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Shareable link to this chart: https://tinyurl.com/mchfy24PDF summary of budget priorities: https://mahomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/FY24-budget-priorities-3-30-23.pdf

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Budget Linkshttps://mahomeless.org/legislative-priorities-2023-2024/Coalition's June 9th letter to the budget conferees: https://mahomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Massachusetts-Coalition-for-the-Homeless-FY24-Conference-Committee-letter-6-9-23.pdf https://budget.digital.mass.gov/summary/fy24/downloads/ https://malegislature.gov/Budget/ConferenceCommittee

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Line ItemName of Program/ DescriptionCoalition's FY24 Pre-Conference Committee Budget RequestsCoalition's FY24 Conference Committee (CC) Requests
(Conferees named on June 1, 2023, with the first meeting of the committee scheduled for June 7, 2023)
Governor's Review of the FY24 Budget (General Appropriations Act) and Budget Signing and Vetoes
(Issued August 9, 2023, approved $55.98 billion in funding)
Conference Committee FY24 Budget Funding and Language
(Conference Committee report filed on July 30, 2023, including $56.2 billion in proposed spending; the full House and Senate voted to approve the budget on July 31, 2023; the budget was sent to Governor Healey on July 31, 2023 for approvals and vetoes)
Senate Debate Notes + Amendment Outcomes
(Debate on the 1,049 amendments began on May 23rd.)
Key Senate Budget Amendments
(Amendments were due on May 12, 2023. The Senate debate is scheduled to begin on May 23rd.)
Senate Ways and Means FY24 Budget Proposals
(Released May 9, 2023; $55.8 billion)
House Debate Notes + Amendment Outcomes
(Debate on the 1,566 amendments filed began on April 24th.)
Key House Budget Amendments
(Amendments were due on April 14th)
House Ways and Means FY24 Budget Proposals
(Released April 12, 2023; $56.2 billion; see also
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/193/H3900)
Governor's FY24 House 1 Budget Proposals (Released March 1, 2023; $55.3 billion)Final Legislative FY23 Budget Funding and Language
(Conference Committee report filed on July 17, 2022, including $52.7 billion in proposed spending; the full House and Senate each voted unanimously to approve the budget on July 18, 2022; Governor Baker signed the budget and issued vetoes on July 18, 2022.)
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7004-9316Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)Funding request: $250,000,000

Language requests:
Prohibit the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (HLC, formerly DHCD) from requiring renters to have a notice to quit from their landlord before being approved for back rent assistance; provide upstream access to benefits with language such as "provided further, that to be eligible for funds or services in 7004-9316, it is not necessary for a household to have received a shut-off notice from a utility company, notice to quit, or summary process summons and complaint or otherwise be subject to summary process pursuant to chapter 239"; increase the RAFT benefit cap beyond the current cap of $10,000/household/year or at least maintain that cap; allow households to maximize resources from RAFT, ERAP, and HomeBASE programs; increase RAFT flexibility to incorporate more ERAP components; and maintain quarterly tracking and reporting requirements

Note: The anticipated FY23 spending is $230,006,137, according to figures from the Healey Administration.
Funding request: At least match the higher Senate funding level of $195,000,000 in direct appropriations.

Language requests: We ask the Conference Committee and the full Legislature to take action to restore upstream access to RAFT by prohibiting HLC from requiring a notice to quit, a summary process summons and complaint, or utility shut-off notice before families and individuals can access RAFT. We also ask the committee to reconsider the planned reduction of RAFT benefits to $7,000/year, which will negatively impact households across the Commonwealth, especially families and individuals in higher cost areas, larger households, and families and individuals with increased expenses related to disabilities and health concerns.
Funding: The Governor approved the direct funding level of $190,000,000, as appropriated by the Legislature.

Language: The Governor approved the legislative language for this line item.
Funding: $190,000,000, a $40,000,000 increase over the FY23 direct appropriation

Language: Includes language to limit RAFT benefits to $7,000/household over a 12-month period, matching the limit put into effect by the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities on July 1st for new applicants. Does not include language to prohibit the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (HLC) from requiring a notice to quit, a summary process summons and complaint, or utility shut-off notice before families and individuals can access RAFT.
Amendment Outcomes: Amendment #215 was withdrawn.

Amendment #422 was withdrawn after Senator Rausch made remarks on the Senate floor in support of improving access to RAFT.
Amendments: See Amendment #215, "Residential Assistance for Families in Transition," from Senator Gomez. This amendment would retain the current $10,000/year cap on benefits, instead of reducing the cap to $7,000/year. The amendment also would increase RAFT funding by $55 million to provide $250 million in direct appropriations for RAFT in FY24.

