Please see this update from Kelly Turley of the Mass Coalition for the Homeless:
Below please find information and summary on the FY19 budget from Eric Shupin of CHAPA:
- Overviewof FY2019 Budget Priorities
- Analysis & Language of FY2019 Budget Priorities
- Overview of All Housing Program Spending in FY2019 Budget
Our priorities received strong support in the final conference budget – with some programs receiving a higher appropriation than either the House or Senate approved in their budgets!
ACTION ALERT from the Mass. Coalition for the Homeless:
Please see action alert from Mass Coalition for the Homeless:
The House and Senate have appointed the conference committee for the FY2019 budget. The committee will hold its first meeting today! In the House, the conferees are Chairman Sanchez, Rep. Kulik, and Rep. Smola. In the Senate, the conferees are Chairwoman Spilka, Sen. Lovely and Sen. deMacedo.
Please use these resources as you reach out to the conference committee and to your own senator and representative to urge them to advocate to the committee for these priorities.
Any questions or comments? Contact Eric Shupin, CHAPA Director of Public Policy, at email@example.com or 617-742-0820 ext 103.
Find your legislator here.
Thank you for your advocacy!
See below from CHAPA about this great news:
On May 31, Governor Charlie Baker signed the $1.8 billion Housing Bond Bill (H.4536) into law. The legislation, the largest housing bond bill in the state’s history, will increase the production of affordable housing, diversify the state’s housing portfolio, modernize public housing, preserve the affordability of existing housing, and invest in new, innovative solutions to address Massachusetts’ rising demand for housing.
The bill authorizes $1.8 billion in new capital spending over the next five years for the production and preservation of affordable housing for low- to moderate-income households, supportive housing, and housing serving vulnerable populations. It expands tax credit programs that support affordable housing, including the state Low Income Housing Tax Credit, the Community Investment Tax Credit, and the state Historic Tax Credit. It also extends the Brownfields Tax Credit and the Housing Development Incentive Program. Finally, it re-authorizes the Early Education and Out of School Time Fund, which supports quality early education centers for children.
The Governor signed the bill in Brighton at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House, a development by Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly. For a copy of his press release, click here.
“The housing bond bill expands opportunities for children, seniors, people with disabilities, and families at risk of homelessness to find safe, healthy, and affordable homes,” said Rachel Heller, chief executive officer of Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association. “This legislation is the result of strong partnerships among advocates, the Legislature, and the Administration who worked together to pass the bill. As one of the first bond bills filed and passed this session, the Housing Bond Bill demonstrates that creating and preserving more affordable housing is a top priority in the Commonwealth.”
CHAPA sincerely thanks the Governor and his administration, including Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary Jay Ash, and Undersecretary Janelle Chan, the Legislature, and all advocates who helped pass this legislation.
Particularly, thanks to the bill sponsors Rep. Kevin Honan and former Senator Linda Dorcena Forry; Senate President Harriette Chandler; Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo; Housing Committee Co-Chair Senator Joseph Boncore; House Ways and Means Chair Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez; Senate Ways and Means Chair Senator Karen Spilka; House Bonding Committee Chair Rep. Tony Cabral; and Senate Bonding Committee Chair Senator John Keenan.
For more information on the Housing Bond Bill, click here.
From Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance:
The Massachusetts Senate passed a $41.49 billion FY19 Budget after adding $75.5 million through amendments. Among the amendments that were adopted were:
- An increase to the Homeless Individuals Assistance line item (7004-0102), bringing it to $48,180,000.
- An increase to the Tenancy Preservation Program line item (7004-3045), bringing it to $1,300,000 (up from $750,000 in House Budget and $500,000 in FY18).
- An adjustment to RAFT language (7004-9316) to clarify that “not less than $3,000,000 shall be expended to provide assistance to households of all sizes and configurations including, but not limited to, elders, persons with disabilities and unaccompanied youths.” The Senate Ways & Means Budget had used language saying “not more than.”
- Earmarks for several programs serving homeless individuals in the DHCD administrative line item (7004-0099).
Please click here for a summary of Amendment outcomes.
The Senate adopted its budget on Friday, May 25. It adopted many amendments that will positively impact the efforts to end homelessness. Next up is the Conference Committee, which will hammer out the differences between the Senate and House budgets. The Committee will likely begin convening within the next week so stay tuned for additional action alerts.
Below are highlights from the Senate budget:
1. The Secure Jobs program was funded at $1 million (up from $650,000).
2. The ABE/ESOL program was funded at $33 million, up from $31 million.
And this update from Mass Coalition for the Homeless: