Protect Housing and Homelessness Programs

Dear HFF supporter:

As you know, the House Ways and Means Committee released their version of the FY2012 state budget last week.  As the full House of Representatives comes together to debate and finalize their budget next week, it is critical that we contact our state representatives and request that they support proposed amendments impacting programs that service homeless and at-risk families.

Please take a moment to call, email or write your state representative to request that s/he support the passage of these amendments.  Simply provide staff the amendment number, line item number and a little bit about what each amendment does.  Taking a few moments to do this could have a direct result on the state’s final budget.  If you are uncertain how to contact your state representative, click here.

The table below shows HFF’s primary priorities for amendments that have been filed.  Please click here to view a document that also shows HFF’s secondary priorities.

Housing Resources:

Amendment Number:  Lead Sponsor:  Line Item: What theAmendment Does:
579 Rep. Kay Khan 7004-9024, Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) Increases funding proposed for program from $36 million to $38.2 million
666 Rep. Gloria Fox 7004-0108, Home BASE Increases the 80% FMR cap to 100% FMR for all participants
323 Rep. Aaron Michlewitz 7004-0108, Home BASE Allows for families to exceed the 80% FMR cap if they are transitioning onto Home BASE from another short-term housing assistance program or are unable to secure a lease in a reasonable amount of time

Homeless Services:

555 Rep. Jim O’Day 7004-0101, Emergency Assistance (EA) Mandates that all homeless families placed in motels through the EA program begin to receive housing search assistance within 14 days of placement
669 Rep. Gloria Fox 7004-0101, Emergency Assistance (EA) Provides clarifying language for eligibility for EA until housing is secured through HomeBASE and units must accommodate size and disabilities of the families

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