See also
Amendment #422, "Improvements to the RAFT Homelessness Prevention Program," from Senator Rausch. This amendment would prohibit the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC) from imposing a notice to quit requirement on households seeking assistance with back rent and move RAFT benefits upstream; require direct-to-tenant payments in cases where the landlord is not cooperative with the RAFT application and documentation process; direct EOHLC to provide forward rent payments for households without rental arrearages; and direct EOHLC to provide multiple months of assistance as long as the award would not exceed the 12-month benefit cap.
Funding: $195,000,000

Language: SWM did not include language to prohibit the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (HLC, currently DHCD) from requiring a notice to quit. They included language to reduce the cap on benefits from $10,000/year to $7,000/year.
Amendment Outcome: This amendment was considered under the Housing category, but not adopted as part of Consolidated Amendment F.Amendments: See Amendment #1483, "Improvements to the RAFT Homelessness Program," from Representative Decker. This amendment would prohibit DHCD from imposing a notice to quit requirement on households seeking assistance with back rent and move RAFT benefits upstream; require direct-to-tenant payments in cases where the landlord is not cooperative with the RAFT application and documentation process; direct DHCD to provide forward rent payments for households without rental arrearages; and direct DHCD to provide multiple months of assistance as long as the award would not exceed the 12-month benefit cap.

See also
Amendment #842, “Residential Assistance for Families in Transition", from Representative Howard. This amendment would increase RAFT funding by almost $80 million so as to provide $250 million for RAFT in FY24.
Funding: $180,602,462

Language: Does not include language to prohibit DHCD from requiring a notice to quit; includes language to reduce the cap on benefits from $10,000/year to $7,000/year
Funding: $162,602,462

Language: In a shocking move, the Governor has proposed capping RAFT benefits at $7,000 over a 24-month period, as compared to the current $10,000 annual cap and the advocacy request to provide up to 12 months of assistance to households, without a flat cap.
Funding: $150,000,000 in direct appropriations, plus an expected $50,000,000 from carried over unspent funds from FY22

Language: Includes language to set the RAFT benefit cap for FY23 at $10,000/household over a 12-month period (up from the $7,000 limit in effect since January 1, 2022)
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7004-0101Emergency Assistance Family Shelters and Services (EA)Funding request: At least $325 million plus additional funding to increase the income eligibility limit from 115% of the federal poverty guidelines (FPG) to 200% FPG for Emergency Assistance applicants, and to increase the income limit for families already in EA shelter from 200% FPG to 285% FPG.

Language requests: Language to implement income eligibility increases; restore the FY22 ombudsperson unit language (not included in FY23); improve tracking and reporting language and include requirement to report data monthly and post publicly; and maintain FY23 language to require DHCD to provide the Legislature 90 days advance notice before reducing eligibility or benefits
Funding request: Include at least $324,051,902, as recommended by both the House and Senate.

Language request: Adopt the Senate's more extensive tracking and reporting language.
Funding: The Governor approved the direct funding level of $325,251,902, as appropriated by the Legislature.

Language: The Governor approved the legislative language for this line item.
Funding: $325,251,902, higher than the amounts initially recommended by the House and Senate.

Language: Coming soon!
Amendment Outcomes: Amendment #217 was withdrawn.

Amendment #279 was rejected as part of "No Bundle 1."
Amendments: See Amendment #217, "Improvements to Emergency Assistance for Children and Families," from Senator Gomez. This amendment would increase the income eligibility limit from 115% of the federal poverty guidelines (FPG) to 200% FPG for Emergency Assistance applicants; increase the income limit for families already in EA shelter from 200% FPG to 285% FPG; restore the FY22 language to establish an ombudsperson unit to assist families applying for and participating in EA and HomeBASE; eliminate the EA asset limit; and direct the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities to make every effort to place families in their own room while in shelter to increase privacy and dignity and improve public health.

See also
Amendment #279, "Eliminate Asset Limits for Homeless Shelters," from Senator Eldridge. This amendment would prohibit the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities from imposing an asset limit for Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter eligibility. Historically, EA has followed the asset limit regulations for the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children program (TAFDC.) The Legislature eliminated the TAFDC asset limit in the FY22 budget, but the Department of Housing and Community Development, which currently oversees EA, continues to impose a $5,000 cap on assets for families applying for or participating in the EA program.
Funding: $324,051,902

Language: SWM included extensive tracking and reporting language and maintained FY23 language to require DHCD to provide the Legislature 90 days advance notice before reducing eligibility or benefits. They also included an outside section (#6, linked below) on posting reports publicly. SWM did not include language to increase the income eligibility limit from 115% of the federal poverty guidelines (FPG) to 200% FPG for Emergency Assistance applicants, to increase the income limit for families already in EA shelter from 200% FPG to 285% FPG, or to restore the FY22 ombudsperson unit language.
Amendment Outcome: This amendment was considered under the Housing category, but not adopted as part of Consolidated Amendment F.Amendment: See Amendment #1565, "Improvements to Emergency Assistance for Children and Families," from Representative Decker. This amendment would restore the FY22 language to establish an ombudsperson unit to assist families applying for and participating in EA and HomeBASE; eliminate the EA asset limit; direct DHCD to make every effort to place families in their own room while in shelter to increase privacy and dignity and improve public health; and improve tracking and reporting language. The tracking and reporting requirements in the amendment largely would continue requirements that already are in place in the FY23 budget. In addition, the amendment would establish due dates for the reports to allow the Legislature to respond in a timely fashion to changing trends in EA data, and it would require public posting of the reports to maximize transparency.Funding: $324,051,902

Language: Does not include language to implement income eligibility increases, restore FY22 ombudsperson unit language (not included in FY23 either), improve tracking and reporting requirements, or require DHCD to report data monthly and post publicly; does include language to require DHCD to provide the Legislature 90 days advance notice before reducing eligibility or benefits
Funding: $324,051,902

Language: The Governor proposed maintaining the current income eligibility limits and access to in-person applications for families seeking shelter.
Funding: $219,441,057 (higher than amounts initially proposed by House and Senate.) The Legislature later approved an additional $45 million in mid-year FY23 EA funding via a supplemental budget.

Language: Includes 90-day advance notice requirement and tracking and reporting language, with relevant language in Outside Section 4 on transparency and access to data and reports; does not include language to increase income eligibility for families applying for EA or seeking to retain EA benefits or ombudsperson unit language
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9110-XXXX (new line item)Bridge subsidies to promote housing stability for older adults Funding request: Provide $10 million to create bridge subsidies for up to 1,000 older adults facing housing instability to allow them to remain in place while they await approval for state-funded public housing or a subsidy through the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program. Low-income older adults participating in the bridge subsidy program would pay 30% of their income towards rent, with the bridge subsidy making up the difference in the total rent, up to 110% of the fair market rent. The bridge subsidy program would be administered by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) in collaboration with the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (HLC, formerly the Department of Housing and Community Development.) Funding and language requests: We ask the Conference Committee and the full Legislature to provide funding and language for bridge subsidies for older adults as soon as possible.n/aFunding: Not included
Amendment Outcome: Amendment #397 was withdrawn after Senator Jehlen made remarks on the Senate floor on the rising rates of homelessness among older adults and the need for bridge subsidies.Amendment: See Amendment #397, "Rental Bridge Subsidies for Older Adults," from Senator Jehlen. This amendment would add $10 million to a new line item, 9110-XXXX, to establish a short-term housing bridge subsidy program for low-income older adults (age 60 and over) facing housing instability. The funding would allow up to 1,000 older adults to access bridge subsidies so they can remain in place while they await approval for state-funded public housing or a subsidy through the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs, in collaboration with the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities, would administer the bridge subsidy program.Funding: Not includedAmendment Outcome: This amendment was considered under the Elder Affairs category, but not adopted as part of Consolidated Amendment B. Amendment: See Amendment #1219, "Prevent Seniors from Experiencing Homelessness," from Representative Uyterhoeven. This amendment would add $10 million to the budget for a short-term housing bridge subsidy program for low-income older adults at risk of housing instability.Funding: Not includedFunding: Not includedFunding: n/a
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4000-0007Housing and Services for Unaccompanied Youth and Young Adults Experiencing HomelessnessFunding request: At least $12 million to provide needed housing and wraparound services to youth and young adults experiencing homelessness and housing instability Funding request: Include higher Senate funding level of $11,000,000.Funding: The Governor approved the direct funding level of $11,000,000, as appropriated by the Legislature. Funding: $11,000,000, matching the higher Senate funding level.Amendment Outcome: Amendment #555 was rejected as part of "No Bundle 2.”Amendment: See Amendment #555, "Unaccompanied Homeless Youth," from Senator R. Kennedy. This amendment would increase funding for the youth homelessness line item by $1 million to provide $12 million in FY24 for housing and services for youth and young adults under the age of 25 who are experiencing homelessness and housing instability. Funding: $11,000,000Amendment Outcome: This amendment was considered under the Health and Human Services category, but not adopted as part of Consolidated Amendment B.Amendment: See Amendment #974, "Housing and Services for Unaccompanied Youth Experiencing Homelessness," from Representative O'Day. This amendment would increase funding for the youth homelessness line item by almost $1.5 million, so as to provide $12 million in FY24.Funding: $10,545,850Funding: $10,545,850Funding: $9,500,000
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7004-0108HomeBASEFunding request: Not less than $60,000

Language requests: Allow eligible families to receive at least two years of HomeBASE benefits, with opportunities for families to further extend HomeBASE in twelve-month increments to avoid a return to homelessness; increase HomeBASE payments from $20,000 over two years to $30,000 over two years plus $15,000 for each subsequent year, with additional flexibility for the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities to address the needs of larger families, families in higher cost areas, and other families with extenuating circumstances; lift the income eligibility limits for families once they are enrolled in HomeBASE to allow families to maximize their incomes; maintain FY23 language to require the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities to provide the Legislature 90 days advance notice before reducing eligibility or benefits; allow households to maximize resources from RAFT, ERAP, and HomeBASE programs; and include language to carry over unspent FY23 funds into FY24
Funding requests: Include higher House funding level of $42,070,445.

