Advocacy

FY 2015

2015-2016 Legislative Session Bill Priorities

2015-2016 Legislative Session Bill Priorities

Help Advocate with Your Legislators with and for Bills to Better Serve Families, Youth, and Unaccompanied Adults

Our major legislative priorities for the 2015-2016 legislative session are described in this overview sheet and below.

House Bill 529 MCH EAEDC Campaign front

1.) Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children Program (EAEDC) bill:
     An Act relative to assisting elders and people with disabilities in the Commonwealth
     House Bill 529
     Lead sponsors: Representative James O’Day and Senator Patricia Jehlen
     Fact sheet and legislative page
     Online action alert in support of House Bill 529
 
2.) Bill of rights for people experiencing homelessness:
     An Act providing a homeless bill of rights
     House Bill 1129
     Lead Sponsor: Representative William Smitty Pignatelli
     Fact sheet and legislative page

3.) Bill to protect families who are being evicted from subsidized housing or terminated from shelter:
     An Act to end child homelessness
     House Bill 119
     Lead sponsor: Representative Denise Provost
     Legislative page
 



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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Outcomes for Key Housing, Homelessness, and Safety Net Program Amendments to the Senate Version of the FY’15 Budget

Outcomes for Key Housing, Homelessness, and Safety Net Program Amendments to the Senate Version of the FY’15 Budget

Key Senate Outcomes for Amendments for FY '15 Budget

Thank you for all of your advocacy and outreach to improve the Senate version of the FY’15 budget! During the
Senate budget debate, very few amendments were adopted overall. Please see attached document for more details on the outcomes for key housing, homelessness, and safety net program amendments in the Senate.
Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness Bill: House Bill 4517

Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness Bill: House Bill 4517

An Act promoting housing and support services to unaccompanied homeless youths

An Act to provide housing and support services to unaccompanied homeless youth was originally re-filed for the 2013-2014 session by Representative Jim O'Day and former Senator Katherine Clark.

This bill was signed into law on January 7, 2015 as Chapter 450 of the Acts of 2014. It seeks to reduce youth homelessness and its adverse effects by funding a continuum of housing and support services geared specifically for unaccompanied youth, age 24 an younger. The goal of these efforts is to improve housing and residential stability, reduce the risk of harm and improve educational, physical and mental health outcomes for this population.

The bill also includes direction for the state on how to continue the work of the Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth.

Download to read the bill text.