensure that the Department of Housing and Community Development continues to take in-person applications in the ten cities and towns with offices as of January 1, 2018, as well as Senate-proposed language to protect families that exceed the income eligibility limit for fewer than 90 days from being terminated. At least $155.9 million in funding.$161,745,706CC language matches parts of the Coalition's Conference Committee request. However, CC did not include Senate-proposed language to prevent families from having to stay in places not meant for human habitation before being able to access EA.GAA matches the Coalition's funding request of $161,745,706 and language protecting families that exceed the income eligibility limit for fewer than 90 days from being terminated. The GAA does not includes language preventing families from staying in unsafe places. The Governor vetoed language ensuring that the Department of Housing and Community Development continues to take in-person applications in the ten cities and towns with offices as of January 1, 2018.The Legislature overrode the Governor's veto to the Department of Housing and Community Development administrative line item. The override requires DHCD to continue to take in-person applications for families in need of shelter in the ten cities and towns with offices as of January 1, 2018. (House: 119-31; Senate: 31-5)
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7004-0102Shelter and Services for Adults Experiencing Homelessness $ 45,770,000 $45,180,000 Recommended decrease in funding $ 45,530,000 $350,000 increase from initial proposed funding before debate; including earmarks for United Way, Quinsigamond Community Village Center, Friendly House, Emmaus Inc, and Craigs Doors $46,180,000The Senate did not include a new, related line item to provide $5 million in rapid re-housing support to individuals (line 7004-0202), as the House did.At least $46,180,000 in funding$48,180,000GAA matches the Coalition's GAA funding request $48,180,000
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7004-0104Home and Healthy for Good Program $ 2,040,000 $2,040,000 Recommended level funding; maintained $200,000 earmark for serving LGBTQ young adults. $ 2,340,000 Provided $100,000 over Coalition's budget request $2,300,000SWM also provided $100,000 over Coalition's budget request At least $2,340,000 in funding and language to provide resources for LGBTQ young adults$2,390,000CC funding request exceeds Coalition's initial request of $2.24 millionGAA matches the Coalition's GAA funding request of $2,390,000
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7004-0108HomeBASE $ 30,147,305 $30,147,305 level funded; reduced ineligibility period to 12 months $ 32,000,000 Amendment to allow families who are in compliance with HomeBASE requirements to renew their HomeBASE benefits at the end of the first 12-month period, if otherwise facing a return to homelessness and to grant families who are overincome a 6-month grace period before terminating benefits was not adopted $30,147,305This budget would require 90 days advance notice before the Administration could reduce benefits or limit eligibility. Moreover, this would allow families that have been terminated to re-access benefits after 12 months, and would provide funds for HomeBASE benefits for households in non-EA shelters. The House budget would cap those benefits at $300,000, while the Senate did not include that limit. Lastly, the SWM recommended increasing the maximum HomeBASE benefits to $10,000 per family from the current cap of $8,000.Senate-proposed language language to increase the maximum benefit under the HomeBASE program from $8,000/year/family up to $10,000; at least $32 million in funding$32,000,000Language matches the Coalition's Conference Committee request. The budget, however, does not match the Coalition's initial request of $35 million.GAA matches the Coalition's funding request of $32,000.000; increases the maximum benefit under the HomeBASE program to $10,000; language protecting families that exceed the income eligibility limit for up to 6 months from being terminated.