Language requests: Adopt House language that would increase the HomeBASE cap to $30,000 over 24 months, allow eligible families to access up to $15,000 in subsequent years, and that would eliminate the income eligibility limits for families once they are enrolled in HomeBASE and allow families to maximize their incomes without fear of the cliff effect. Adopt Senate language that would direct HLC to use at least $10 million to support families that need more funding beyond the cap.
Funding: The Governor approved the direct funding level of $37,070,445, as appropriated by the Legislature.

Language: The Governor approved the legislative language for this line item.
Funding: $37,070,445

Language: Includes House language to increase the HomeBASE cap to $30,000 over 24 months and to allow eligible families to renew HomeBASE benefits in 12-month increments beyond the first 24 months. Also includes an earmark of at least $2.5 million and language similar to language initially proposed by the Senate to give HLC the flexibility to provide additional resources to families beyond the general cap: "provided further, that not less than $2,500,000 shall be made available to administering agencies for circumstances in which the administering agency believes an award greater than $30,000 in a 24-month period is essential to resolve a housing crisis, in accordance with guidance from the executive office of housing and livable communities." Also includes language requiring HLC to give the Legislature 90-days advance notice before making any eligibility changes and benefits reductions that would reduce benefits as compared to the benefits available as of June 30, 2023: "provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, not less than 90 days before promulgating or amending any regulation, administrative practice or policy that would alter eligibility for or the level of benefits under this program to less than the benefit level available on June 30, 2023, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate setting forth the justification for such changes including, but not limited to, any determination by the secretary of housing and livable communities that available appropriations will be insufficient to meet projected expenses;"
Amendment Outcome: Amendment #323 was rejected as part of "No Bundle 1."Amendments: See Amendment #323, "Improvements to HomeBASE," from Senator Jehlen. This amendment would make critical changes to the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities' HomeBASE rehousing program for families with children who have experienced homelessness. This amendment would increase the value of HomeBASE subsidies to $30,000 over 2 years, up from the proposed level of $20,000 over 2 years, while maintaining SWM language directing the Executive Office to use at least $10 million to support families that need more funding beyond the cap. This increase is vital given the high cost of housing in every region of the Commonwealth, which has made it exceedingly difficult for families to lease up or stay leased up with HomeBASE assistance. Finally, the amendment would carry over any unspent FY23 HomeBASE funds into FY24. Funding: $39,570,445

Language: SWM maintained the FY23 change that made HomeBASE a 2-year program; included language to provide at least $10,000,000 to administering agencies for families experiencing housing crises that require an award greater than $20,000 in 2 years; and removed the income eligibility limit on families after they enroll in the program.
Amendment Outcome: Good news! This amendment initially was considered under the Housing category, but then reconsidered as part of Consolidated Amendment G on Labor and Economic Development (without the language to carry over unspent FY23 funds.) With a roll call vote of 157-0 in favor of Consolidated Amendment G, it was adopted. Amendment: See Amendment #498, "Improvements to HomeBASE," from Representative Barber. This amendment would make critical changes to the Department of Housing and Community Development's HomeBASE rehousing program for families with children who have experienced homelessness. This amendment would increase the value of HomeBASE subsidies to $30,000 over 2 years, up from the proposed level of $20,000 over 2 years. This increase is vital given the high cost of housing in every region of the Commonwealth, which has made it very difficult for families to lease up or stay leased up with HomeBASE assistance. The amendment also would allow for renewals beyond two years at $15,000/year for eligible households still seeking permanent, affordable housing. In addition, the amendment would eliminate the income eligibility limits for families once they are enrolled in HomeBASE and allow families to maximize their incomes without fear of the cliff effect. Finally, the amendment would carry over any unspent FY23 HomeBASE funds into FY24. Funding: $42,070,445

Language:
Maintains the FY23 change that made HomeBASE a 2-year program at $20,000 over 24 months; maintains FY23 language to require DHCD to provide the Legislature 90 days advance notice before reducing eligibility or benefits; would not increase the maximum HomeBASE benefits beyond the current level of $20,000 over 24 months
Funding: $42,070,445

Language: Maintains the FY23 change that made HomeBASE a 2-year program; includes language so that at least $10,000,000 would be available to administering agencies for families experiencing housing crises that require an award greater than $20,000 in 2 years
Funding: $59,411,201

Language: Includes language to make HomeBASE a multi-year program to allow families to access up to $20,000 over a two-year period; includes compromise language to allow families to maintain benefits for 12 months after exceeding the income eligibility limit (set at 50% of area median income); removes language that would cap the combination of HomeBASE and RAFT assistance, thus allowing families to maximize benefits under both programs
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7004-9024Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP)Funding request: Provide at least $200 million to allow increased access to MRVP and make program improvements

Language requests: Cap tenant rent share at 30% income instead of 40%; shift to a payment standard model to allow mobile subsidy holders greater autonomy and opportunity in choosing where to rent, instead of the current MRVP Maximum Mobile Rent system, which would bring MRVP more in line with the federal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program; include prior appropriation continued (PAC) language to capture unexpended FY22 funds to use in FY23
Funding request: Include higher Senate funding level of $179,597,023, with language to carry over unspent FY23 funds.

