Essentially, the mission of Homes for Families is to create a better world for families facing homelessness and housing instability through improved public policies and expanded resources. So, with that, our musical accompaniment for this blog post and our inspiration for the day is this gem from blues legend B.B. King. We thank him for creating a better world with his guitar and voice and we thank you, in advance, for using your voice to to make a difference in the movement to end family homelessness.
As the previous blog post explains, the Senate Ways and Means Budget was released on Tuesday. A total of 942 Amendments were filed- altering money and tweaking language. Next week, the Senate will debate these amendments to finalize the their budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. We are asking that you please contact your Senator regarding our priority budget items:
#446, Senator Linda Dorcena Forry (Mass. Rental Voucher Program, MRVP line item 7004-9024) This amendment would increase funding for MRVP to $92 million by including necessary ‘prior appropriation continued’ language.
#422, Senator Joan Lovely (HomeBASE Access, line item 7004-0108) This amendment would expand access to HomeBASE resources beyond homeless families accessing EA shelter to families residing in domestic violence and residential treatment centers, while providing the necessary funding of $33 million.
#404, Senator Jason Lewis (Shelter Eligibility, Emergency Assistance, line item 7004-0101) This amendment would bar the Administration from imposing any further restrictions to EA family shelter eligibility in the upcoming fiscal year.
Here is a chart with all of the amendments relative to family homelessness that we feel will strengthen the Senate Ways and Mean’s proposal to lift all families:
And if you need a little dialing music, a funky Friday beat, a reminder why some sing the blues and why we advocate the minimize the reasons to be blue, we leave you with another classic from the King of the Blues: