Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless FY'20 budget priorities + outcomes
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Last updated February 11, 2019
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Line ItemName of Program/Description
FY'19 Final Budget: Double check and add supplemental appropriations
Coalition's FY'20 Budget RequestGovernor's FY'20 Budget ("House 1", released January 23, 2019)Governor's Budget Notes
House Budget: Anticipated in April 2019
House Budget Notes Final Senate Budget: Anticipated in May 2019Senate Budget Notes Coalition's Conference Committee RequestsConference Committee/Final Legislative Budget Funding: Anticipated July 2019Conference Committee/Final Legislative Budget NotesGovernor's Signing/Veotes to the FY'20 General Appropriations Act (GAA): Anticipated July 2019Veto Overrides: Anticipated Summer/Fall 2019
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4000-0007Housing and Services for Unaccompanied Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness$3,300,000$5,000,000 to provide increased housing and wraparound services to youth and young adults experiencing homelessness and housing instability through the 10 regional agencies selected in FY'19 to administer the program$3,300,000Would level fund with FY'19 appropriation
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4403-2000Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children Grant Payments$201,580,967$190,000,000 or adequate funding based on caseload projections$184,876,642Line item would maintain the $350/child annual clothing allowance, and would remove the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature advanced notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibility. The DTA Commissioner also said that the funding level will allow the Department to move forward with regulation changes by October 1, 2019 to remove the homelessness penalty (a.k.a. in-kind shelter deduction) for families experiencing homelessness.

Related proposed positive and negative TAFDC policy changes via outside sections. On the positive side, the Governor proposed repealing the family cap rule, not counting one car or 529 college savings plans funds towards the asset limit, and supporting a 6-month earned income disregard. On the negative side, the Governor proposed counting Social Security benefits (and perhaps Supplemental Security Income, or SSI benefits) of adults in the household toward the income limit. While Social Security benefits already are counted, counting SSI benefits would leave some parents with disabilities and their families ineligible for TAFDC and others households only eligible for partial grants. See Outside Sections 54, 55, and 80.
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4408-1000Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children$76,264,729$76,000,000 or adequate funding based on caseload projections$75,129,458Would maintain FY'19 budget language to provide full grants to program participants while they are experiencing homelessness, instead of imposing the previous homelessness penalty
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7004-0101Emergency Assistance Family Shelters and Services$161,745,706$180,000,000 or adequate funding to ensure that families no longer have to prove they have stayed in a place not meant for human habitation before being eligible for shelter, and to allow families to maintain EA eligibility until they reach 200% of the federal poverty guidelines (while also maintaining the over-income grace period). 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 FY'19 budget requires DHCD to take applications in the 10 cities and towns where DHCD had staff as of January 1, 2018, 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 forego applying. Such language this year has meant that DHCD had to begin once again taking in-person applications from families in Lowell. $177,931,886Would increase funding above current FY'19 appropriation, although the EA program will need supplemental funding in FY'19. Would maintain current EA policies that require many families to prove they have stayed in a place not meant for human habitation before being eligible for shelter. Would remove the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature advanced notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibility.
The Governor also removed language in the related DHCD administrative line item (7004-0099) so that DHCD no longer would be required to maintain access to in-person applications for families seeking shelter.
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7004-0102Shelter and Services for Adults Experiencing Homelessness$48,180,000$55,000,000$48,355,000Would fund just above the FY'19 appropriation
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7004-0104Home and Healthy for Good Program$2,390,000$2,390,000$2,390,000Would level fund with FY'19 appropriation
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7004-0108HomeBASE$32,000,000$32,000,000 or adequate funding based on caseload projections$25,825,000Would decrease funding available for the program, while leaving the maximum benefit per family at $10,000/year. Would remove the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature advanced notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibility.
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7004-0202Rapid Rehousing for Individuals$5,000,000$5,000,000$5,000,000Would level fund with FY'19 appropriation
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7004-3045Tenancy Preservation Program$1,300,000$1,300,000$1,300,000Would level fund with FY'19 appropriation
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7004-9005Subsidies to Public Housing Authorities$65,650,000$72,000,000$65,500,000Would fund just below the FY'19 appropriation
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7004-9007Public Housing Reform$1,000,000$1,000,000$1,000,000Would level fund with FY'19 appropriation
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7004-9024Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program$100,000,000$130,000,000 to increase the number of subsidies to tenants and developers and increase the value of MRVP subsidies to better match current fair market rents$100,000,000Would level fund with FY'19 appropriation
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7004-9030Alternative Housing Voucher Program$6,150,000$8,000,000 to increase the number of subsidies available to individuals with disabilities$6,150,000Would level fund with FY'19 appropriation
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7004-9316Residential Assistance for Families in Transition$20,000,000$27,000,000, including $7,000,000 to begin to provide upstream homelessness prevention resources to households who have fallen behind on rent or mortgage payments but are not yet in the eviction or foreclosure process$15,274,232In addition to the almost $15.3 million recommended in this line item, the Administration recommended making $4,725,768 available to RAFT through the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund. The combination of funding proposed for FY'20 would match the FY'19 appropriation of $20 million.
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7035-0008Transportation for Students Experiencing Homelessness$9,099,500At least $9,099,500$9,099,500Would level fund with FY'19 appropriation, but only provides partial reimbursement to cities and towns
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