Language request: Adopt Senate language to shift the payment standard to 110% of the small-area fair market rent (SAFMR).
Funding: The Governor approved the direct funding level of $179,597,023, as appropriated by the Legislature.

Language: The Governor approved the legislative language for this line item.
Funding: $179,597,023, matching the higher Senate funding level.

Language: Includes compromise language to give HLC the discretion to set the payment standard at 110% of the fair market rent (FMR) or 110% of the small-area fair market rent (SAFMR).
Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: n/aFunding: $179,597,023, with language to carry over unspent FY23 funds (estimated to be $20.4 million)

Language: SWM language would shift the payment standard to 110% of the small-area fair market rent (SAFMR.)

Notes: SWM's Executive Summary estimates that the proposed increase would allow for 750 new vouchers.
Amendment Outcome: This amendment was considered under the Housing category, but not adopted as part of Consolidated Amendment F.Amendment: See Amendment #843, "Mass Rental Voucher Program," from Representative Howard. This amendment would increase funding for MRVP from $173,247,567 to $250,000,000.Funding: $173,247,567Funding: $168,247,567

Language: The Governor proposed changing the required tenant share of rent at 30% of income to the previous range of 30-40% of income.
Funding: $154,300,000 in direct appropriations, with language to carryover unspent funds from FY22

Language: Includes language directing the Department of Housing and Community Development to establish payment standard protocols for the MRVP program by January 1, 2023, which would set the tenant rent share at 30% of a household's monthly adjusted income and would set the payment standard between 100-110% of the fair market rent, with additional flexibility to provide reasonable accommodations to families and individuals with disabilities; additional language included to protect tenants seeking to stay in their unit after any decrease in the fair market rent levels by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
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4408-1000Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children Program (EAEDC)Funding request: Adequate funding to further increase monthly payments by 20%

Language requests: Increase monthly grants by 20%, building on the FY21–FY23 monthly grant increases; maintain FY23 language to require DTA to provide the Legislature 75 days advance notice before reducing eligibility or benefits; and additional Outside Section language to increase grants by 20% each year until they reach half of the federal poverty level
Funding request: Include higher Senate funding level of $201,409,929.

Language request: Adopt Senate language to implement a 10% grant increase. We encourage the Conference Committee to modify the language to implement the grant increase at the start of the fiscal year, instead of April 2024.
Funding: The Governor vetoed $18 million from this line item, approving $186,409,929. She noted in her veto explanation that the reduction is based on updated (lower) EAEDC caseload projections.

Language: The Governor vetoed language related to rates for residential care facilities and rest homes.
Funding: $204,409,929, higher than the amounts initially recommended by the House and Senate.

Language: Includes Senate language to implement a 10% grant increase starting in April 2024.
Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: n/aFunding: $201,409,929

Language: SWM included language to implement a 10% grant increase starting in April 2024.
Amendment Outcome: This amendment was considered under the Social Services category, but not adopted as part of Consolidated Amendment A.Amendment: See Amendment #1023, "Lift Kids Out of Deep Poverty," from Representative Decker. This amendment focuses on the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) and Emergency Aid to Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC) cash assistance programs. It would increase monthly TAFDC grants by 20%, not including the rental allowance; increase TAFDC line item funding by $73.2 million to $497,469,513; increase monthly EAEDC grants by 20%; increase EAEDC line item funding by $27.4 million to $224,555,514; and add two outside sections to increase TAFDC and EAEDC grants by 20% each year until they reach half of the federal poverty level.Funding: $197,155,514Funding: $194,155,514

Language:The Governor proposed continuing to provide full grants to program participants experiencing homelessness.
Funding: $147,462,852 (higher than amounts initially proposed by House and Senate)

Language: Includes language to implement a 10% grant increase earlier in the fiscal year, starting in October 2022
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4403-2000Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children Grant Payments (TAFDC)Funding request: Adequate funding to further increase monthly payments by 20%

Language requests: Increase monthly grants by 20%, building on the FY21–FY23 monthly grant increases; maintain the annual clothing allowance of $350/child, and the corresponding increase in the TAFDC Standard of Need that has allowed families usually just above the income eligibility limit to access the clothing allowance; maintain FY23 language to require DTA to provide the Legislature 75 days advance notice before reducing eligibility or benefits; and additional Outside Section language to increase grants by 20% each year until they reach half of the federal poverty level
Funding request: Include higher Senate funding level of $444,655,605.

Language request: Adopt Senate language to implement a 10% grant increase. We encourage the Conference Committee to modify the language to implement the grant increase at the start of the fiscal year, instead of April 2024. Adopt Senate language to increase the annual children's clothing allowance to $450/eligible child.
Funding: The Governor approved the direct funding level of $444,655,605, as appropriated by the Legislature.

Language: The Governor approved the legislative language for this line item.
Funding: $444,655,605, matching the higher Senate funding level.

