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CHAPA Update on Legislative Overrides

Thanks to Eric Shupin of CHAPA for this update below (and please CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO ADVOCATE FOR the HCEC OVERRIDE!):

The Legislature continues to take up veto overrides for the FY2018 budget. For a review of the override status of our priorities, please see the table below. The House and Senate both plan to take up additional overrides tomorrow.

While the House has begun the override process for many of our priorities, funding cuts for the Housing Consumer Education Centers (HCECs) remain. For the first time this fiscal year, funding for the HCECs was included in the Foreclosure Prevention & Housing Counseling program (7006-0011) as well as in the HCEC’s own line-item. The Governor’s veto cuts $800,000 from the foreclosure and housing counseling program (7006-0011) as well as the language directing these funds to the HCECs. This veto reduces total funding for the HCECs by more than 22%. If the funding is not restored, HCECs will be laying off staff which will reduce the ability of these organizations to provide housing assistance and homeless prevention services across every region in Massachusetts.

If you have not already done so, please contact leaders in the Legislature, including Speaker DeLeo and Chairman Sánchez, to ask them to override the veto for Foreclosure Prevention & Housing Counseling (7006-0011) to restore funding for the HCECs.

CHAPA Regional Meetings October 10 and 11 – You’re invited!

An invitation from CHAPA:
Please view the invitation here  to you and your colleagues to attend one of the three CHAPA regional meetings in Springfield, Northampton and Pittsfield scheduled for Tuesday October 10th and Wednesday October 11th.  
 
We invite you to join us as we share updates on affordable housing and to help us develop agendas for our public policy, research and programming for 2018.
Follow the links to register and hope to see you next week!  As always, refreshments will be served!

Legislative Update on Overrides

Please find below the update from CHAPA on the housing related override votes.  There is good news on a couple of priority items, especially the youth services program and the Tenancy Preservation Program.  We are still working on overrides for Housing Consumer Education, RAFT, Berkshire Regional Housing Authority and the Network itself.

Please keep advocating!

From Eric Shupin, CHAPA Public Policy Director:

On September 13th, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to override $275 million in spending from the FY2018 state budget that Governor Baker vetoed in July. According to House Ways and Means Chair Jeffrey Sánchez, the House started with veto overrides for programs that have a statewide impact. Most of the funding restored to the budget included $220 million for MassHealth.

The House voted to restore funding to several of our affordable housing and homelessness prevention priorities. These include overrides for:

  • Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP): $400,000 veto
  • Public Housing Operating Subsidy: $1.5 million veto
  • Tenancy Preservation Program (TPP): $125,000 veto
  • Housing Court Expansion: $250,000 veto
  • Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Services: $625,000 veto
  • New Lease for Homeless Families: $125,000

The House did not override vetoes for several other priorities, including Housing Consumer Education Centers (HCECs), Foreclosure & Housing Counseling, Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT), and Home and Healthy for Good. Chairman Sánchez said the House will continue to consider additional overrides in the coming weeks. The Senate must now vote on the overrides to restore funding.

Please continue to contact your legislators about taking up the overrides.

As a reminder, for a full list of CHAPA priorities impacted by the Governor’s vetoes, please click here.

Also, for your reference, to search for exactly which line-items were voted on by the House, you can visit the budget bill’s page and look for a line-item under “Bill History”.

Network Testimony Submitted in Opposition to Housing Bills that would further Restrict Access to Former Sex Offenders

The Network Leadership Council, in concert with the Network’s Work Group for People with Sex Offense Histories, approved submission of this written testimony on its behalf in opposition to two housing bills, S. 682 and S. 679, that would automatically deny public and subsidized housing and subsidized housing in hotels and motels to Level 2 and Level 3 former sex offenders.  The Joint Committee on Public Housing is holding its public hearing on these bills today. If you would like to weigh in further, please contact: Senator Joseph Boncare and Representative Kevin Honan, Committee Chairs, and your own legislator who you can find here.