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Last updated August 1, 2019 Shareable link: https://tinyurl.com/mchfy20
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Line ItemName of Program/Description FY'19 Budget Coalition's FY'20 Budget RequestGovernor's Signing/Vetoes to the FY'20 General Appropriations Act (GAA): July 31, 2019 *No veto overrides needed!Governor's Budget Notes House Ways and Means FY'20 Budget (HWM, released April 10, 2019) House Budget Amendment and Debate Notes Final House Budget, April 2019 Final House Budget Notes Senate Ways and Means FY'20 Budget (SWM, released May 7, 2019)Senate Budget Amendment and Debate NotesFinal Senate Budget: Completed Late Night on May 23, 2019Final Senate Budget Notes Coalition's FY'20 Conference Committee (CC) RequestsConference Committee/Final Legislative FY'20 Budget Funding (Released July 21, 2019; voted on by full Legislature on July 22, 2019)Governor's Signing/Vetoes to the FY'20 General Appropriations Act (GAA): July 31, 2019 *No veto overrides needed!
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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 that have fallen behind on rent or mortgage payments but are not yet in the eviction or foreclosure process; continue to include the expanded definition of family so that elders, people with disabilities, unaccompanied youth, and other households without minor children can access RAFT$21,000,000 in combined funds, matching the Legislature's funding recommendationIn 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. $20,000,000; would provide a direct appropriation of $15,274,232, with language that an additional $4,725,768 would be provided through the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund; does not include language or funding to begin to provide upstream homelessness prevention resources to households that have fallen behind on rent or mortgage payments but are not yet in the eviction or foreclosure process; would continue to include the expanded definition of family so that elders, people with disabilities, unaccompanied youth, and other households without minor children can access RAFT; would provide no less than $3,000,000 to households under the expanded definition of family We strongly support Representative Marjorie Decker's rent arrearage amendment to add $7 million and language to the RAFT line item, Amendment #1127. Amendment text: ...move to amend the bill in section 2, in item 7004-9316, after line 36, the following: “; provided further, the department shall expend up to $7,000,000 under this line item to provide rental and mortgage arrearage assistance to otherwise eligible households that are at risk of eviction or foreclosure within the next 12 months; provided further, for the purposes of this pilot program, to receive cash benefits or other services, it is not necessary for a household to be subject to summary process under chapter 239, and risk of eviction or foreclosure may be determined by certified statements from the landlord or mortgage holder, and the applicant household verifying outstanding rent or mortgage and the household’s current inability to pay said fees; provided further, services and cash benefits under the arrearage pilot program shall be made available to households for the prevention of the loss of subsidized or unsubsidized housing; provided further, cash benefits shall not exceed the actual liability or four times the monthly rental or mortgage liability, whichever is less; provided further, such benefits shall be paid directly to the landlord or mortgage holder; provided further, in administering the pilot program, the department shall coordinate with the department of transitional assistance, member agencies and offices of the Massachusetts interagency council on housing and homelessness and the agencies contracted to administer the residential assistance for families in transition program on behalf of eligible households served by those agencies and offices so as streamline the application process, provide additional support services, and better promote upstream homelessness prevention and housing stability; provided further, the department shall issue quarterly reports on the rental and mortgage arrearage assistance pilot program to the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means, the Joint Committee on Housing, and the House and Senate Clerks; provided further, the report shall include but not be limited to the following information:

(i) the referral source for each household and number of households referred by said source;

(ii) the number of applications requested, the number of applications completed, the number of applications approved;

(iii) the number of applications rejected and the reasons for denial;

(iv) the household income and demographic information for each qualifying household and its members, by zip code and cumulatively;

(v) the monthly rent or mortgage liability for each qualifying household and the amount of each arrearage payment; and

(vi) the housing status of each qualifying household at six, twelve, and twenty-four months after receipt of services or cash benefits.”;

and in said item by striking out the figures "$15,274,232” and inserting in place thereof the figures “$27,000,000”. See https://malegislature.gov/Bills/GetAmendmentContent/191/H3800/1127/House/Preview.
$20,000,000; would provide a direct appropriation of $15,274,232, with language that an additional $4,725,768 would be provided through the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund Unfortunately, Amendment #1127 was not included in the final House version of the budget. $20,000,000; would provide a direct appropriation of $15,274,232, with language that an additional $4,725,768 would be provided through the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund; continues to ensure that at least $3 million be provided to households under the expanded definition of family; does not include language or funding for the upstream rent arrearage pilot programSenator Pat Jehlen filed a RAFT amendment, Amendment #797, to create and fund the upstream rent arrearage pilot program. The amendment was redrafted to clarify that the total amount we are seeking for the program is $27 million, not $27 million in the line item plus an additional $4.725 million in funds to be transferred from the Housing Preservation Stabilization Trust Fund. See the amendment fact sheet at http://mahomeless.org/images/RAAP_Senate_Budget_Fact_Sheet.pdf. We also support Senator Jamie Eldridge's amendment, #793, to increase RAFT funding. This amendment has been redrafted to adjust the additional funding that would be added to $500,000. $21,000,000; would provide a direct appropriation of $16,274,232, with language that an additional $4,725,768 would be provided through the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust FundThe final Senate budget does not include Senator Jehlen's language and funding on RAFT. It does include $500,000 in additional funds from Senator Eldridge's amendment (Amendment #793 was unanimously adopted on a 39-0 vote: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/GetAmendmentContent/191/S3/793/Senate/Preview), as well as another $500,000 in additional funds from an amendment filed by Senator Diana DiZoglio. See Amendment #1007: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/GetAmendmentContent/191/S3/1007/Senate/Preview.$21,000,000 in combined funds, matching the Senate's funding recommendation$21,000,000 in combined funds, matching the Senate's funding recommendation$21,000,000 in combined funds, matching the Legislature's funding recommendation
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7004-0101Emergency Assistance Family Shelters and Services$171,745,706 (includes $10,000,000 from mid-year supplemental budget)$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); maintain the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature 90-days advance notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibility. 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. $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 shetler spaces to better meet the needs of families with disabilities. Would 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 advance 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. $165,745,706; would not ensure that families no longer have to prove they have stayed in a place not meant for human habitation before being eligible for shelter; would allow families to maintain EA eligibility until they reach 200% of the federal poverty guidelines (while also maintaining the over-income grace period); would maintain the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature 90-days advance notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibility. HWM did include language in the related DHCD administrative line item (7004-0099) to maintain access to in-person applications for families seeking shelter. As in the final FY'19 budget, HWM would require DHCD to take applications in the 10 cities and towns where DHCD had staff as of January 1, 2018. This would prohibit 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. HWM also added new language requiring DHCD to add at least 60 accessible units for families with disabilities. We strongly support Representative Marjorie Decker 's EA amendment 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 add $300,000 to cover the increased costs associated with that change, Amendment #1124. Amendment text: ...move to amend the bill in section 2, in item 7004-0101, in line 31, by inserting after “situation;” the following:

“provided further, that not more than $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, as defined in 760 CMR 67.06.1(b), and who, but for not having spent 1 night in a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, including but not limited to a car, park, abandoned building, medical facility, bus or train station, airport or camping ground, would be eligible for emergency assistance under clauses (a), (b), (c) or (d);”;

