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Action Alert Archives

Action Alert Archives, 2011-2015

Please see http://mahomeless.org/advocacy/policy-alerts for our current action alerts and updates.

October 27, 2015: Please invite your legislators to join the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance for an Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness Advocacy Day this Thursday, October 29th! (PDF and web version)

October 21, 2015: 
Join us next Tuesday at the State House to show your support for House Bill 529 to strengthen the Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children Program (EAEDC) (PDF and web version)


October 1, 2015: 
Sign Up Today for Next Week's Basic Benefits Training on Helping Families Access Emergency Assistance and Related Benefits! (PDF and web version)

September 25, 2015: 
Hot Off the Press: Update on the Campaign to Stop Eligibility Restrictions on Access to Family Shelter (PDF and web version)

September 14, 2015:
 One-Minute Activism: Stand Up with Families without Homes: Ask Your Legislators to Oppose EA Restrictions in the Supplemental Budget

September 10, 2015: Stand Up with Families without Homes: Ask Your Legislators to Oppose EA Restrictions in the Supplemental Budget (PDF and web version)

September 3, 2015: Accessing the Clothing Allowance: Increased TAFDC Benefits and Eligibility for the Month of September (PDF and web version)


July 31, 2015:
  Success! Thank You for Helping to Secure the Veto Overrides to Restore Funding for Unaccompanied Youth + MRVP! (PDF and web version)


July 15, 2015: Stand Up for Equal Rights! Join Us at the State House on 7/28 for a Hearing on a Bill of Rights for People Experiencing Homelessness

July 8, 2015: Budget Update: The FY'16 Conference Committee Report Includes Many Increases for Key Housing, Homelessness, and Benefits Programs! 

June 25, 2015: Update: Thank You for Asking Your State Legislators to Participate in the Unaccompanied Youth Sign-On Letter to the Budget Conferees!

June 17, 2015:
Quick Action: Please Ask Your State Legislators to Participate in the Unaccompanied Youth Sign-On Letter to the Budget Conferees!

May 28, 2015: Help Shape the FY'16 Conference Committee Budget! Advocate with Us for Housing and Homelessness Programs


May 22, 2015: Senate Budget Update: Thank You for Helping Us Advocate for Key Senate Budget Amendments to Better Serve People Experiencing and At-risk of Homelessness! 


May 15, 2015: The Senate Amendments Have Been Filed. Now Help Advocate for Their Inclusion in the Final Senate Budget!for Their Inclusion in the Final Senate Budget!

March 19, 2015: Update: More Action Is Needed! Please Help Ensure Adequate Funding for Family Homelessness Programs in the Pending Supplemental Budget (PDF and web version)

March 13, 2015: Take ActionPlease Help Ensure Adequate Funding for Family Homelessness Programs in the Pending Supplemental Budget

March 12, 2015: Gratitude and Updates: Thank You for Your Support on Legislative Action Day + Analysis of the Governor's Budget Recommendations for Key Housing and Homelessness Programs

March 4, 2015:Youth Without Homes Can't Wait! Help Us Obtain $4 Million in the FY'16 State Budget to Create Housing and Services for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

February 18, 2015: Just Over Two Weeks to Go! Register Today to Join Us at the State House on March 5th for Legislative Action Day 2015! (PDF and web version)


December 17, 2014: Help Support the Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness Bill! Please Ask Your Senator to Sign onto the Letter to Senate Ways and Means Today!

December 11, 2014: Great News! The Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness Bill Has Passed in the House and is Moving onto the Senate!

December 1, 2014: Support the Coalition This #GivingTuesday and Throughout the Holidays!

November 25, 2014: Thanksgiving Week Gratitude and Simple Actions You Can Take to Help Address Homelessness!

November 17, 2014: Reminder: Join in Our Call-In Day Today to Help the Youth Homelessness Bill Move Even Closer to the Finish Line!

November 4, 2014: Join Us to Improve Benefits and Quality of Life for EAEDC Program Participants!

September 5, 2014: Youth Without Homes Can't Wait: Participate in Our Photo Action to Help Pass House Bill 135!

