Posted February 19, 2022; updated March 8, 2022
As we get closer to the end of state fiscal year 2022, several key housing, homelessness, and benefits accounts are facing deficits. Yesterday afternoon, Governor Baker filed a supplemental budget request for fiscal year 2022. His proposal includes:
- $60 million more for the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition program (RAFT, line item 7004-9316)
- Without further appropriations, the Department of Housing and Community Development plans to stop taking applications for RAFT and the companion Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) on April 15th. The Coalition is working with advocates, providers, and community groups for even greater investments in RAFT and ERAP. We currently are asking legislators to provide $200 million more in combined RAFT and ERAP funds for FY22.
- $10 million more for the Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children program (EAEDC, line item 4408-1000) to provide benefits to an increasing number of program participants
- At a Joint Committee on Ways and Means FY23 budget hearing this week, Department of Transitional Assistance Commissioner Amy Kershaw reported that there were approximately 25,000 households participating in EAEDC as of December 2021, an historic high and an increase of 31% over pre-pandemic caseloads.
- $2.8 million more for shelter and services for unaccompanied adults (line item 7004-0102)
- Language to further extend COVID-19 eviction protections initially passed under Chapter 257 of the Acts of 2020 from the current planned expiration date of April 1, 2022 to January 1, 2023
See a PDF of the Governor’s supplemental budget proposal here and his filing letter here. The budget now heads to the Legislature for their review, additions, and edits. Stay tuned for advocacy next steps!