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Line ItemName of Program/ DescriptionFY20 General Appropriations Act Budget + Any Supplemental FundsCoalition's FY21 Budget RequestsCoalition's FY21 Conference Committee (CC) RequestsLegislature's Review of Gubernatorial Vetoes and Amendments (December 11, 2020-January 5, 2021)Governor's Review of the FY21 Budget (General Appropriations Act) and Budget Signing and Vetoes (Issued December 11, 2020)Conference Committee/Final Legislative FY21 Budget Funding and Language (Conference Committee named on November 23, 2020; committee report filed on December 3, 2020; House and Senate voted to approve the budget on December 4, 2020)Final Senate Budget, S.2955 (Passed November 18, 2020) Senate Budget Amendments and Debate Notes (November 17-18, 2020) Senate Ways and Means FY21 Budget, S.4 (SWM, released November 12, 2020; total = $46 billion) Final House Budget, H.5151 (Passed November 12, 2020) House Budget Amendments and Debate Notes House Ways and Means FY21 Budget, H.5150 (HWM, released November 5, 2020; total = $46 billion) Governor's Revised FY21 House 2 Budget Proposals (Released October 14, 2020; total = $45.5 billion) Governor's Original FY21 House 2 Budget Proposals (Released January 22, 2020; total = $44.6 billion)*Governor's Budget Notes for Original FY21 H.2Governor's FY21 Budget ("House 2", released January 22, 2020)
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Budget NotesFY'21 Interim Budget: The Legislature passed a $5.5 billion interim budget for July, and another $5.5 billion budget was filed by the Governor for August. See https://www.masslive.com/politics/2020/07/massachusetts-gov-charlie-baker-files-55-billion-interim-budget-for-august-as-lawmakers-weigh-coronavirus-losses.html. The Legislature subsequently passed a $16.5 billion 3-month budget covering August-October. On October 26th, the Legislature passed a $5.4 billion budget to cover November, signed into law that day by Governor Baker. The Legislature plans to finish working on a fuller FY21 budget later this fall. https://budget.digital.mass.gov/bb/gaa/fy2020/index.htmlRequests are in this column. See an earlier PDF here:
http://old.mahomeless.org/images/FY_21_Budget_Priorities_3-6-20.pdf
https://mahomeless.org/fy21confcommittee/December 11th: https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21 December 5th: The Governor received the budget from the Legislature on Friday, December 4th. He has 10 days to review the budget and then sign it and issue line item vetoes. Please ask the Governor to sign into law the funding and language for the line items and outside sections below. A template letter from which to cut and paste and to share is here: https://tinyurl.com/fy21govletterhttps://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H5164https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S2955https://malegislature.gov/Budget/SenateDebatehttps://malegislature.gov/Budget/FY2021/SenateWaysMeansBudget/Ways_Means_Final_Budget https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H5151 https://malegislature.gov/Budget/FY2021/HouseDebate https://malegislature.gov/Budget/FY2021/HouseWaysMeansBudget/https://www.mass.gov/lists/the-governors-revised-fiscal-year-2021-budget-recommendation-octoberhttps://budget.digital.mass.gov/govbudget/fy21/downloadshttps://budget.digital.mass.gov/bb/h1/fy20h1/index.html
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7004-9316Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)Total available during FY20 = $28.03 million, with language to allow unspent Upstream and COVID-19 RAFT funds to be used in FY21: $21,000,000 in initial appropriations in July 2019 (through the line item and the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund) plus $2.03 million in additional funds for the Upstream RAFT program through the December 2019 supplemental budget, plus a $5 million transfer from MassHousing to address COVID-19 needs. On July 24, 2020, $20 million in supplemental FY20 RAFT funds were approved as part of a trust fund within the COVID-19 supplemental budget. The funds will be available through June 30, 2021. Total FY20 funds, including funds approved after the technical end of the fiscal year: $48.03 million. $15 million of the $20 million July supplemental budget funds was released by DHCD in late September, but as of September 29, 2020, households still only can access up to $4,000 in RAFT funds.We are working to raise RAFT funding to at least $50 million in FY21 from the Legislature to address the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing need, with additional requests anticipated as the scale of the need becomes clearer. We also are working with other housing groups to push the Baker Administration to dedicate significant Coronavirus Relief Funds toward RAFT (to bring total funding to at least $175 million.) This is an increase from our original request of at least $27 million. For FY21 funding, we are seeking at least $50,000,000 (including any funds carried over from FY20); ongoing authorization for Upstream RAFT to provide homelessness prevention resources to households that have fallen behind on rent or mortgage payments but are not yet in the eviction or foreclosure process; raise the overall cap for RAFT from $4,000 to at least $10,000 per household cap, in light of high housing costs; include language to continue to require that no less than $3 million be used to serve households under the expanded definition of family so that elders, people with disabilities, unaccompanied youth, and other households without minor children can access RAFT; direct funding of RAFT through the state's operating budget for greater transparency; include detailed tracking and reporting language on households applying, approved, denied, funding uses, and demographic data; include clarifying language that Upstream RAFT payments can be made for up to 4 months of back rent or back mortgage payments, even if the amount exceeds the cap in effect for Traditional RAFT (currently $4,000/household)Funding: House and Senate funding level of $54.7 million in total funds allocated through the budget process allocations and transfers Language: House version of language that would raise the maximum RAFT benefit to $10,00/household over a 12-month period and remove language that currently prohibits eligible households from maximizing RAFT and HomeBASE benefits, plus Senate language from Amendment #336 (see below). It is important to note that both the House and Senate proposed action on the RAFT and HomeBASE linkage issue. The Senate left in language that would limit eligible households to a combined total of $10,000 from the two programs, but also said the cap would not be in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency. Funding: Approved the full $54,700,000 ($50 million in direct appropriations and $4.7 million to be transferred from the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund) appropriated by the Legislature. These funds are in addition to resources allocated through the Eviction Diversion Initiative (EDI) and other resources ($45 million from EDI, $18 million from federal Coronavirus Relief Funds, and $15 million carried over from an FY20 supplemental budget) Anticipated total funding is $132.7 million for FY21 Language: Struck phrases related to the Upstream RAFT language: "I am striking this language because it complicates the efficient allocation of funds." It appears that this veto may be helpful to ensure that households can maximize RAFT funds during the pandemic. See the line item with vetoed language here: https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21/enacted/housing-and-economic-development/housing-and-community-development/70049316



Funding: $54.7 million ($50 million in direct appropriations and $4.7 million to be transferred from the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund) Language: Language included to decouple the RAFT and HomeBASE programs so as to allow eligible households to combine and maximize benefits from the two programs during the current COVID-19 state of emergency, as well as language to simplify the application process and require additional tracking and reporting on program data.$50,000,000 plus $4,700,000 from the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund; $54.7 million in total funds allocated through the budget process; additional funds dedicated by Governor through his Eviction Diversion InitiativeAmendment #394 on RAFT, filed by Senator Crighton, was not adopted (rejected as part of No Bundle 3), but another RAFT amendment, #336, also from Senator Crighton, was adopted as redrafted. Amendment #336 also contains a provision to establish an Eviction Diversion Initiative Task Force.$50,000,000 plus $4,700,000 from the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund; $54.7 million in total funds allocated through the budget process; additional funds dedicated by Governor through his Eviction Diversion Initiative; includes language to increase the maximum benefit level to $10,000/household over a 12-month period during the COVID-19 state of emergency$50,000,000 plus $4,700,000 from the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund; $54.7 million in total funds allocated through the budget process; additional funds dedicated by Governor through his Eviction Diversion Initiative Amendment #595 on improving the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition program (RAFT), a cornerstone of the state's response to the eviction crisis, sponsored by Representative Honan, was not included in the final House budget. $50,000,000 plus $4,700,000 from the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund; $54.7 million in total funds allocated through the budget process; additional funds dedicated by Governor through his Eviction Diversion Initiative; includes language to increase the maximum benefit level to $10,000/household over a 12-month period$16,274,232 in direct appropriations, plus additional funds not detailed in the budget document, including an estimated $4.7 million from the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund. These funds would be combined with additional RAFT resources that will be appropriated outside of the General Appropriations Act, based on details provided as part of the launch of the Baker Administration's Eviction Diversion Initiative: $18 million from federal COVID-19-related Community Development Block Grant money and Emergency Solutions Grant money, and $45 million from federal Coronavirus Relief Funds. In addition, $15 million from the July 2020 FY20 supplemental budget will be available for RAFT in FY21. The combined resources for RAFT proposed by the Governor = $100 million.$13,642,337 in direct appropriations, plus $7.35 million additional funds that were not expressly detailed in the budget documentH.2 budget includes note: "Decreased funding to move budgeted spending off of the operating budget." For FY21, the Department of Housing and Community Development has indicated it would use $7.35 million from the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund for RAFT, which would bring the available funding up to $21 million. The Governor also would provide no more than $3 million to households under the expanded definition of family (households without dependents under the age of 21), while current language requires DHCD to provide no less than $3,000,000 to households under the expanded definition of family. The Governor would remove the requirement for quarterly tracking and reporting.$15,274,232
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7004-0101Emergency Assistance Family Shelters and Services (EA)$178,731,886, matching the Legislature's funding recommendation plus key legislative language to ensure that families can access shetler without having to prove that they already have stayed in places not meant for human habitation. The budget also includes language to direct at least $4,000,000 to create and/or modify shelter spaces to better meet the needs of families with disabilities. At least $185,000,000 or adequate funding, in light of the anticipated dramatic increase in family homelessness due to COVID-19; continue to include language from the FY’20 budget to provide shelter to otherwise eligible families who are at imminent risk of staying in a place not meant for human habitation, and further guidance and oversight to ensure that this language is implemented properly in FY’21; continue to allow families to maintain EA eligibility until they reach 200% of the federal poverty guidelines (while also maintaining the over-income grace period); maintain the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature 90-days advance notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibility. In addition, we are working to establish funding to create an ombudsperson unit to have dedicated staff address issues and concerns from families applying for and participating in the EA program. We also are working to maintain language in the related DHCD administrative line item (7004-0099) to maintain access to in-person applications for families seeking shelter. Language in the FY20 budget requires DHCD to take applications in the 10 cities and towns where DHCD had staff as of January 1, 2019 and to maintain adequate staffing levels, and prohibits DHCD from shifting to a remote-access only system, in which families would have to use a phone, computer, or other technology to apply or otherwise forego applying.Funding: Senate funding level of $184,785,750 Language: Senate tracking and reporting languageVeto overridden by House and SenateFunding: $184,785,750 ($180,904,755 in direct appropriations, with language to carry over up to $4,880,995 million in unspent funds from FY20) Language: Struck some of the tracking and reporting language with message, "I am striking this language because the required reporting is infeasible." See the line item with vetoed language here: https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21/enacted/housing-and-economic-development/housing-and-community-development/70040101Funding: $184,785,750 ($180,904,755 in direct appropriations, with language to carry over up to $4,880,995 million in unspent funds from FY20) Language: Additional tracking and reporting language, including requirements for DHCD to provide more detailed data on reasons for denial; data on race and ethnicity of families that are approved for EA, denied EA, or not given a placement or formal denial; data on families applying for EA that do not enter EA with 48 hours of the time of application; data on families approved for shelter right before they otherwise would have to stay in a place not meant for human habitation, families approved for shelter after staying in places not meant for human habitation, and families that requested EA services from DHCD and then stayed in a place not meant for human habitation before ultimately being approved for shelter; data on families in congregate and other shared shelter placements during the COVID-19 pandemic; data on families on extended leave from congregate and other shared shelter placements during the pandemic related to social distancing, isolation, quarantine, and/or COVID-19-related care; and data on families with approved requests for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act who have not yet been transferred to new units that better accommodate their needs. In addition, the line item language authorizes DHCD to use funds to "ensure adequate and accessible services" during the pandemic.$179,904,755, with language to carry over up to $4,880,995 million in unspent funds from FY20; $184,785,750 total plus additional tracking and reporting language, as described in the cell to the rightAmendment #283 on EA data collection, sponsored by Senator Chang-Díaz, was redrafted and adopted. This amendment would require the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to track and report additional, vital data on the Emergency Assistance (EA) family shelter program and related HomeBASE program, building upon the numerous important additions made by Senate Ways and Means.
• The amendment would capture data on families that request Emergency Assistance, but are not ultimately approved or denied. This is important to better understand the extent of the need in our communities and across the state, as the number of families able to complete the burdensome application process for EA is much lower than the number of families requesting services. We also hear frequently about families discouraged by DHCD from completing applications. Whether or not these families ultimately would have qualified for shelter and services, we want to know more about the volume and nature of these inquiries, especially as the Commonwealth faces an anticipated surge in applications as the eviction crisis intensifies. At a time when homelessness and lack of access to safe places to practice social distancing put families at greater risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, insights into denials is especially important so that we can reexamine the narrow eligibility criteria established for this safety net program and provide access to alternative resources when needed. DHCD already tracks data from their triage process, but does not report out this information regularly to the Legislature.
• The amendment also explicitly would require DHCD to track and report race and ethnicity data on families requesting access to EA, not just those that complete applications, and more explicitly require race and ethnicity data across more categories within the reports. We know that the homelessness disproportionately impacts Black and Latinx families with children across the Commonwealth, and this data could shed more light on the experiences of those families. This data is needed as we push to transform the EA system to be anti-racist and to foster equity.
• All of this additional information is critical for better serving children and parents who are experiencing homelessness, examining racial and ethnic inequities in the program, and addressing the unmet needs of families during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

$179,904,755, with language to carry over up to $4,880,995 million in unspent funds from FY20; $184,785,750 total$179,979,755 plus $1.8 million in unspent funds from FY20; $181.8 million total Amendment #397, on improving data collection, equity, and access for the Emergency
Assistance family shelter program, sponsored by Representative Decker, was not included in the final House budget. Earmarked funding added.
$179,904,755 plus $1.8 million in unspent funds from FY20; $181.7 million total$179,904,755$184,441,934H.2 includes language regarding otherwise eligible families being able to receive EA shelter without having to prove that they already have stayed in a place not meant for human habitation, but similar language has not been fully implemented in FY20 by DHCD. We are continuing to push for full implementation. The Governor would remove tracking and reporting language and the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature 90-days advance notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibility, as well as the language in 7004-0099 requiring DHCD to maintain access to in-person application sites for families seeking shelter, and to maintain adequate staffing levels. H.2 would continue efforts to expand efforts to create and/or modify shelter spaces to better meet the needs of families with disabilities. According to the Executive Summary**, $2.2 million would be used for this effort.$177,931,886
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4000-0007Housing and Services for Unaccompanied Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness$5,000,000, matching the Legislature's funding recommendation$8,000,000 to provide increased housing and wraparound services to youth and young adults experiencing homelessness and housing instability through the 10 regional agencies initially selected in FY'19 to administer the programFunding: House and Senate funding level of $8,000,000n/aFunding: Approved the full $8,000,000 appropriated by the Legislature https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21/enacted/health-and-human-services/health-and-human-services/40000007Funding: $8,000,000$8,000,000No amendments filed on this line item.$8,000,000$8,000,000$8,000,000$5,000,000$5,000,000Would match the FY20 appropriation
$3,300,000
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7004-9024Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP)$116 million in combined funds: $110,000,000 in direct FY20 appropriations, matching the Legislature's funding recommendation plus legislative language on updating the allowable monthly rent levels to match current fair market rents for mobile subsidies issued or leased after August 1, 2019 and carrying over up to $6,000,000 in unspent FY'19 funds$135,000,000 to increase the number of subsidies to tenants and developers and increase the value of MRVP subsidies to better match current fair market rentsFunding: Senate funding level of $135,000,000n/aFunding: Approved the full $135,000,000 appropriated by the Legislature. See the line item here: https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21/enacted/housing-and-economic-development/housing-and-community-development/70049024Funding: $135,000,000 total ($125,501,294 in new appropriations, with language to carry over up to $9,498,706 in unspent funds from FY20)$125,501,294, with language to carry over up to $9,498,706 in unspent funds from FY20; $135,000,000 totalAmendment #398, filed by Senator Crighton, and Amendment #393, filed by Senator Eldridge, on MRVP were not adopted (rejected as part of No Bundle 3.)$125,501,294, with language to carry over up to $9,498,706 in unspent funds from FY20; $135,000,000 total$125,500,000 plus up to $9,498,706 in unspent funds from FY20; $134.5 million total$125,500,000 plus up to $9,498,706 in unspent funds from FY20; $134.5 million total$113,156,154 in direct appropriations, with additional funds anticipated from outside the operating budget$112,167,549 in direct appropriations, plus an estimated $7.83 million in additional funds from outside the operating budget; $120 million totalThe Executive Summary** indicates that $120 million would be made available for MRVP. At $120 million in FY21, DHCD estimates that 9,427 households could be served. The H.2 budget notes that anticipated FY20 MRVP spending will be $107,511,578.$100,000,000
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7004-0108HomeBASE$25,825,000, as recommended by the Legislature$45 million to continue payments to households currently enrolled in HomeBASE that need an extension and to enroll new households in the diversion and shelter exit components of HomeBASE. We have been working for language to allow otherwise eligible households timing out of HomeBASE to receive an additional year of HomeBASE benefits to avoid a return to homelessness. This is an increase above our initial FY21 request of $28,000,000 or adequate funding based on caseload projections.Funding: Senate funding level of $29,058,618 Language: House removal of language that currently prohibits eligible households from maximizing RAFT and HomeBASE benefits (see RAFT above) so as to decouple RAFT and HomeBASE for the full fiscal year, even if the COVID-19 state of emergency is lifted, plus expanded Senate tracking and reporting languageVeto overridden by House and SenateFunding: Approved the full $29,058,618 appropriated by the Legislature Language: Struck tracking and reporting language with message, "I am striking this language because the required reporting is infeasible." https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21/enacted/housing-and-economic-development/housing-and-community-development/70040108


Funding: $29,058,618 total ($27,158,178 in new appropriations, with language to carry over up to $1,900,440 in unspent funds from FY20) Language: Language to decouple the RAFT and HomeBASE programs so as to allow eligible households to combine and maximize RAFT and HomeBASE benefits during the current COVID-19 state of emergency; additional tracking and reporting language to require the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to report additional demographic details on families served and on children served; more detailed data on families re-entering Emergency Assistance shelter within 1, 2, and 3 years of exiting HomeBASE$27,158,178, with language to carry over up to $1,900,440 in unspent funds from FY20; $29,058,618 totalAmendment #405 on extending HomeBASE benefits for families timing out of the program facing a return to homelessness and improving data collection, sponsored by Senator Chang-Díaz, was not adopted (rejected as part of No Bundle 3.)$27,158,178, with language to carry over up to $1,900,440 in unspent funds from FY20; $29,058,618 total$25,825,000 plus up to $1,900,440 in unspent funds from FY20; $27.7 million total

Amendment #350 on extending HomeBASE benefits for families timing out of the program facing a return to homelessness and improving data collection, sponsored by Representatives Ferrante, Barber, and Vargas, was not included in the final House budget. $25,825,000 plus up to $1,900,440 in unspent funds from FY20; $27.7 million total

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$27,158,178H.2 would increase funding available for the program, while leaving the maximum benefit per family at $10,000/year. The Governor would remove the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature advance notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibility, and remove language on tracking and reporting on the program to the Legislature. H.2 still would provide HomeBASE benefits to some survivors of domestic violence, but does not earmark a set level of funding.$25,825,000
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1595-6368Funding within the Massachusetts Transportation Trust Fund to provide free Mass IDs to people experiencing homelessnessn/aInclude funds in the line item to provide free Mass IDs to people experiencing homelessnessn/a: While this request was not in the House and Senate budgets, we will continue to encourage House Leadership to take action on underlying bills on easing access to Mass IDs for people experiencing homelessness that are pending in the House.n/an/aFunding: $0 Language: No language on access to Mass IDs for people experiencing homelessness$0 and no language on access to Mass IDs for people experiencing homelessnessAmendment #149 on increasing access to Mass IDs for people experiencing homelessness by eliminating the $25 fee and decreasing the verification burden, and adding $75,000 in funding, sponsored by Senator Rausch, was not adopted (rejected as part of No Bundle 2.)$0 and no language on access to Mass IDs for people experiencing homelessness$0 and no language on access to Mass IDs for people experiencing homelessness Amendment #667, on increasing access to Mass IDs for people experiencing homelessness by eliminating the $25 fee and decreasing the verification burden, and adding $75,000 in funding, sponsored by Representatives Khan and O'Day, was not included by House Leadership in the related Consolidated Amendment, A. $0 and no language on access to Mass IDs for people experiencing homelessness$0 and no language on access to Mass IDs for people experiencing homelessness$0 and no language on access to Mass IDs for people experiencing homelessnessNot included; legislation to ease cost and verification burdens to accessing standard Mass IDs for people experiencing homelessness still is pending in the Legislature; see Senate Bill 2043*****and House Bill 3066******
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4408-1000Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children Program (EAEDC)$76,329,458, matching the Legislature's funding recommendationAdequate funding. Increase funding to raise the asset limit from $250/person to $2,500 for households of 1 person and $5,000 for households of 2 or more people, plus provide adequate funding based on caseload projections; maintain FY20 budget language to provide full grants to program participants while they are experiencing homelessness, instead of imposing the previous homelessness penalty; maintain the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature 75-days advance notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibility. Based on data from the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) covering July 2018-October 2019 on the number of households denied or terminated from EAEDC, and taking into consideration that some households do not start and/or complete applications due to the low asset limit, we estimate that increasing the asset limit would cost less than $100,000/year.Funding: House funding level of $89,983,226 Language: House language to provide a 10% increase in monthly benefitsVeto overridden by House and Senate (House vote: 130-27)Funding: Approved the full $89,983,226 appropriated by the Legislature Language: Approved the 10% monthly grant increase for the remaining months of FY21, but struck language that would carry the increase forward into FY22 https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21/enacted/health-and-human-services/transitional-assistance/44081000Funding: $89,983,226 Language: 10% increase in monthly benefits starting in January 2021; this increase would be "deemed a permanent increase continuing past July 1, 2021". This is welcome and long overdue, as this will be the first such increase for EAEDC since 1988. See coverage: https://commonwealthmagazine.org/economy/state-budget-raises-welfare-grants-for-poor-families/ $ 85,183,226 Amendment #279 on increasing the Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children program (EAEDC) asset limit for elders and people with disabilities from $250 to $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for households of two or more, sponsored by Senator Chang-Díaz, was not adopted (rejected as part of No Bundle 2.) $ 85,183,226 $89,983,226 and language to provide a 10% increase in monthly benefits until June 2021 Amendment #459 on increasing the Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children program (EAEDC) asset limit for elders and people with disabilities from $250 to $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for households of two or more, sponsored by Representative O'Day, was not included in the final House budget. $89,983,226 and language to provide a 10% increase in monthly benefits until June 2021 $85,183,226, with note, "Increased funding to meet projected need."$74,059,553H.2 retains language to ensure that participants experiencing homelessness can receive full grants. The Governor would remove the 75-day advanced notice language and did not include language to increase the asset limit. Legislation to increase the asset limit, increase grants, and make other critical changes to EAEDC still is pending in the Legislature. See Senate Bill 356*** and House Bill 621****.$75,129,458
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4403-2000Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children Grant Payments (TAFDC)$204,455,227, matching the Legislature's funding recommendation; there is a pending FY20 supplemental budget request for TAFDC as of February 2020Adequate funding based on caseload projections; maintain the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature 75-days advance notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibility; maintain the $350/child annual clothing allowance and increase the standard of need in the month(s) the clothing allowance is issued so as to benefit more low-income households; maintain the elimination of the family cap rule and the removal of the homelessness penaltyFunding: House funding level of $240,967,007 Language: House language to provide a 10% increase in monthly benefitsVeto overridden by House and Senate (House vote: 130-27)Funding: Approved the full $240,967,007 appropriated by the Legislature Language: Approved the 10% monthly grant increase for the remaining months of FY21, but struck language that would carry the increase forward into FY22 https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21/enacted/health-and-human-services/transitional-assistance/44032000Funding: $240,967,007 Language: 10% increase in monthly benefits starting in January 2021; this increase would be "deemed a permanent increase continuing past July 1, 2021". This is welcome and long overdue, as this will be the first such increase for TAFDC since 2000. See coverage: https://commonwealthmagazine.org/economy/state-budget-raises-welfare-grants-for-poor-families/ $ 231,547,007 No amendments filed on this line item. $ 231,547,007 $240,967,007 and language to provide a 10% increase in monthly benefits for January-June 2021$240,967,007 and language to provide a 10% increase in monthly benefits for January-June 2021 $231,547,007 with note, "Increased funding to meet projected need."$218,519,830The Governor would provide increased funding for TAFDC, based on the higher number of participants since the repeal of the family cap rule in 2019, but would not increase monthly grants to program participants. H.2 retains the $350 annual clothing allowance, but splits it into two allocations: $175 in September and $175 in March. H.2 does not include the clothing allowance in the standard of need, though, which would limit access to the clothing allowance by families normally just above the TAFDC income threshold. H.2 removes the 75-day advanced notice language, and the explicit repeal of the homelessness penalty (a.k.a. in-kind shelter deduction).$184,876,642
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7004-9030Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP)$8,000,000, as recommended by the Legislature$12,526,596 (updated from $12 million, based on Senate recommendation)Funding: Senate funding level of $12,526,596n/aFunding: Approved the full $12,256,596 appropriated by the Legislature https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21/enacted/housing-and-economic-development/housing-and-community-development/70049030Funding: $12,526,596 ($10,621,601 in new appropriations, with language to carry over up to $1,904,995 in unspent funds from FY20) $10,621,601, with language to carry over up to $1,904,995 in unspent funds from FY20; $12,526,596 totalNo amendments filed on this line item. $10,621,601, with language to carry over up to $1,904,995 in unspent funds from FY20; $12,526,596 total$6,224,775 plus up to $1,904,995 from unspent FY20 funds; $8.13 million total$6,224,775 plus up to $1,904,995 from unspent FY20 funds; $8.13 million total$5,621,601 recommended in direct appropriations$7,400,000, with $5.1 million in direct appropriationsH.2 budget includes note: "Decreased funding to move budgeted spending off of the operating budget." The Executive Summary** indicates that the total spending would be $7.4 million.$6,150,000
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7004-9005Subsidies to Public Housing Authorities$72,000,000, as recommended by the Legislature$80,000,000 (updated from $78 million, based on House budget recommendation)Funding: House funding level of $80,000,000n/aFunding: Approved the full $80,00,000 appropriated by the Legislature https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21/enacted/housing-and-economic-development/housing-and-community-development/70049005Funding: $80,000,000$75,000,000Amendment #374 on increasing funding by $5 million, filed by Senator Crighton, was not adopted (rejected as part of No Bundle 3.)$75,000,000$80,000,000$80,000,000$72,000,000$72,000,000Would match the FY20 appropriation
$65,500,000
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7004-9007Public Housing Reform$1,000,000, as recommended by the Legislature$1,000,000Funding: House and Senate funding level of $1,000,000n/aFunding: Approved the full $1,000,000 appropriated by the Legislature https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21/enacted/housing-and-economic-development/housing-and-community-development/70049007Funding: $1,000,000$1,000,000No amendments filed on this line item.$1,000,000$1,000,000$1,000,000$1,000,000$1,000,000Would match the FY20 appropriation
$1,000,000
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7004-0104Home and Healthy for Good Program$2,890,000, matching the Legislature's funding recommendation$3,890,000Funding: House and Senate funding level of $3,890,000n/aFunding: Approved the full $3,890,000 appropriated by the Legislature https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21/enacted/housing-and-economic-development/housing-and-community-development/70040104Funding: $3,890,000$3,890,000No amendments filed on this line item.$3,890,000$3,890,000$3,890,000$2,890,000$2,890,000Would match the FY20 appropriation
$2,390,000
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7004-0102Shelter and Services for Adults Experiencing Homelessness$53,355,000, matching the Legislature's funding recommendation$58,000,000Funding: House funding level of $56,425,000n/aFunding: Approved the full $56,425,000 appropriated by the Legislature https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21/enacted/housing-and-economic-development/housing-and-community-development/70040102Funding: $56,425,000$53,355,000Amendment #368 withdrawn; Amendment #370 not adopted.$53,355,000$56,425,000 Earmarked funds added. $56,355,000$53,355,000$53,355,000Would match the FY20 appropriation
$48,355,000
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7035-0008Transportation for Students Experiencing Homelessness$11,099,500, matching the Legislature's funding recommendation$13,449,605 (updated from at least $11,099,500, based on House budget recommendation)Funding: House funding level of $13,449,605n/aFunding: Approved the full $13,449,605 appropriated by the Legislature https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21/enacted/education/education-k-12/70350008Funding: $13,449,605$11,099,500No amendments filed on this line item.$11,099,500$13,449,605$13,449,605$11,099,500$11,099,500Would match the FY20 appropriation; only would provide partial reimbursement to cities and towns$9,099,500
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7004-0202Rapid Rehousing for Individuals$5,000,000, as recommended by the Legislature$5,000,000Funding: House funding level of $5,000,000n/aFunding: Approved the full $5,000,000 appropriated by the Legislature https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21/enacted/housing-and-economic-development/housing-and-community-development/70040202Funding: $5,000,000$4,890,148No amendments filed on this line item.$4,890,148$5,000,000$5,000,000$4,890,148$4,890,148H.2 budget includes note: "Eliminated FY20 one-time costs." The Executive Summary** notes that in FY'19, this program helped 1,545 adults exit shelter for housing, and helped 726 avoid entering shelter.$5,000,000
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7004-3045Tenancy Preservation Program (TPP)$1,300,000, as recommended by the Legislature$1,800,000Funding: House funding level of $1,500,000n/aFunding: Approved the full $1,500,000 appropriated by the Legislature https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21/enacted/housing-and-economic-development/housing-and-community-development/70043045Funding: $1,500,000$1,300,000No amendments filed on this line item.$1,300,000$1,500,000$1,500,000$1,300,000, plus additional resources dedicated for Upstream TPP through the Eviction Diversion Initiative$1,300,000Would match the FY20 appropriation
$1,300,000
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Relevant Outside SectionsLanguage: Include language from these renumbered Senate Outside Sections: Outside Section 81 on Notices to Quit during the coronavirus pandemic; Outside Section 82 on eviction continuances during the pandemic; Outside Section 83 on Eviction Diversion Initiative data collection, and Outside Section 80 on creating a website to track the state's uses of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds.Legislature rejected the Governor's proposed amendments; House 5181 signed into law on December 31, 2020Language: Governor returned several relevant Outside Sections with amendments, including Outside Sections 79, 80, 103, and 104. See https://www.mass.gov/doc/attachment-e-amendment-letter-sections-79-80-88-and-103/download and https://www.mass.gov/doc/attachment-k-amendment-letter-section-104/download. The Governor's amendments to Outside Sections 79, 80, 88, and 103 are now House Bill 5181: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H5181See Outside Section 79 on Notices to Quit during the coronavirus pandemic; Outside Section 80 on eviction continuances during the pandemic; Outside Section 88 on Eviction Diversion Initiative data; Outside Section 103 on the creation of a task force on the COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Initiative; and Outside Section 104 on creating a website to track the state's uses of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds.Amendment #388 on preventing evictions related to COVID-19, filed by Senator Jehlen, was not adopted (rejected as part of No Bundle 4.) Amendment #82 on raising revenue in a progressive way, filed by Senator Comerford, was withdrawn.See Outside Section 47 on Notices to Quit during the coronavirus pandemic; Outside Section 48 on eviction continuances during the pandemic; and Outside Section 49 on Eviction Diversion Initiative data collection. Also relevant: Outside Section 46 on creating a website to track the state's uses of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds.Section 41 (b-c) and Section 42: Section 41 (b-c) says that courts should issue a stay of judgment and execution for cases where the issue is nonpayment, whether due to covid or not, and where the defendant shows that they have applied to emergency rental assistance--as well as asks for the court to compile a monthly report on number of cases and their outcomes. Section 42 asks for monthly reporting on the Governor Eviction Diversion Initiative and breaks it down into reports on RAFT, ERMA, HCECs, and HomeBASE.Amendments #585/#763 on promoting housing stability during the COVID-19 emergency and recovery, sponsored by Representative Hendricks (#585) and Representative Connolly (#763), were not included in the final House budget.Section 41 (b-c) and Section 42: Section 41 (b-c) says that courts should issue a stay of judgment and execution for cases where the issue is nonpayment, whether due to covid or not, and where the defendant shows that they have applied to emergency rental assistance--as well as asks for the court to compile a monthly report on number of cases and their outcomes. Section 42 asks for monthly reporting on the Governor Eviction Diversion Initiative and breaks it down into reports on RAFT, ERMA, HCECs, and HomeBASE.* Total budget recommendations = $44.6 billion under all categories of spending, as compared to $43.3 billion in the FY20 General Appropriations Act from July 2019
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Other Items of NoteLanguage: Include Senate language to eliminate the SNAP Gap; see line item 4000-0300 and Senate Amendment #271 to create a common application for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP) and MassHealth
n/aLanguage: Approved by the Governor https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy21/enacted/health-and-human-services/health-and-human-services/40000300Language: See line item 4000-0300 language on eliminating the SNAP Gap "provided further, that not later than June 30, 2021, the executive office shall implement changes to allow low-income applicants and recipients of MassHealth and the Medicare Savings Program to initiate an application for federally-funded supplemental nutrition assistance benefits at the same time as their application or renewal for MassHealth or the Medicare Savings Program; provided further, that the executive office shall ensure that relevant eligibility information and verifications provided by the applicant or recipient are transferred from MassHealth to the department of transitional assistance to determine eligibility; provided further, that not later than February 1, 2021, the executive office shall submit a report to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means outlining the additional costs and federal reimbursement opportunities involved in a common application portal for all MassHealth and Medicare Savings Program applicants and recipients whose gross income is not greater than 200 per cent of the federal poverty level;"The Senate voted 39-0 to approve the SNAP Gap amendment filed by Senator DiDomenico to ease access to SNAP/food stamp benefits by creating a common application with MassHealth. See Amendment #271.** Executive Summary: https://budget.digital.mass.gov/govbudget/fy21/static/fy2021h2_tab1-6b2143d5b48704c2bf701b3a0f6734f1.pdf\\\\\\
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*** Senate Bill 356: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S356/
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**** House Bill 621: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H621
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***** Senate Bill 2043: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S2043
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****** House Bill 3066: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H3066
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