October 22, 2014: Important Housing Notice: Waiting List Openings for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program

August 26, 2014: Helping Families Access the TAFDC Children's Clothing Allowance: Increased Welfare Benefits and Eligibility for the Month of September

June 30, 2014: The Conference Committee Members Have Released Their FY'15 Budget Recommendations

June 18, 2014: Last Call! Help Shape the FY'15 Conference Committee Budget by Advocating with Us for Housing and Homelessness Programs!

June 9, 2014: Youth Without Homes Can't Wait! Please Ask Your Legislators to Sign onto Rep. O'Day's Letter to Chairman Dempsey in Support of House Bill 135!

June 5, 2014: Youth without homes can't wait! Help us end youth homelessness by supporting House Bill 135!

June 4, 2014: Looking Ahead to Fiscal Year 2015: The Conference Committee is Meeting Now to Iron Out the Differences Between the House and Senate Versions of the FY'15 State Budget

May 27, 2014: Outcomes from the Senate budget debate: Please thank your State Senator for supporting key housing and homelessness amendments!

May 15, 2014: Take action! Please call your State Senator to support amendments to the Senate Ways & Means budget!

February 25, 2014: Standing together, taking action to end homelessness: Weigh in with your State Legislators as we mark the Coalition's Legislative Action Day!

February 20, 2014: "Standing Together, Taking Action to End Homelessness": Sign up today to join us next Thursday for Legislative Action Day 2014!

February 13, 2014: Weigh in Today with Your State Senator to Push for Important Provisions in the Pending Supplemental Budget!

February 12, 2014: Updates and Actions: Pre-Legislative Action Day Training Call, Supplemental Budget Advocacy, and More

February 4, 2014: State House Call-In Day This Thursday, 2/6 to Pass the Youth Homelessness Bill!

January 30, 2014: Join Us for our Month of Action to End Homelessness

January 24, 2014: Help Secure Funding for Two Key Programs Serving Families Experiencing Homelessness!

January 23, 2014: Governor Patrick Has Released His Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Recommendations

November 19, 2013: Stand with Low-Income Families: Take Action as the Legislature Gets Ready to Vote on Welfare Reform Measures!

November 14, 2013: Ask Your Legislators to Take Action to Continue to Protect Families Experiencing Homelessness by Extending the New SDTEA Program

November 5, 2013: Update on the House Welfare Debate: Please Contact Your State Representative Today in Support of Rep. Decker's Critical Welfare Reform Amendment! (For a version with active hyperlinks, click here.)

October 2, 2013: Please Invite Your State Legislators to Mark World Homeless Day with the Coalition Next Thursday, October 10th!

August 22, 2013: Campaign to Strengthen Assistance for the Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children Program (EAEDC)

August 20, 2013: Important Information for Families Timing Out of the HomeBASE Rental Assistance Program

August 8, 2013: Save the Date! Forum on Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness, November 8th in Worcester 

July 25, 2013: Implementation of Key Housing and Homelessness Provisions Within the Fiscal Year 2014 State Budget

July 1, 2013: Happy New Fiscal Year! The Legislature Has Finalized the FY'14 Budget

May 20, 2013: Please Ask Your State Senator to Actively Support Key FY'14 Budget Amendments!

May 15, 2013: Looking Ahead to FY'14: The Senate Ways & Means Committee Has Released Its Budget Recommendations for the Upcoming Year

May 6, 2013: Tomorrow: Participate in a Call-In Day to the State Senate in Support of Emergency Assistance and HomeBASE!

April 25, 2013: The House Has Finalized Its FY'14 Budget Recommendations. Now It Is on to the Senate!

April 22, 2013: Take Action Today! Ask Your State Representative to Actively Support Key Amendments to the House Ways & Means Budget!

April 11, 2013: Looking Ahead to FY'14: The House Ways & Means Committee Has Released Its Budget Recommendations for the Upcoming Year


December 20, 2012: Save the Date! Please Plan to Join Us at the State House on February 27th for Our Legislative Action Day/Youth on the Hill Day

December 5, 2012: Early December News: Implementation of New Shelter Regs, FY'14 Budget Hearings, FY'13 Budget Cuts and Requests, and More

November 19, 2012: Participate in a Statewide Call-in Day Tomorrow, 11/20 to Push Back Against New Family Shelter Eligibility Restrictions!

