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Advocating for Homelessness and Housing Programs in the FY'18 Conference Committee Budget

Advocating for Homelessness and Housing Programs in the FY'18 Conference Committee Budget
June 1, 2017; last updated July 1st

Happy New Fiscal Year! Even though it is July 1st, the Conference Committee budget still has not been released. Stay tuned for further details next week. In the meantime, state government continues to fund services and programs through a temporary budget covering the month of July.

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House and Senate Leadership have named the six members of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Conference Committee, who will be tasked with working out the differences between the House and Senate budget recommendations. (See their respective $40.8 billion recommendations here: House Bill 3601 and Senate Bill 2076.) The House conferees will be Representative Brian Dempsey of Haverhill, Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means; Representative Stephen Kulik of Worthington, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means; and Representative Todd Smola of Warren, the Ranking Minority Member of the House Committee on Ways and Means. The Senate conferees will be Senator Karen Spilka of Ashland, Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means; Senator Sal DiDomenico of Everett, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means; and Senator Vinny deMacedothe Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

The conferees will meet throughout the month of June to move closer to finalizing the Legislature's recommendations for the fiscal year that will begin on July 1st. Unfortunately, the conferees will be working with updated, lower consensus revenue estimates, which mean lower appropriations for many line items.

Please join the Coalition in asking your State Representative and Senator to weigh in with the conferees in support of the strongest possible budget for homelessness prevention, housing, and benefits programs. You also can advocate directly with the conferees. To find your legislators' contact information, please go to https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator. The conferees' contact information is available by clicking on their names above.

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If you have any feedback from your State Representative and Senator, please share it with us: kelly @mahomeless.org or call 781-595-7570 x17.

Thank you so much for your continued support and advocacy!

FY18 Conference Committee Advocacy