and in said item by striking out the figures “$165,745,706” and inserting in place thereof the figures “$166,045,706”. See https://malegislature.gov/Bills/GetAmendmentContent/191/H3800/1124/House/Preview.
$165,745,706 Unfortunately, Amendment #1124 was not included in the final House version of the budget. $177,931,886; does include language 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, maintaining the over-income grace period); would maintain the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature 90-days advance notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibility. In the related DHCD administrative line item (7004-0099), SWM would maintain access to in-person applications for families seeking shelter by including language that would direct DHCD to take applications in the 10 cities and towns where DHCD had staff as of January 1, 2019, 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. SWM did not include the language that would allow families to increase their incomes to 200% of the federal poverty guidelines before the over-income grace period would begin. Senator Patrick O'Connor filed Amendment #872 to allow families to maintain EA eligibility until they reach 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.See https://malegislature.gov/Bills/GetAmendmentContent/191/S3/872/Senate/Preview.$178,731,886$178,731,886, matching the Senate's funding recommendation plus key Senate language to ensure that families can access shetler without having to prove that they already have stayed in places not meant for human habitation$178,731,886, matching the Senate's funding recommendation plus key Senate 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 shetler spaces to better meet the needs of families with disabilities. $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 shetler spaces to better meet the needs of families with disabilities.
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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$5,000,000, matching the Legislature's funding recommendationWould level fund with FY'19 appropriation$3,300,000; would provide level funding with FY'19 appropriationWe strongly support Representative Jim O'Day's youth homelessness amendment to increase the line item funding to $5 million, Amendment #883. Amendment text: ...move to amend the bill in section 2, in item 4000-0007, by striking out the figures "$3,300,000" and inserting in place thereof the figures "$5,000,000" See https://malegislature.gov/Bills/GetAmendmentContent/191/H3800/883/House/Preview.$3,300,000 Unfortunately, Amendment #883 was not included in the final House version of the budget. $5,000,000 to provide increased housing and wraparound services to youth and young adults experiencing homelessness and housing instability; this proposed funding level matches our advocacy requestFortunately, no amendment is needed.$5,000,000$5,000,000, matching the Senate's funding recommendation$5,000,000, matching the Senate's funding recommendation$5,000,000, matching the Legislature's funding recommendation
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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$116 million in combined funds: $110,000,000 in direct FY'20 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 fundsWould level fund with FY'19 appropriation$110,000,000; would provide $10,000,000 over the FY'19 appropriation We strongly support Representative Joe McGonagle's Amendment #859 to make MRVP program improvements and Rep. Paul Donato's Amendment #652 to increase MRVP funding to $130,000,000. See https://malegislature.gov/Bills/GetAmendmentContent/191/H3800/859/House/Preview and https://malegislature.gov/Bills/GetAmendmentContent/191/H3800/652/House/Preview. $110,000,000 Unfortunately, the MRVP amendments were not included in the final House version of the budget. $110,000,000 ($104,000,000 in direct appropriations and $6,000,000 that would be carried over from excess FY'19 funds); SWM also included language that would update the allowable monthly rent levels to match current fair market rents for mobile subsidies issued or leased after August 1, 2019.Senator Brendan Crighton filed an MRVP amendment, Amendment #715, to increase MRVP funding to $130 million, as well as tp add language that would require DHCD to issue a plan by August 1, 2019 detailing how new subsidies will be distributed and language that would increase the administrative fee from $40 to $50/month/subsidy for administering agencies. See https://malegislature.gov/Bills/GetAmendmentContent/191/S3/715/Senate/Preview,$110,000,000 in combined funds, with $104,000,000 in direct FY'20 appropriation, and $6,000,000 to be carried over from unspent FY'19 funds $116 million in combined funds: $110,000,000 in direct FY'20 appropriations, matching the House's funding recommendation plus Senate 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$116 million in combined funds: $110,000,000 in direct FY'20 appropriations, matching the House's funding recommendation plus Senate 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$116 million in combined funds: $110,000,000 in direct FY'20 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
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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; maintain FY'19 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$76,329,458, matching the Legislature's funding recommendationWould maintain FY'19 budget language to provide full grants to program participants while they are experiencing homelessness, instead of imposing the previous homelessness penalty $76,329,458; would provide full grants to program participants while they are experiencing homelessness, instead of imposing the previous homelessness penalty; would maintain the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature 75-days advance notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibility No amendment needed. $76,329,458$75,129,458; SWM would maintain FY'19 budget language to provide full grants to program participants while they are experiencing homelessness, instead of imposing the previous homelessness penalty; would maintain the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature 75-days advance notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibilityFortunately, no amendment is needed.$75,129,458$76,329,458, matching the House's funding recommendation$76,329,458, matching the House's funding recommendation$76,329,458, matching the Legislature's funding recommendation
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4403-2000Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children Grant Payments$201,580,967$200,000,000 or adequate funding based on caseload projections and the elimination of the family cap rule; remove the homelessness penalty, which currently means that families without any housing costs have their benefits reduced by $148.50/month; 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$204,455,227, matching the Legislature's funding recommendationLine item would maintain the $350/child annual clothing allowance, and would remove the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature advance 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.
