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Budget Summary FY2009

44032120 - Emergency Assistance - Family Shelters and Services
Data Current as of:  6/22/2009





Account Description FY2009
GAA
FY2009  
Total  
Spending
  
4403-2120 Emergency Assistance - Family Shelters and Services
For certain expenses of the emergency assistance program as follows: (i) contracted family shelters; (ii) transitional housing programs; (iii) programs to reduce homelessness in Barnstable, Dukes, Hampden and Nantucket counties; (iv) residential education centers for single mothers with children; (v) intake centers; and (vi) voucher shelters; provided, that eligibility shall be limited to families with income at or below 130 per cent of the federal poverty level; provided, however, that any family whose income exceeds 130 per cent of the federal poverty level while the family is receiving assistance funded by this item shall not become ineligible for assistance due to exceeding the income limit for a period of 6 months from the date that the 130 per cent level was exceeded; provided further, that the department shall establish reasonable requirements for such families to escrow some or all of the portion of their income which exceeds 130 per cent of the federal poverty level; provided further, that any such escrowed funds shall be exempt from otherwise applicable asset limits; provided further, that the family may withdraw the amount placed in escrow upon transition to permanent housing or losing eligibility for shelter services; 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; provided further, that the department shall take all steps necessary to enforce regulations to prevent abuse in the emergency assistance program; provided further, that no emergency assistance expenditures shall be paid from this item unless explicitly authorized; provided further, that eligible households shall be placed in shelters as close as possible to their home community unless a household requests otherwise; provided further, that if the closest available placement is not within 20 miles of the household's home community, the household shall be transferred to an appropriate shelter within 20 miles of its home community at the earliest possible date unless the household requests otherwise; provided further, that eligibility for shelter by an otherwise eligible family shall not be impaired by prior receipt of any non-shelter benefit; provided further, that the department shall make every effort to ensure that children receiving services from this item shall continue attending school in the community in which they lived prior to receiving services funded from this item; provided further, that notwithstanding any other general or special law to the contrary, the department shall immediately provide shelter for up to 30 days to families who appear to be 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 shelter benefits received under the preceding proviso shall not render a family ineligible under any regulation providing that a family who previously received shelter is ineligible for shelter benefits for a period of 12 months; provided further, that families receiving such shelter benefits who are found not to be eligible for continuing shelter benefits shall be eligible for aid pending a timely appeal pursuant to section 16 of chapter 18 of the General Laws; provided further, that the department shall not impose unreasonable requirements for third-party verification and shall accept verifications from the family whenever reasonable; provided further, that in promulgating, amending or rescinding regulations with respect to eligibility or benefits under this program, the department shall take into account the amounts available to it for expenditure in this item so as not to exceed the amount appropriated in this item; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 60 days before promulgating any such eligibility or benefit changes, the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means and with the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate a determination by the secretary of health and human services that available appropriations for the program will be insufficient to meet projected expenses and a report setting forth such proposed changes; provided further, that all of this item shall be subject to appropriation and, in the event of a deficiency, nothing in this item shall give rise to or shall be construed as giving rise to any enforceable right or entitlement to services in excess of the amounts appropriated by this item; provided further, that nothing in the preceding proviso shall authorize the department to alter eligibility criteria or benefit levels except to the extent that such changes are needed to avoid a deficiency in this item; provided further, that the department shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the emergency assistance family shelter program; provided further, that the report shall contain the same data required in this item in chapter 139 of the acts of 2006; provided further, that the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless First Stop Homelessness Prevention Initiative and the Horizons for Homeless Children Playspace Program shall receive not less than the same amount of funding as in fiscal year 2008; provided further, that not less than $1,668,180 shall be expended for the Housing Assistance Program operated by Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc.; provided further, that contract (RPO) SCWELL 4092500010000 with Open Pantry Community Services, Inc., be an amount not less than $545,195; provided further, that an amount not less than $179,381 shall be expended for the Crossroads Family Shelter in East Boston; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for a contract with Project Just Because, a non-profit organization in the town of Hopkinton, to assist in providing food, supplies, and services to the indigent and those in danger of becoming homeless across the MetroWest region; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Weymouth Youth and Family Services Teen Center to provide for advocacy, social service programs and to promote growth, social welfare and education; provided further, that $25,000 shall be expended for education, advocacy and case management services by Casa Latina, located in the City of Northampton; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the River House shelter in Beverly

87,224,342 114,656,116  

Note:  Governor's veto was overridden.  Text in red reflects vetoed language.

Veto Explanation: I am striking language which earmarks funding for programs not recommended. The reduction in the item incorporates the amount of the stricken earmarked funds.

 
 
HISTORICAL SPENDING CATEGORIES ($000)
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FY2005
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FY2006
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FY2007
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FY2008
Expended

FY2009
GAA
FY2009
Budget
Reductions
Wages & Salaries 2,096 1,358 1,391 1,491 1,723 -1
Employee Benefits 35 65 74 84 116 0
Operating Expenses 122 983 111 88 111 0
Public Assistance 60,710 67,992 72,783 81,133 83,234 -975
Grants & Subsidies 866 1,674 1,669 1,785 2,040 0
TOTAL 63,828 72,072 76,028 84,582 87,224 -976

 

FY2009 Spending Category Chart

Pie Chart: Wages & Salaries=2%, Employee Benefits=0%, Operating Expenses=0%, Public Assistance=96%, Grants & Subsidies=2%



 
Earmarks

EARMARK DESCRIPTION

City / Town
FY2009
GAA
  FY2009    
  9C Cuts    
Playspace Programs at Horizons for Homeless Children Statewide500,000 -250,000  
Crossroads Family Shelter Boston / East Boston179,381 -89,691  
Weymouth Youth & Family Services Teen Center Weymouth50,000 -25,000  
Casa Latina for Education and Advocacy Northampton25,000 -25,000  
Housing Assistance Program operated by Community Action Programs Inner-City, Inc. Revere, Chelsea1,668,180 0  
Project Just Because Hopkinton100,000 -50,000  
Open Pantry Community Services Springfield545,195 -272,598  
River House Beverly25,000 -12,500  
First Stop Homelessness Boston500,000 -250,000