Advocate Along with Us to Improve the House Version of the FY'17 State Budget

Support key amendments to the House Ways and Means budget recommendations

Advocate Along with Us to Improve the House Version of the FY'17 State Budget
(Initially posted April 14, 2016)

Yesterday, the House Committee on Ways and Means ("HWM" or "House Ways and Means") unveiled its fiscal year 2017 budget recommendations for the Commonwealth. This $39.5 billion budget marks the next step on the path to developing the state budget for the fiscal year that will begin on July 1st. Tomorrow afternoon at 5 p.m.(Friday, April 15th) will be the deadline for House members to file amendments to the HWM budget, with the House budget debate scheduled for the week of April 25th.

See the sections linked here for preliminary information on the House Ways and Mean's budget proposals for housing, shelter, homelessness prevention, and cash assistance programs. 

*Please contact your State Representative today to ask her/him to support the key amendments listed below, notably the amendments to expand RAFT, restore funding for housing and services to unaccompanied youth, and to prevent families from having to stay in places not meant for human habitation. You can find your State Representative's contact information by going to or, or by calling the State House switchboard: 617-722-2000.*

Stay tuned in the days and week ahead for a more detailed analysis and additional information about amendments.

As this is only the next of several proposals on the way to the final FY'17 budget, your voice will be critical to helping to protect housing, homelessness, and safety net programs for families, individuals, and youth.

To learn more about the Coalition's FY'17 budget priorities, please click here.

We are truly grateful that you are advocating with us to protect and promote investment in these programs!

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