Language: Includes Senate language to implement a 10% grant increase starting in April 2024 and to increase the annual children's clothing allowance to $450/eligible child.
Amendment Outcome: Amendment #363 was rejected shortly after Senator DiDomenico made remarks on the Senate floor about the importance of cash assistance, the annual TAFDC clothing allowance increase, job training supports for immigrants and refugees, and early education investments.Amendment: See Amendment #363, "State-funded SNAP Assistance and TAFDC Benefits for Non-citizens," from Senator DiDomenico.Funding: $444,655,605

Language: SWM included language to implement a 10% grant increase starting in April 2024, as well as an increase to the annual children's clothing allowance from $400 to $450 per child.
Amendment Outcome: This amendment was considered under the Social Services category, but not adopted as part of Consolidated Amendment A.Amendment: See Amendment #1023, "Lift Kids Out of Deep Poverty," from Representative Decker. This amendment focuses on the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) and Emergency Aid to Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC) cash assistance programs. It would increase monthly TAFDC grants by 20%, not including the rental allowance; increase TAFDC line item funding by $73.2 million to $497,469,513; increase monthly EAEDC grants by 20%; increase EAEDC line item funding by $27.4 million to $224,555,514; and add two outside sections to increase TAFDC and EAEDC grants by 20% each year until they reach half of the federal poverty level.Funding: $424,269,513Funding: $424,269,513

Language: The Governor proposed increasing the annual clothing allowance to $400/child.
Funding: $377,579,793 (higher than amounts initially proposed by House and Senate)

Language: Includes language to implement a 10% grant increase earlier in the fiscal year, starting in October 2022
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Relevant Outside SectionEviction ProtectionsLanguage request: Restore Chapter 257 eviction protections and make them permanent. These protections pause eviction proceedings while a family or individual has a pending application for emergency rental assistance through programs such as RAFT. The protections were in effect from January 2021–March 2023. The protections expired on March 31, 2023.Language request: We ask the Conference Committee to adopt the House's overarching language on Chapter 257 eviction protections, which would not require the court to make a determination that a tenant filed their rental assistance application in good faith. We believe that such a requirement (as adopted by the Senate) would inject unnecessary subjectivity and delays into the process. We also ask the committee to adopt Senate language that would provide a pathway to eviction record sealing for certain tenants who have received Chapter 257 eviction protections.Language: The Governor approved the eviction protection language included in Outside Section 64 without any amendments. This means that the protections formerly known as Chapter 257 eviction protections have been restored and made permanent!Language: Outside Section 64 would restore the Chapter 257 eviction protections that expired on March 31, 2023 and make the protections permanent.Amendment Outcome: Amendment #176 was redrafted twice and then adopted. The final redraft would require tenants to file rental assistance applications in good faith in order to be eligible for Chapter 257 protections, among other changes. Amendment: See Amendment #176, "Tenancy Protections," from Senator Edwards. This amendment would build upon Senate Ways and Means’ restoration of Chapter 257 eviction protections by adding in language to direct the court to dismiss a landlord’s claim if the tenant has been approved for emergency rental assistance and has paid off their arrearage in full. It also would allow those tenants to petition the court to seal their eviction records, after any appeal periods have expired.Language: Included as Outside Section 35, "Eviction Protections"Amendment Status: n/aAmendment: None neededLanguage: Included as Outside Section 28Language: Not includedLanguage: Adopted by the Legislature as Outside Section 169, but sent back with amendments by Governor Baker
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Relevant Outside Section and 1595-6368Language in an Outside Section and funding within the Massachusetts Transportation Trust Fund to provide free Mass IDs to people experiencing homelessnessFunding: $75,000