October 4, 2012: Call to Action: Public Hearings on 10/22 and 10/25 on New Family Shelter Eligibility Restrictions

August 20, 2012: August Updates: RAFT Homelessness Prevention Program is Back and First Phase of Family Shelter Restrictions Are in Effect

July 18, 2012: Your Action Needed to Halt DHCD's Proposed Eligibility for Emergency Assistance Shelter!

July 9, 2012: Governor Patrick's Budget Signing Decisions + New Supplemental Budget Request

June 28, 2012: Contact the Governor to Ask Him to Support Key Elements of the Conference Committee Budget!

June 18, 2012: Last Call! Speak Up for Housing and Homelessness Issues in the Conference Committee Budget!

June 11, 2012: Speak Up for Housing and Homelessness Issues in Conference Committee!

June 1, 2012: Outcome of Priority Budget Amendments for Housing and Homelessness Issues

May 22, 2012: Senate Debate Alert: Please Call Your Senator Today to Support Key Housing and Homelessness Amendments

May 17, 2012: Time to Take Action! The Senate Ways and Means Committee Has Released Its FY'13 Budget Recommendations

May 1, 2012: The Final Outcome of the House Budget Debate. Your Advocacy is Needed on the Senate Side!

April 23, 2012: Weigh in Today with Your State Representative to Win Key Improvements to the House Budget Proposal!

April 12, 2012: Time to Take Action! The House Ways and Means Committee Has Released Its FY'13 Budget Recommendations


February 28, 2012: Our Legislative Action Day is TOMORROW! Will you "Leap into Action to End Homelessness"?

February 21, 2012: Countdown to Our 2/29 Legislative Action Day! Will You Join Us to "Leap into Action to End Homelessness"?

February 13, 2012: Reminder: Join Us Tomorrow for Our Unaccompanied Youth Call-in Day and on 2/29 for Legislative Action Day!

February 8, 2012: Reminder: Have a Heart for Unaccompanied Youth! Participate in our Valentine's Day Call-in Day to House Ways and Means!

February 1, 2012: Have a Heart for Unaccompanied Youth! Participate in our Valentine's Day Call-in Day to House Ways and Means!


January 26, 2012: Time to Take Action: Governor Patrick Has Released His Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Recommendations

December 29, 2011: Please Consider Making a Year-End Donation to Help Support the Coalition's A Bed for Every Child Initiative!


December 21, 2011: Online, On TV, and At the State House: Exciting Updates from the Coalition

December 14, 2011: EOHED Announces Public Hearings on FY'13 Budget

November 29, 2011: Executive Office of Health and Human Services to Hold FY'13 Public Budget Hearings

November 23, 2011:  Good News for Thanksgiving! Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness Bill Receives Favorable Report

November 7, 2011: Budget Update: Legislature Approves Supplemental Funding for the Emergency Assistance and HomeBASE Programs!

October 20, 2011: Update on Your Advocacy to Protect Access to Emergency Assistance and HomeBASE for Families Experiencing Homelessness!


October 19, 2011: Take Action to Protect Access to Emergency Assistance and HomeBASE for Families Experiencing Homelessness!

September 29, 2011: Legislative Briefing on Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness Next Wednesday

September 1, 2011: Children's Clothing Allowance Campaign Victory and Public Hearings on DHCD's HomeBASE Program Regulations

August 18, 2011: Public Hearing on DHCD's HomeBASE Program Regulations, Monday, 9-12, in Boston

August 9, 2011: Coalition's Highland Kids Initiative Will Be Featured on Chronicle This Thursday, 8-11!

July 28, 2011: HomeBASE Information from DHCD

July 26, 2011: Next Steps on Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness Bill

July 18, 2011: HomeBASE Information Session Has Been Rescheduled: Join Us at DHCD Next Monday, 7-25, in Boston

July 14, 2011: The Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness Bill Will Be Heard at the State House Next Tuesday; Help Fill Gardner Auditorium!