$204,455,227; would maintain the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature 75-days advance notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibility; would maintain the $350/child annual clothing allowance We oppose Amendment #1078 from Rep. Brad Jones to decrease the number of families eligible for TAFDC and reduce monthly grants by counting a parent's SSI benefits when calculating financial eligibility for TAFDC. See https://malegislature.gov/Bills/GetAmendmentContent/191/H3800/1078/House/Preview. $204,455,227 Fortunately, Amendment #1078 was rejected. $203,656,859; includes $13,000,000 in additional funding to provide benefits for families previously subject to the family cap rule; would remove the homelessness penalty and restore benefits to families experiencing homelessness; would maintain the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature 75-days advance notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibility; would maintain the $350/child annual clothing allowanceFortunately, no amendment is needed.$203,656,859$204,455,227, matching the House's funding recommendation$204,455,227, matching the House's funding recommendation$204,455,227, matching the Legislature's funding recommendation
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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 from 618 to 800$8,000,000, as recommended by the LegislatureWould level fund with FY'19 appropriation$7,150,000; would provide $1,000,000 over the FY'19 appropriation$7,550,000 The final House budget included an additional $400,000 for AHVP, based on an amendment from Rep. Marjorie Decker. $8,000,000, which matches our advocacy requestFortunately, no amendment is needed.$8,000,000$8,000,000, as recommended by the House and Senate$8,000,000, as recommended by the House and Senate$8,000,000, as recommended by the Legislature
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7004-9005Subsidies to Public Housing Authorities$65,650,000$72,000,000$72,000,000, as recommended by the LegislatureWould increase funding by $6.5 million
$72,000,000; would provide 86.54% of funding from the state's General Fund ($62,308,800) and 13.46% of the funding from the Local Capital Projects Fund ($9,691,200)$72,000,000$72,000,000, which matches our advocacy requestFortunately, no amendment is needed.$72,000,000$72,000,000, as recommended by the House and Senate$72,000,000, as recommended by the House and Senate$72,000,000, as recommended by the Legislature
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7004-9007Public Housing Reform$1,000,000$1,000,000$1,000,000, as recommended by the LegislatureWould level fund with FY'19 appropriation$1,000,000; would provide level funding with FY'19 appropriation$1,000,000$1,000,000Fortunately, no amendment is needed.$1,000,000$1,000,000, as recommended by the House and Senate$1,000,000, as recommended by the House and Senate$1,000,000, as recommended by the Legislature
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7004-0104Home and Healthy for Good Program$2,390,000$2,390,000$2,890,000, matching the Legislature's funding recommendationWould level fund with FY'19 appropriation$2,390,000; would provide level funding with FY'19 appropriation$2,390,000$2,390,000Senator Paul Feeney's redrafted amendment, Amendment #774, was adopted on a 38-1 roll call vote to provide an additional $500,000 for Home and Healthy for Good.$2,890,000$2,890,000, matching the Senate's funding recommendation$2,890,000, matching the Senate's funding recommendation$2,890,000, matching the Legislature's funding recommendation
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7004-0108HomeBASE$32,000,000$32,000,000 or adequate funding based on caseload projections. (We are working to better understand DHCD's budget predictions, which indicate that lower funding may be sufficient.)$25,825,000, as recommended by the LegislatureWould 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 advance notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibility.$25,825,000; would maintain the requirement that the Administration give the Legislature 90-days advance notice before reducing benefits or imposing new limits on program eligibility; We support Amendment #699 from Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante to improve HomeBASE. See https://malegislature.gov/Budget/FY2020/HouseDebate/Amendments/699 $25,825,000$25,825,000$25,825,000$25,825,000, as recommended by the House and Senate$25,825,000, as recommended by the House and Senate$25,825,000, as recommended by the Legislature
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7004-0102Shelter and Services for Adults Experiencing Homelessness$48,180,000At least $50,000,000$53,355,000, matching the Legislature's funding recommendationWould fund just above the FY'19 appropriation$53,355,000; would provide $5,175,000 over the FY'19 appropriation$53,355,000$48,355,000$48,355,000$53,355,000, matching the House's funding recommendation$53,355,000, matching the House's funding recommendation$53,355,000, matching the Legislature's funding recommendation
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7035-0008Transportation for Students Experiencing Homelessness$9,099,500At least $9,099,500$11,099,500, matching the Legislature's funding recommendationWould level fund with FY'19 appropriation, but only provides partial reimbursement to cities and towns$10,099,500; would provide $1,000,000 over the FY'19 appropriation$11,099,500$9,099,500$9,099,500$11,099,500, matching the House's funding recommendation$11,099,500, matching the House's funding recommendation$11,099,500, matching the Legislature's funding recommendation
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7004-0202Rapid Rehousing for Individuals$5,000,000$5,000,000$5,000,000, as recommended by the LegislatureWould level fund with FY'19 appropriation$5,000,000; would provide level funding with FY'19 appropriation$5,000,000$5,000,000$5,000,000$5,000,000, as recommended by the House and Senate$5,000,000, as recommended by the House and Senate$5,000,000, as recommended by the Legislature
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7004-3045Tenancy Preservation Program$1,300,000$1,300,000$1,300,000, as recommended by the LegislatureWould level fund with FY'19 appropriation$1,300,000; would provide level funding with FY'19 appropriation$1,300,000$1,300,000$1,300,000$1,300,000, as recommended by the House and Senate$1,300,000, as recommended by the House and Senate$1,300,000, as recommended by the Legislature
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1595-6368Funding within the Massachusetts Transportation Trust Fund n/a Include funds in the line item to provide free Mass IDs to people experiencing homelessnessn/a$0We strongly support Representative Kay Khan's outside section amendment to add $50,000 to the trust fund to provide free Mass IDs to people experiencing homelessness, and to include language from the Mass ID access bill, House Bill 3066 (see https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H3066).in the final House budget, Amendment #765. Amendment text: move to amend the bill by inserting after section 58 the following section:

"SECTION XXX. Section 8E of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “cards”, in line 6, the following: - “; provided, however, that the registrar’s regulations shall include a process for a person who is homeless or is an unaccompanied homeless youth to apply for a Massachusetts identification card and to waive any fees associated with obtaining the identification card; provided further, that said process shall allow for a person who is homeless or is an unaccompanied homeless youth to submit proof of residency by providing documentation satisfactory to the registrar (i) from entities that provide services in the commonwealth, including, but not limited to, homeless service providers, or (ii) of services received from a department, division, office or agency of the executive office of health and human services.

For the purposes of this section, the term “homeless”, shall have the same meaning as set forth in section 103 of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, 42 U.S.C. § 11302(a), as amended from time to time, and the term “unaccompanied homeless youth”, shall mean a person 24 years of age or younger who is not in the physical custody or care of a parent or legal guardian and who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.”, and in section 2, in item 1595-6368, in line 2, by inserting after "laws" the following: "provided further that $50,000 shall be expended for providing state IDs for homeless youth and individuals,”; and in said item by striking out the figures "$343,879,615" and inserting in place thereof the figures "$343,929,615".
$0Unfortunately, the language and funding from Amendment #765 were not included in the final House budget.$0; language and funding not includedSenate President Emerita Harriette Chandler filed Amendment #464 to ease access to Mass IDs for people experiencing homelessness. See https://malegislature.gov/Bills/GetAmendmentContent/191/S3/464/Senate/Preview and http://www.mahomeless.org/images/ID_amendment_fact_sheet_senate_version_5-10-19.pdf.$0Does not include language or funding to provide free Mass IDs to people experiencing homelessnessn/an/an/a
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0511-0271 - new line item added to tracking in July 2019Complete Count grant program to support 2020 Census outreach, including outreach to people experiencing homelessness n/a $2,500,000$2,500,000, as recommended by the Legislature$2,500,000$2,500,000, as recommended by the Legislature