Homes for Families
As you know, the House Ways and Means Committee released their budget proposal on Wednesday. Important amendments are needed to address the family homelessness crisis in Massachusetts. Please contact your Representative and ask that they co-sponsor and support the following amendments:
Please make your calls RIGHT NOW! The deadline to file and co-sponsor is today!
Please support an increase to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (line item 7004-9024) to address the shortage of affordable housing in Massachusetts
Sign on to:
Representative Fox’s amendment to restore funding to $87.5 M. Contact Mary Tuitt email@example.com, 617-722-2810
Representative Garballey’s amendment to restore funding to $75.5 M. Contact Max Chalkins at firstname.lastname@example.org 617-722-2090
Access to the Safety Net
Please assure the safety of children and parents to prevent homeless children from sleeping in places not meant for human habitation
Sign on to:
Representative Decker’s amendment to line item 7004-0101 to prevent homeless children from sleeping in places not meant for human habitation. Contact David Wittenberg at email@example.com or 617-722-2430.
(Watch this video for more information about why this amendment is so important)
Other key amendments, please review and encourage support on the items you feel are most important:
Rep. DiZoglio’s amendment to increase flexible assistance, through the HomeBASE Program (7004-0108) to support families to move out of shelter from $6,000 to $8,000. To co-sponsor, call 617-722-2060
Rep. Honan’s amendment to allow increases to $8,000 in certain circumstances and other technical changes. Please contact 617-722-2470
Financial Support for Low Income Families
Representative Decker’s amendment to level fund the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children grant payments (DTA 4403-2000) to allow for a modest TAFDC grant increase, restore the rent allowance for those paying private, unsubsidized rent, and provide a safety net to families who need it most. Contact David Wittenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-722-2430 to coponsor.
Rep. Honan’s amendment regarding the RAFT (7004-9316) program which provides prevention assistance to keep people housed; contact 617-254-6457
Representative Swan’s amendment to insert language in the Emergency Assistance Line Item (7004-0101) to assure 12 month contracts for shelter providers. To co-sponsor, call 617-722-2680
Education and Childcare
Chairwoman Khan’s amendment to fund the Employment Services Program (DTA 4401-1000) at $10.2 million with $2 million to establish pilot pathways programs that would assist low-income families in accessing post-secondary education and training leading to jobs that pay family-sustaining wages and $1 million for transportation assistance for families participating in education and work. Contact Elizabeth Driscoll in Khan’s office at Elizabeth.Driscoll@mahouse.gov or 617-722-2011 to cosponsor this amendment
Representative Stanley’s amendment to bring DCF line item 4800-1400 to $26,900,000. To co-sponsor this amendment, please contact Mark Phillips at email@example.com or 617-722-2230 by Friday at noon.
Representative Malia’s amendment to bring DPH line item 4513-1130 to $7,350,000 . To co-sponsor this amendment, please contact Liana Poston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-722-2060 by Friday at noon.
Teen Living Programs
Representative Provost’s amendment to fund Teen Parent Shelter (4403-2119) at $10.6 million. Contact Pooja at Pooja.Phaltankar@mahouse.gov or 617-722-2263 to cosponsor
Thanks for ALL you do, let’s make sure it gets heard! 30 minute countdown…and go!