Information on Amendments to House Ways and Means Budget

Since the release of the House Ways and Means Budget last week, several amendments have been filed regarding the EA and HomeBase program.  Below is a summary produced by Homes for Families.  Click here for analysis and recommendations from Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.

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Homes for Families Amendment Priorities

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Lead Sponsor:

 

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What the

Amendment 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