Past Policy Campaigns

Past Policy Campaigns

Past Policy Campaigns

Information on the Coalition's FY'17 Budget Campaigns 
Please follow these links to sections on our website with more details on the FY'17 budget process:
Overall FY'17 budget priority fact sheet(updated 5-6-16), including the Coalition's requests for line items such as Emergency Assistance, HomeBASE, youth homelessness, RAFT, Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, EAEDC, etc.

Expanding the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT, line item 7004-9316) homelessness prevention program: Campaign fact sheet (updated 4-21-16); downloadable organizational endorsement formonline organizational endorsementtestimony from Susan O. in support of the RAFT expansion

Providing $4 million for housing and services for unaccompanied youth who are experiencing homelessness: Campaign fact sheetcurrent organizational endorser list (as of 4-15-16); campaign endorsement formmore information about youth homelessness and the work of the Massachusetts Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

Provide Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter and resources to families expreriencing homelessness before they have to stay in places not meant for human habitation: Campaign fact sheetsupplemental budget campaign fall 2016/winter 2017

Increasing funding for the Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP, line item 7004-9030): Campaign fact sheet

Maintaining TAFDC benefits for families with disabilities: Campaign fact sheet

  • The Baker Administration plans to start counting SSI benefits when calculating welfare benefits for families in the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children program (TAFDC). The proposal, announced at the same time as the Governor's FY'17 budget recommendations were released, would lead to an estimated 6,900 families with children losing their TAFDC benefits completely, and another 1,600 families facing drastic cuts to their benefits. Such a policy would have dramatic impacts on the quality of life for those families (all of which have at least one member with a severe disability) and on the rates of homelessness and housing insecurity. Join with us in speaking up against this proposal!

Check back frequently for updates and additional campaign information.

Information on the Coalition's 2015-2016 Bill Campaigns 
  • Overall bill priority fact sheet (updated 2-26-16)
  • Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children Program (EAEDC) bill: An Act relative to assisting elders and people with disabilities in the Commonwealth, filed by Representative Jim O'Day and lead Senate sponsor Senator Patricia Jehlen (House Bill 529): Fact sheet (updated 4-8-16), legislative pageinfographic; status: House Bill 529 was reported out favorably by the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs and sent to the House Committee on Ways and Means on December 10, 2015. The bill remains in House Ways and Means. The Coalition is working to move forward elements of the bill during informal legislative sessions, which will run from August 2016-January 2017.
  • Bill of rights for people experiencing homelessness: An Act providing a homeless bill of rights, filed by Representative William Smitty Pignatelli (House Bill 1129): Fact sheet (updated 4-8-16), legislative pageflyer for 7-28-15 bill hearing at the State House; Rep. Pignatelli's December 2016legislative sign-on letter text; status: House Bill 1129 was reported out favorably by the Joint Committee on Housing and sent to the House Committee on Ways and Means on December 17, 2015. The bill remains in House Ways and Means. The Coalition is working to move the bill forward during informal legislative sessions, which will run from August 2016-January 2017.
  • Bill to protect families with children who are being evicted from subsidized housing or terminated from shelter from having to stay in places not meant for human habitation: Filed by Representative Denise Provost (House Bill 119): Legislative page; status: The bill was heard by the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities on October 20, 2015, where it is awaiting further action.
  • Sample of the Coalition's letter to legislators to request co-sponsorship of these three bills
  • The Healthy Food, Healthy Homes, Healthy Children bill: An Act relative to ensuring the well-being of all children in the Commonwealth, filed by Representative Jay Livingstone (House Bill 429) and Senator Mark Montigny (Senate Bill 94): Fact sheet from the Healthy Food, Healthy Homes, Healthy Children Coalition; legislative pages for House Bill 429 and Senate Bill 94; status: The bill initially was assigned to the Joint Committee on Education, and then was sent to the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities. That committee heard the bill on October 20, 2015, and the bill is awaiting further action.
Information on the Coalition's FY'16 Budget Campaigns 

Conference Committee budget outcomes (7-8-15)

Overall budget priority fact sheet (updated 4-15-15); letter to FY'16 budget Conference Committee members

Senate budget amendment fact sheet 

Housing and services for unaccompanied youth (updated 5-7-15)

Emergency Assistance family shelter and services program (EA) (updated 3-26-15); House budget amendment fact sheet

HomeBASE re-housing and homelessness diversion resources for families: Senate budget amendment fact sheetHouse budget amendment fact sheet

Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP)

Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP)

Transitional Aid to Families with Dependment Children program (TAFDC) House budget amendment fact sheet

To read our analysis of Governor Baker's FY'16 budget proposal, which was released on March 4, 2015, please click here.

Declare a State of Emergency to Address and End Homelessness in Massachusetts


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Across Massachusetts, an unprecedented number of children, youth, and adults are experiencing homelessness, primarily due to widespread poverty, and an insufficient supply of housing that is affordable to the lowest income households.

Join us in calling on Massachusetts lawmakers to declare a State of Emergency to End Homelessness, and taking immediate actions to help stop the crisis!

Please complete this form to let us know you (as an organization or individual) stand in solidarity with our call for a state of emergency against homelessness in Massachusetts.

The text of our call to action is below and here in PDF form:

Across Massachusetts, an unprecedented number of children, youth, and adults are experiencing homelessness, primarily due to widespread poverty, and an insufficient supply of housing that is affordable to the lowest income households. Homelessness and housing insecurity also are exacerbated by domestic violence, substance abuse, inequality, illness, and unemployment. According to numbers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, there were 21,135 people in Massachusetts counted as experiencing homelessness during the 2015 point-in-time counts conducted by the HUD Continua of Care across the state. We know that this figure is just the tip of the iceberg, as the HUD count is a snapshot for one day in the winter and includes only people connected to shelters and social service programs and those visibly staying in places not meant for human habitation. Families and individuals (including many unaccompanied youth) without housing of their own who are staying in temporary doubled-up situations with friends and family members are not captured in the count. Many Massachusetts residents staying in cars, campgrounds, transit stations, and other places not meant for human habitation are never captured in official counts either.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s September 2015 American Community Survey report, the overall poverty rate in Massachusetts was 11.6% in 2014. This included an estimated 757,235 people in Massachusetts living in households that fell below the poverty threshold (at the time, $24,008 for a family of four). Families and children in Massachusetts experience poverty at an even higher rate, as 13.2% of families with children under 18 have incomes which fall below the poverty line.

Homelessness reflects the statewide housing crisis and has led to a public health crisis. Research in cities and states across America, including Massachusetts, shows that individuals experiencing homelessness are four times more likely to die of any cause than similar people who are housed. The effects are equally dire for families experiencing homelessness: housing insecurity for families is associated with poor child health and increased risk for developmental disabilities among young children, as well as less-healthy children of pregnant mothers experiencing homelessness. The way to improve the health and well-being of these populations is simple: increase the stock of affordable housing so that fewer individuals and families become homeless in the first place, and provide rapid pathways back to housing for those who have lost their homes.

For more than three decades, Massachusetts has been a national leader in responding to homelessness and housing instability. At the same time, there is much more work to be done to ensure that everyone has a safe, affordable place to call home. Taking the example from the cities of Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle, as well as the state of Hawaii, we are asking the Commonwealth to recognize the homelessness emergency here in Massachusetts, and to take immediate and sustained action to end homelessness.

We are asking state officials to prioritize homelessness and housing programs in the FY’17 state budget by taking actions including, but not limited to:

• Expanding the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition Program (RAFT, line item 7004-9316) to continue to help families with children avoid or exit homelessness and begin to provide homelessness prevention funds to elders, adults with disabilities, unaccompanied youth, and other household configurations. (RAFT fact sheet)

• Increasing funding for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP, line item 7004-9024) to $120 million to maintain existing services and benefits to the more than 7,000 households currently served by the program and to significantly increase the number of low-income households (including families, elders, and persons with disabilities) struggling with housing instability who will be served by the program.

