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Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services

Health and Human Services
     Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services
         Department of Transitional Assistance
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Emergency Assistance - Family Shelters and Services  
   4403-2120   For certain expenses of the emergency assistance program as herein delineated: (i) contracted family shelters, (ii) transitional housing program, (iii) intake centers, so-called, (iv) voucher shelters, so-called, (v) innovative or pilot programs developed by the department that are designed to reduce reliance on emergency shelter, and (vi) payments for transportation to shelter on behalf of homeless families when the department of transitional assistance deems necessary; provided, that families with incomes at or below 100 per cent of the federal poverty level shall be eligible for family shelter benefits; provided further, that notwithstanding any other general or special law to the contrary, the department shall immediately provide shelter for up to ten days to families who appear eligible for such shelter based on statements provided by the family and any other information in the possession of the department, but who need additional time to obtain any third-party verifications reasonably required by the department; provided further, that in promulgating, amending, or rescinding regulations with respect to eligibility or benefits under said program, the department shall take into account the amounts available to it for expenditure from this item so as not to exceed the amount appropriated herein; provided further, that the department shall promulgate regulations to prevent abuse in the emergency assistance program; provided further, that said rules and regulations shall include but not be limited to a year-to-year cross-check of recipients to determine whether a person has received similar benefits in the previous 36 months; provided further, that if a person has utilized emergency assistance benefits more than once within 36 months, the department shall place said person on a protective payment schedule for the entire period during which said person is receiving said benefits; and provided further, that benefits under this item shall be provided only to residents who are citizens of the United States or aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence or otherwise permanently residing under color of law in the United States and shall not be provided to illegal or undocumented aliens 73,600,000 73,495,432