Language: Include language in the Massachusetts Transportation Trust Fund line item and an outside section to provide free Mass IDs to people experiencing homelessness
Funding and language requests: We ask the Conference Committee and the full Legislature to take action to expand access to Mass IDs for youth and adults experiencing homelessness as soon as possible.n/aLanguage: Not included. The Senate, however, voted unanimously on July 27, 2023 to pass the Mass ID access bill, which now will await action in the House.Amendment Outcome: Amendment #851 was rejected as part of "No Bundle 4.”Amendment: See Amendment #851, “Identification for youth and adults experiencing homelessness,” from Senator R. Kennedy. This amendment would add an outside section to establish the fee waiver and documentation standards for youth and adults experiencing homelessness to access free standard Mass IDs from the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Funding and language: Not included Amendment Outcome: This amendment was considered under the Transportation category, but not adopted as part of Consolidated Amendment E.Amendment: See Amendment #1011, "Identification for youth and adults experiencing homelessness," from Representative O'Day. This amendment would add $75,000 in the line item to provide free Mass IDs to people experiencing homelessness. It also would add an outside section to establish the fee waiver and documentation standards for youth and adults experiencing homelessness to access standard Mass IDs. Funding: $0Funding: $0Language: Not included
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7004-9030Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP)Funding request: $26,000,000Funding request: Include higher Senate funding level of $16,863,078, with language to carry over unspent FY23 funds (estimated to be $9.1 million).Funding: The Governor approved the direct funding level of $16,863,078, as appropriated by the Legislature. Funding: $16,863,078, matching the higher Senate funding level.Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: n/aFunding: $16,863,078, with language to carry over unspent FY23 funds (estimated to be $9.1 million)Amendment Outcome: This amendment was considered under the Housing category, but not adopted as part of Consolidated Amendment F.Amendment: See Amendment 1329, "AHVP Language Change," from Representative Consalvo. This amendment allows rental assistance to be provided in the form of either mobile vouchers or project-based vouchers, instead of only mobile vouchers.Funding: $14,108,528Funding: $14,108,528Funding: $13,685,355 in direct appropriations, with language to carryover unspent funds from FY22
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7004-9005Subsidies to Public Housing AuthoritiesFunding request: $184,000,000Funding request: Include higher Senate funding level of $107,000,000.Funding: The Governor approved the direct funding level of $107,000,000, as appropriated by the Legislature. Funding: $107,000,000, matching the higher Senate funding level.Amendment Outcome: Amendment #195 was withdrawn after Senator Miranda made remarks on the Senate floor in support of deeper investments in state-funded public housing.Amendment: See Amendment #195, "Local Public Housing Authorities," from Senator Miranda. This amendment would increase funding for public housing operating subsidies by $18 million to $125 million.Funding: $107,000,000 Amendment Outcome: This amendment was considered under the Housing category, but not adopted as part of Consolidated Amendment F.Amendment: See Amendment #392,"Local Housing Authorities," from Representative Sena. The amendment would increase funding for public housing operating subsidies by $10 million to $112 million.Funding: $102,000,000Funding: $92,000,000Funding: $92,000,000
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0321-XXXX (new line item)Access to CounselFunding request: $7,000,000Language request: We ask the Conference Committee and the full Legislature to take action to expand access to counsel as soon as possible.n/aFunding: Not includedAmendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: n/aFunding: Not included Amendment Outcome: This amendment was considered under the Judiciary category, but not adopted as part of Consolidated Amendment C.Amendment: See Amendment #1137, "Access to Counsel," from Representative Rogers and Representative Day. This amendment would create a statewide Access to Counsel Program to be administered by the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation. The program would provide legal representation to low-income tenants and certain low-income owner-occupants in the eviction process and fund outreach to eligible individuals to educate them about their rights. The amendment also would add an outside section to establish the access to counsel program in statute.Funding: $0Funding: $0Funding: n/a
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7004-0102Shelter and Services for Adults Experiencing HomelessnessFunding request: $120,000,000Funding request: Include at least $110,752,398, as recommended by both the House and Senate (before additional earmarks were added).Funding: The Governor vetoed $40,000 in funding, approving $110,752,398.

Language: The Governor vetoed a $40,000 earmark for Craig's Doors.
Funding: Includes $110,792,398Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: n/aFunding: $110,752,398Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: n/aFunding: $110,752,398Funding: $110,752,398Funding: $110,000,000 (higher than amounts initially proposed by House and Senate)
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7004-0104Home and Healthy for Good ProgramFunding request: $8,390,000Funding request: Include higher House funding level of $8,390,000.Funding: The Governor vetoed $2,500,000 in funding, approving $6,390,000.Funding: $8,890,000, higher than the amounts initially recommended by the House and Senate.Amendment Outcome: Amendment #182 was rejected as part of "No Bundle 1."Amendment: See Amendment #182, Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance," from Senator Feeney.Funding: $6,390,000 Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: None needed.Funding: $8,390,000Funding: $4,162,300Funding: $6,390,000
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7035-0008Transportation for Students Experiencing HomelessnessFunding request: $28,671,815Funding request: Include $28,671,815, as recommended by both the House and Senate.Funding: The Governor approved the direct funding level of $28,671,815, as appropriated by the Legislature.

