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Supplemental Budget Update: Additional Housing and Services Funds Have Been Passed by the Legislature

Supplemental Budget Update: Additional Housing and Services Funds Have Been Passed by the Legislature
Posted September 29, 2016 

Great news! The Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate passed the FY'16 supplemental budget this afternoon. 

As recommended by Governor Baker, it includes $1 million more for housing and services for unaccompanied youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness (line item 4000-0007).

It also includes $3.6 million for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP, line item 7004-9024).

In addition, the suppplemental budget restores this language to the HomeBASE program (line item 7004-0108):

SECTION 27. Item 7004-0108 of said section 2 of said chapter 133 is hereby amended by adding the following words:- ; provided further, that no family with a head of household who is over 60 years of age or who is disabled, who is in compliance with the requirements of a housing stabilization plan that reasonably accommodates disabilities, and who otherwise meets all program eligibility requirements shall be denied short-term housing assistance; provided further, that any such family with a head of household who is over 60 years of age or who is disabled shall not have engaged in, or be engaged in, any activity that threatens the health, safety or security of the family, other program participants or program staff.

See https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H4664, and check back on this page for any updates.

Please thank your State Representative and Senator for these deeper investments and budget language, and to Governor Baker for recommending the funding increases: www.wheredoivotema.com.

Thank you!