Masschusetts Coalition for the Homeless FY'18 budget priorities + outcomes
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Line ItemDescriptionAcronym/Shortened Name Governor's Budget (House 1) Final House Budget Final Senate Budget
CC Funding Request
CC Notes and Language Requests
Conference Committee Budget Outcomes
Conference Committee Notes
Governor's Signing, Vetoes, and Reductions
Governor's Vetoes/Budget Signing Notes
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4000-0007
Housing and Services for Unaccompanied Youth and Young Adults Experiencing HomelessnessYouth $ 2,000,000 $ 540,000 $ 2,500,000 Senate$675,000CC includes House's recommended earmark of $40,000 for Y2Y; significant decrease from final FY'17 funding level of $2 million$0Zeroed out by the Governor; "I am vetoing this item because it is too small to be effective at the enacted level of funding."
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4403-2000
Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children Grant PaymentsTAFDC $ 148,287,920 $ 160,976,574 $ 166,729,366 Senate
Senate clothing allowance set at $300/child; House set at $200/child; Senate has 90-day advanced notice language, requiring the Administration to give notice before imposing benefit reductions or eligibility restrictions (House includes 75-day notice); Senate also includes language to provide at least $1 million for transitional benefits for TAFDC participants who are newly employed to assist with "short-term self-sufficiency"
$162,851,212CC includes Senate's recommendation to provide clothing allowance of $300/eligible child and House's 75-day advanced notice language$156,237,920.00
Clothing allowance cut from $300 to $250 per eligible child and advanced notice langauge removed-- opening the door to DTA counting SSI benefits and thereby eliminating or reducing TAFDC benefits for an estimated 5,800 families; "I am reducing this item to the amount projected to be necessary."
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4408-1000
Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and ChildrenEAEDC $ 78,721,989 $ 78,551,740 $ 78,551,740 House/Senate
Senate includes 90-day advanced notice language, requiring the Administration to give notice before imposing benefit reductions or eligibility restrictions (House includes 75-day notice)
$77,905,505CC includes House's 75-day advanced notice language$77,905,505.00
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7004-0101
Emergency Assistance Family Shelters and ServicesEA $ 164,696,546 $ 155,533,948 $ 166,091,546 Senate
Senate includes places not meant for human habitation language; both have 90-day advanced notice language, requiring the Administration to give notice before imposing benefit reductions or eligibility restrictions; Senate includes additional tracking and reporting language to better understand which families are served and which are not served by the program, family demographics, and other key data points.
$155,878,948CC does not include Senate's places not meant for human habitation language$154,883,948.00
"I am striking language which earmarks funding for programs not recommended. The reduction in the item incorporates the amount of the stricken earmarked funds. I am also vetoing administratively burdensome language."
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7004-0102
Shelter and Services for Adults Experiencing HomelessnessIndividuals $ 45,180,000 $ 46,180,000 $ 46,405,000 Senate$45,770,000For FY’17, the program was funded at $45.5 million.$45,240,000.00
"I am reducing this item because it is not consistent with my House 1 recommendation. I am also striking language which earmarks funding for programs not recommended. The reduction in the item incorporates the amount of the stricken earmarked funds."
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7004-0104
Home and Healthy for Good ProgramHHG $ 2,000,000 $ 2,200,000 $ 2,000,000 House
House includes tracking and reporting language; both the House and Senate would continue to provide support to LGBTQ young adults experiencing homelessness.
$2,040,000For FY’17, the program was funded at $2 million.$2,000,000.00"I am reducing this item to an amount consistent with my House 1 recommendation."
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7004-0108
HomeBASE $ 31,079,696 $ 31,079,696 $ 32,579,696 Senate
Senate increases benefit cap to $10,000/year; Senate would allow eligible families to reaccess HomeBASE resources 12 months after termination, instead of 24 months; both the House and Senate have 90-day advanced notice language, requiring the Administration to give notice before imposing benefit reductions or eligibility restrictions; Senate allows more flexibility in funding available for households in domestic violence and substance abuse treatment programs, while the House caps assistance at $300,000; Senate aslo provides for forward funding
$30,147,305This is a decrease of almost $1.8 million from the FY'17 funding level of $31.9 million.$30,147,305.00"I am striking this language because it is not consistent with my House 1 recommendation."
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7004-9005
Subsidies to Public Housing Authorities $ 64,500,000 $ 65,500,000 $ 64,500,000 House$64,500,000For FY’17, the program also was funded at $64.5 million.$62,979,593.00"I am reducing this item to the amount projected to be necessary."
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7004-9024
Massachusetts Rental Voucher ProgramMRVP $ 97,503,438 $ 100,000,000 $ 100,000,000 House/Senate
Senate language requires that at least 75% of new subsidies go to extremely low income households (incomes at or below 30% of area median income); this is preferred over the House language that says that up to 75% of the new subsidies "may" go to households at or below 30% of area median income; Senate language also requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to issue new subsidies no later than August 1, 2017
$92,734,677CC increases program eligibility to 80% AMI; allows but does not require DHCD to target up to 75% of new subsidies to households with incomes at or below 30% AMI$92,734,677.00
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7004-9030
Alternative Housing Voucher ProgramAHVP $ 4,600,000 $ 5,000,000 $ 5,500,000 Senate$5,000,000For FY’17, the program was funded at $4.6 million.$4,600,000.00"I am reducing this item to an amount consistent with my House 1 recommendation."
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7004-9316
Residential Assistance for Families in TransitionRAFT $ 13,000,000 $ 15,000,000 $ 18,500,000 Senate
Senate maintains expanded eligibility for households without minor children
$15,000,000
CC includes the House's funding recommendation of $15 million, a $2 million increase over the FY'17 appropriation. CC includes Senate's recommendation to continue to serve households without minor children (such as elders, unaccompanied youth, and people with disabilities), with an earmark of up to $2 million for these populations.
$13,000,000.00
Funding reduced by $2 million and language allowing elders, unaccompanied youth, and people with disabilities to access the program eliminated; "I am striking language which earmarks funding for a program not recommended, and I am reducing this item to an amount consistent with my House 1 recommendation."
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7035-0008
Transportation for Students Experiencing HomelessnessMcKinney-Vento $ 8,350,000 $ 8,350,000 $ 8,350,000 House/Senate$8,099,500For FY’17, the program was funded at $8.35 million.$8,099,500.00
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0336-0003
Housing Court Expansion $ 1,000,000 $ - $ 1,000,000 Senate$1,000,000Also see Outside Sections 78 - 82 for language authorizing the expansion$750,000.00I am reducing this item to the amount projected to be necessary."
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1599-0017
End Family Homelessness Reserve Fund $ 1,000,000 $ - $ - n/a-Not funded by House or Senate
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7004-3045
Tenancy Preservation ProgramTPP $ 500,000 $ 750,000 $ 500,000 House$625,000$500,000.00"I am reducing this item to an amount consistent with my House 1 recommendation.:
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7004-9007
Public Housing Reform
$ 1,172,132 $ 1,172,132 $ 1,100,000 House
House and Senate included language allowing funds to be used for an information technology platform, to allow DHCD to move ahead with the online, single application portal for state-aided housing resources
$950,000$950,000.00
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FY'18 budget outcomes at each stage