Masschusetts Coalition for the Homeless FY'19 budget priorities + outcomes
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Line Item Description Governor's FY'19 Budget (House 2) Notes on the Governor's FY'19 Budget Coalition Fact Sheets and Other Links FY'18 Final FY'18 Anticipated Spending (According to Governor's FY'19 Budget) Governor's FY'18 Budget Recommendations (House 1)
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0336-0003Housing Court Expansion $ 1,000,000 Recommended continued investment to "support program operations". $ 1,000,000 $ 1,000,000 $ 1,000,000
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1599-0017End Family Homelessness Reserve Fund $ - Not included by the Governor. $ - $ - $ 1,000,000
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4000-0007Housing and Services for Unaccompanied Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness $ 2,000,000 Recommended increased funding of $1.25 million to "support program operations". This is a positive step, as the Governor had vetoed all of the youth homelessness funds for FY'18, before the Legislature successfully overrode the veto.
FY'19 youth homelessness budget campaign fact sheet
$ 675,000 $ 220,000 $ 2,000,000
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4403-2000Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children Grant Payments $ 194,112,725 Recommened increased funding. Would maintain the $300/child annual clothing allowance and doubling the asset limit to $5,000. Recommended 5 Outside Sections related to TAFDC to support working families and decrease cliff effects. Would eliminate the advanced notice language that would require the Administration to notify the Legislature before reducing benefits or limiting eligibility. See Outside Sections 15, 16, 45, 46, and 47. Outside Sections $ 162,851,212 $ 184,526,907 $ 148,287,920
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4408-1000Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children $ 74,872,788 Recommended decrease in funding for EAEDC, without proposing benefit reductions or new eligbility restrictions. Would eliminate the advanced notice language that would require the Administration to notify the Legislature before reducing benefits or limiting eligibility. FY'19 EAEDC budget campaign fact sheet $ 77,905,505 $ 77,437,114 $ 78,721,989
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7004-0101Emergency Assistance Family Shelters and Services $ 160,615,706 Recommended decreased funding for EA as compared to anticipated FY'18 spending. Include new wording of EA services. Would eliminate the advanced notice language that would require the Administration to notify the Legislature before reducing benefits or limiting eligibility. Would eliminate language requiring the Department of Housing and Community Development to track data and demographics and report reguarly to the Legislature. Would not require that motels be used as additional shelter capacity, but would allow for their use. FY'19 EA budget campaign fact sheet $ 155,878,948 $ 170,586,546 $ 164,696,546
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7004-0102Shelter and Services for Adults Experiencing Homelessness $ 45,180,000 Recommended slight decrease in funding. $ 45,770,000 $ 45,695,000 $ 45,180,000
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7004-0104Home and Healthy for Good Program $ 2,040,000 Recommended level funding. Would maintain $200,000 earmark for serving LGBTQ young adults. $ 2,040,000 $ 2,000,000 $ 2,000,000
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7004-0108HomeBASE $ 30,147,305 Recommended level funding. Would maintain positive provision included by the Legislature in the FY'18 budget that limits ineligibily period to 12 months, instead of the previous 24-month bar. $ 30,147,305 $ 28,929,046 $ 31,079,696
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7004-3045Tenancy Preservation Program $ 500,000
Recommended decreased funding for TPP, to match his post-veto FY'18 recommendation.
$ 625,000 $ 495,000 $ 500,000
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7004-9005Subsidies to Public Housing Authorities $ 64,500,000 Recommended level funding. $ 64,500,000 $ 63,870,204 $ 64,500,000
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7004-9007
Public Housing Reform
$ 950,000 Recommended level funding. $ 950,000 $ 940,500 $ 1,172,132
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7004-9024Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program $ 97,469,569 Recommended increased funding by $4.7 million for MRVP. $ 92,734,677 $ 92,234,677 $ 97,503,438
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7004-9030Alternative Housing Voucher Program $ 4,600,000 Recommended $400,000 decrease in funding for AHVP, to match his post-veto FY'18 recommendation. $ 5,000,000 $ 4,326,179 $ 4,600,000
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7004-9316Residential Assistance for Families in Transition $ 15,000,000 Recommended level funding for RAFT. Did not include explicit language to use broad definition of "family" that would include individuals. Would remove reporting language. Added in previous language that providers determine that the RAFT payment would allow household to maintain their housing, exit homelessness, or avoid homelessness. FY'19 RAFT budget campaign fact sheet $ 15,000,000 $ 15,000,000 $ 13,000,000
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7035-0008Transportation for Students Experiencing Homelessness $ 8,099,500 Recommended level funding. $ 8,099,500 $ 8,099,500 $ 8,350,000
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Outside Section 28Expansion of the Earned Income Tax CreditRecommended increasing the Massachusetts EITC to 30% of the federal EITC, up from 23%, starting on January 1, 2019. This could mean an estimated annual increase of $500 for families, to $2,000 from $1,500.
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