Language: The Governor vetoed earmarks in the line item.
Funding: $28,671,815, as recommended by both the House and Senate.Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: None neededFunding: $28,671,815 Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: None needed.Funding: $28,671,815Funding: $28,671,815Funding: $22,981,479
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4400-XXXX and 4400-XXXX (2 new line items)Food and Cash Assistance Benefits for Certain ImmigrantsLanguage: Restore state-funded food and cash assistance benefits to certain immigrants who have Lawful Permanent Resident status or otherwise are permanently residing in the U.S. under color of law (PRUCOL status). The programs would provide food assistance to families and individuals who otherwise meet the eligibility criteria for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and cash assistance to families and individuals who otherwise meet the eligibility criteria for the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) program. Funding and language request: We ask the Conference Committee and the full Legislature to take action to expand access to food and cash assistance for immigrants as soon as possible.n/aFunding: Not includedAmendment Outcome: Amendment #363 was rejected.Amendment: See Amendment #363, "State-funded SNAP Assistance and TAFDC Benefits for Non-citizens," from Senator DiDomenico. This amendment would restore state-funded food and cash assistance benefits to certain immigrants who have Lawful Permanent Resident status or otherwise are permanently residing in the U.S. under color of law (PRUCOL status). The programs would provide food assistance to families and individuals who otherwise meet the eligibility criteria for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and cash assistance to families and individuals who otherwise meet the eligibility criteria for the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) program. The amendment also seeks to fund food assistance at $15 million and cash assistance at $3 million.Funding: $0Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: n/aFunding: $0Funding: $0Funding: n/a
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7004-0202Rapid Rehousing for IndividualsFunding request: $5,000,000Funding request: Include $5,000,000, as recommended by both the House and Senate.Funding: The Governor approved the direct funding level of $5,000,000, as appropriated by the Legislature. Funding: Includes $5,000,000, as recommended by both the House and Senate.Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: None neededFunding: $5,000,000Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: None needed.Funding: $5,000,000Funding: $5,000,000Funding: $5,000,000
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7004-3045Tenancy Preservation Program (TPP)Funding request: $2,042,755Funding request: Include $2,042,755 as recommended by both the House and Senate.Funding: The Governor approved the direct funding level of $2,042,755, as appropriated by the Legislature. Funding: Includes $2,042,755 as recommended by both the House and Senate.Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: n/aFunding: $2,042,755 Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: None needed. Funding: $2,042,755Funding: $2,042,755Funding: $1,800,000
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7004-0105Sponsor-based Permanent Supportive HousingFunding request: At least $8,000,000Funding request: Include higher Senate funding level of $8,355,000.Funding: The Governor approved the direct funding level of $8,905,000, as appropriated by the Legislature. Funding: Includes $8,905,000, higher than the amounts initially recommended by the House and Senate.Amendment Outcome: Amendment #231 was adopted!Amendment: See Amendment #231, "Sponsor-based Permanent Supportive Housing," from Senator Feeney. Among other changes, this amendment would increase the funding to $8,355,000.Funding: $7,600,000 Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: None needed. Funding: $8,000,000Funding: $7,600,000Funding: $7,100,000
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7004-9007Public Housing ReformFunding request: $7,700,000Funding request: Include higher House funding level of $2,200,000.Funding: The Governor approved the direct funding level of $1,315,000, as appropriated by the Legislature. Funding: Includes $1,315,000, a compromise amount.Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: n/aFunding: $1,250,000 Amendment Outcome: This amendment was considered under the Housing category, but not adopted as part of Consolidated Amendment F.Amendment: See Amendment #966, "Public Housing Tenant Program," from Representative Fiola. This amendment would increase funding for the Public Housing Tenant Program from $2.2 million to $4.2 million.Funding: $2,200,000Funding: $2,200,000Funding: $1,000,000
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7004-0099Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)/Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (HLC) Administrative Line ItemLanguage request: Language to ensure that HLC maintains/restores access to in-person applications for Emergency Assistance (EA) in the 10 cities and towns where the Executive Office has had local offices plus language to implement an online application portalLanguage request: Retain language included in both the House and Senate budgets to ensure that HLC maintains access to in-person applications for Emergency Assistance (EA) in the 10 cities and towns where the Executive Office has local offices.Language: The Governor approved the legislative language for this line item.Language: Includes language initially recommended by both the House and Senate to ensure that HLC maintains access to in-person applications for Emergency Assistance (EA) in the 10 cities and towns where the Executive Office has local offices.Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: None neededLanguage: SWM included language on local office access for families seeking to apply for Emergency Assistance family shelter and HomeBASE benefits. The SWM budget calls on the Administration to report on ways families can apply for shelter, but does not require the new Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities to provide online access to EA applications.Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: None needed.Language: The House Ways and Means budget maintains language on local office access for families seeking to apply for Emergency Assistance family shelter and HomeBASE benefits. The HWM budget calls on the Administration to report on ways families can apply for shelter, but does not require DHCD to provide online access to EA applications.Language: The Governor's budget maintains language on local office access for families seeking to apply for Emergency Assistance family shelter and HomeBASE benefits.Language: Includes language to ensure that DHCD maintains/restores access to in-person applications for Emergency Assistance (EA) in the 10 cities and towns where DHCD has had local offices, as well as related language in Outside Section 4 on public posting of reports
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Relevant Outside SectionPublic posting of reports from state agencies and legislative commissionsLanguage request: Increase transparency and access to reports by posting them online in a timely and searchable mannerLanguage request: Adopt Senate language from Outside Section 6, "Electronic Filing of Reports."Language: The Governor approved the language included in Outside Section 6 without any amendments. Language: Included as Outside Section 6.Amendment Outcome: n/aAmendment: None neededLanguage: SWM included this language as Outside Section 6, "Electronic Filing of Reports."Amendment Outcome: The related amendment was considered under the Housing category, but not adopted as part of Consolidated Amendment F.Amendment: Not filed in this form. Amendment #1565 from Rep. Decker (described above) would require public posting of reports on the Emergency Assistance and HomeBASE programs.Language: Not includedLanguage: Not includedLanguage: Adopted by the Legislature as Outside Section 4, but sent back with amendments by Governor Baker
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