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7004-0202Rapid Rehousing for Individuals $ - $0 $ - $ 5,000,000 House created new line-item to serve individuals experiencing homelessness in shelter with rapid-rehousing resources. $0SMW budget does not include funding for rapid rehousing services for homeless individuals in shelter.CC adopted House-proposed language and funding providing $5 million in rapid re-housing support to individuals in shelter$5,000,000CC adopted House-proposed language and funding providing $5 million in rapid re-housing support to individuals in shelterGAA provides $5,000,000 in rapid re-housing support to individuals in shelter
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7004-3045Tenancy Preservation Program $ 500,000 $500,000 Recommended level funding $ 750,000 $250,000 increase from initial proposed funding of $500,000 before debate $750,000Initial funding request = $1.3 million; CC request = at least $750,000$1,300,000CC funding request matches Coalition's initial requestGAA matches the Coalition's funding request of $1,300,000
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7004-9005Subsidies to Public Housing Authorities $ 64,500,000 $64,500,000 Recommended level funding $ 65,650,000 $150,000 increase in funding from proposed funding before debate; including earmarks for Winchester Housing Authority and Pleasant Street Elderly Public Housing; this budget would increase state-funded public housing operating subsidy by $1 million over FY'18
$64,500,000The SWM would maintain the same funding level for FY'18 of $64.8 million.At least $65.7 million in funding$65,650,000CC funding request does not match Coalition's request of $72 million. The funding request, however, is an increase of $1 million from FY'18 budget of $64.5 million.GAA matches the Coalition's funding request of $65,650,000
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7004-9007Public Housing Reform $ 950,000 $950,000 Recommended level funding $ 1,000,000 $950,000At least $1 million in funding$1,000,000CC funding request matches Coalition's support of $1 million for public housing reform. This is also an increase of $50,000 from FY 2018 funding level of $950,000GAA matches the Coalition's funding request of $1,000,000
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7004-9024Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program $ 92,734,677 $97,469,569 Recommended increasing funding by $4.7 million $ 100,000,000 Amendment on increasing the value of MRVP vouchers to match area-wide fair market rent and to distribute new vouchers on or before August 1, 2018 was not adopted $97,469,569Like the Governor's budget, SWM would increase MRVP funding to $97.5 million, which is an increase over the final FY'18 funding level of $92.7 million. This would be insufficient to add additional vouchers.Removal of language allowing LHAs to transfer voucher holders into another housing subsidy program; language requires DHCD to spend funding from this item on a voucher management system; language directs DHCD to make its best effort to complete the voucher management system by June 30, 2019$100,000,000Budget matches the Coalition's Conference Committee requestGAA matches the Coalition's funding request of $100,000,000
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7004-9030Alternative Housing Voucher Program $ 5,000,000 $4,600,000 Recommended decrease in funding $ 6,150,000 Amendment to increase funding for AHVP program was not adopted $5,000,000The SWM budget would fund AHVP at the same funding level for FY'18.House-proposed funding of $6.15 million to the AHVP program$6,150,000CC funding request does not match Coalition's request of $7.7 million. However, CC funding request is $1,150,000 increase over FY 2018 funding level of $5 millionGAA matches the Coalition's funding request of $6,150,000
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7004-9316Residential Assistance for Families in Transition $ 15,000,000 $15,000,000 Did not include explicit language so that households without children can access RAFT; includes family but does not say type of household; removed reporting language $ 17,000,000 Didn't adopt amendment to increase funding and maintaining eligibility for individuals to access homelessness prevention resources $18,500,000Grants the amount requested by the Coalition and retains language that broadens the definition of family Adopt Senate-proposed language on maintaining the expanded definition of family for RAFT. Moreover, language requires $3 million to be spent on persons with disabilities, the elders, youth experiencing homelessness, and other households without minor children$20,000,000CC funding request exceeds Coalition's request of $18.5 millionGAA matches the Coalition's funding request of $20,000,000 and language requiring at least $3 million to be spent on persons with disabilities, the elders, youth experiencing homelessness, and other households without minor children
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7035-0008Transportation for Students Experiencing Homelessness $ 8,099,500 $8,099,500 Recommended level funding $ 9,099,500 Amendment to increase funding for McKinney-Vento transportation assistance for students experiencing homelessness was not adopted$8,099,500SMW budget would keep the same funding level as FY'18.House proposed funding of $9.09 million to provide transportation for students experiencing homelessness$9,099,500CC funding request was increased from FY' 2018 budget as requested by the Coalition. This also exceeds the partial reimbursement level of FY'2017 of $8.35 million.GAA matches the Coalition's funding request of $9,099,500
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