• Providing adequate funding for the Emergency Assistance family shelter and services program (EA, line item 7004-0101) and including key language to provide shelter to families who are at “imminent risk of staying in a place not meant for human habitation”. Under current EA regulations, otherwise eligible families who are within 24 hours of staying in places not meant for human habitation can be turned away from shelter, even if DHCD believes that the family will be forced to stay in a car, emergency room, or transit station. Massachusetts can and must do better for its most vulnerable families. Between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 (all of FY’15), 494 families with children were approved for EA only after first staying in a place not meant for human habitation. For the first five months of FY’16, 273 families first stayed in places not meant for human habitation before being approved for shelter (an average of 55 families/month). (EA fact sheet)

• Increasing funding for housing and services for unaccompanied youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness outside the custody and care of a parent or guardian (line item 4000-0007) to $4 million, $2 million over the initial FY’16 investment in this new line item. (Youth homelessness fact sheet and endorsement form)

• Increasing funding for homelessness assistance for individuals (Line Item 7004-0102) to $50 million, an increase over the FY’16 funding level of $44.8 million.

• Increasing funding for the Home and Healthy for Good Program for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness (line item 7004-0104) to $3.8 million, a $2 million increase over the FY’16 appropriation) and continuing to provide support to LGBT young adults who are experiencing homelessness.

• Increasing the number of voluntary treatment programs and beds for individuals of all incomes in active opioid and other forms of addiction, as well mental health services will prevent shelters form continuing to be indefinite holding areas for individuals struggling with special challenges and issues.


Outside of the budget, we are asking the Administration to increase coordination among state agencies tasked with addressing homelessness and poverty, and asking the Legislature to pass key pieces of legislation such as:

• An Act providing a homeless bill of rights (House Bill 1129 fact sheet)

• An Act relative to assisting elders & people with disabilities in the Commonwealth (House Bill 529 fact sheet)

• An Act to end child homelessness (House Bill 119 legislative page)

• An Act relative to ensuring the well-being of all children in the Commonwealth (House Bill 429/Senate Bill 94 fact sheet)

Join us in calling on Massachusetts lawmakers to declare a State of Emergency to End Homelessness, and taking these immediate actions to help stop the crisis!

-Posted 2/12/16

As of March 17th, there are 33 organizational endorsers, as well as over 550 individual endorsers for the call-to-action. The organizations (in alphabetical order) that have signed on include those listed below. Add your name and organization today!

AIDS Action Committee
American Friends Service Committee Cambridge
American Friends Service Committee Material Assistance Program
Arise for Social Justice
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee
Boston Warm
City Mission Boston
Community Works Inc.
COPE
Emmanuel Church
First Baptist Church in Framingham
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, UCC
First Church in Swampscott, Congregational, UCC
First Church Shelter
Friends of the Homeless
Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
Massachusetts Communities Action Network
Outdoor Fellowship
Poor People's United Fund
ROCA
Samaritans Steps
Sanctuary United Church of Christ
Somerville Homeless Coalition
South Congregational Church
Spare Change News
The Addict's Mom
The Plymouth Church in Framingham
Victory Programs
Wellesley Friends Meeting
Women's Lunch Place
Worcester Fellowship
Y2Y Harvard Square

Photos from our Legislative Action Day official launch of the State of Emergency campaign. Campaign endorsers and supporters dropped off materials about the State of Emergency request, along with blankets, to key legislative leaders and the Governor. The delegation underscored the message that a blanket is not a home.
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Improving the Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children Program (EAEDC)

Improving the Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children Program (EAEDC)

Please Support House Bill 529, An Act Relative to Assisting Elders and People with Disabilities in the Commonwealth

What is EAEDC?
EAEDC is a state-funded cash assistance and benefits program providing support to approximately 22,000 extremely low-income individuals, administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA).

House Bill 529 would:

  1. Increase the EAEDC grant
  2. Remove the shelter reduction/penalty for individuals experiencing homelessness
  3. Increase the allowable personal asset limit from $250 to $2,500
  4. Create an annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) for EAEDC program participants
Click here for the current campaign fact sheet and here for the legislative page for the bill.

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