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Department of Housing and Community Development

Department of Housing and Community Development
    Department of Housing and Community Development
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Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program  
   7004-9024   For a program of rental assistance for low-income families and elderly persons through mobile and project-based vouchers, to be known as the Massachusetts rental voucher program; provided, that the income of the participating households shall not exceed 200 per cent of the federal poverty level; provided further, that the department of housing and community development may award mobile vouchers to eligible households currently occupying project-based units that shall expire due to the non-renewal of project-based rental assistance contracts; provided further, that on a case-by-case basis said department shall use all otherwise available funds appropriated herein to increase the rental subsidy at eligible project-based developments, so-called; provided further, that the department, as a condition of continued eligibility for vouchers and voucher payments, may require disclosure of social security numbers by participants and members of participants' households in the Massachusetts rental voucher program for use in verification of income with other agencies, departments, and executive offices; provided further, that any household in which a participant or member of a participant's household shall fail to provide a social security number for use in verifying the household's income and eligibility shall no longer be eligible for a voucher or to receive benefits from the voucher program; provided further, that the vouchers shall be in varying dollar amounts and shall be set by the department based on considerations including but not limited to family size, composition, income level, and geographic location; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, rent surveys shall not be required for use in determining the amounts of the mobile or project-based vouchers; provided further, that any household which is proven to have caused intentional damage to their rental unit shall be terminated from the program; provided further, that the department shall pay agencies $40 per voucher per month for the costs of administering the program; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, there shall be no maximum percentage applicable to the amount of income paid for rent by each household holding a mobile or project-based voucher, but each household shall pay at least 30 per cent of its income as rent; provided further, that the department shall establish the amounts of the mobile vouchers and the project-based vouchers, so that the appropriation in this item is not exceeded by payments for rental assistance and administration; provided further, that the department shall not enter into commitments which will cause it to exceed the appropriation set forth herein; provided further, that households holding mobile vouchers shall have priority for occupancy of the project-based dwelling units in the event of a vacancy; provided further, that the department shall impose certain obligations for each participant in the Massachusetts rental voucher program through a 12-month contract which shall be executed by the participant and the department; provided further, that such obligations may include but need not be limited to job training, counseling, household budgeting, and education, as defined in regulations promulgated by the department and to the extent such programs are available; provided further, that each participant shall be required to undertake and meet any such contractually established obligation as a condition for continued eligibility in the program; provided further, that for continued eligibility each participant shall execute any such 12-month contract on or before September 1, 2006 if his annual eligibility recertification date occurs between June 30, 2006 and September 1, 2007 and otherwise on or before his annual eligibility re-certification date; provided further, that the local administering agency shall re-determine each household's income and voucher value at six-month intervals; provided further, that commencing July 1, 2006, local administering agencies shall terminate any household which receives 36 consecutive months of assistance; provided further, that in no case shall any household receive assistance for a life-time total of more than 60 months; provided further, that each adult household member, other than a full-time student, shall fulfill a weekly work requirement; provided further, that said member shall meet the work requirement according to the provisions as stated in subsection (d) of section 7 of chapter 118B of the General Laws, as inserted by section 58 of this act; provided further, that said work requirements shall include, but not be limited to, the following work schedule: 20 hours per week where the youngest household member has attained the age of one year but is less than six years of age, 24 hours per week where the youngest household member has attained the age of six years but is less than nine years of age, and 30 hours per week where the youngest household member has attained the age of nine years; provided further, that said work activities may include, but need not be limited to: working in a paid job, working full-time in the full employment program, participating in the supported work program, participating in the community service program, participating in a department of housing and community development or department of transitional assistance approved education and training activity, and participating in a housing search if said adult household member is currently receiving emergency shelter; provided further, that any participant who is over the age of 60 years or who is disabled may be exempted from any obligations unsuitable under particular circumstances; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for the compensation of state employees; and provided further, that the department of housing and community development shall strive to avoid a reduction in the value of the Massachusetts rental voucher from its value as of June 30, 2006 26,283,345 24,283,345