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Budget Summary FY2012

70040101 - Emergency Assistance - Family Shelters and Services
Data Current as of:  7/11/2011





Account Description FY2011
Spending
FY2012
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7004-0101 Emergency Assistance - Family Shelters and Services
For certain expenses of the emergency assistance program pursuant to section 30 of chapter 23B of the General Laws as follows: (i) contracted family shelters; (ii) congregate emergency housing programs; provided, that eligibility shall be limited to families with income at or below 115 per cent of the 2009 or later-issued higher federal poverty level; provided further, that any family whose income exceeds 115 per cent of the federal poverty level while the family is receiving assistance funded by this item shall not become ineligible or assistance due to exceeding the income limit for a period of 6 months from the date that the 115 per cent level was exceeded; provided further, that preventative services shall be administered by the department of housing and community development and shall be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis; provided further, that the department shall include landlord/tenant mediation, legal assistance to prevent eviction, and housing search stabilization services; provided further, that amounts for aforementioned services shall not impair the department's ability to sign adequate shelter contracts; provided further, that those families that shall be eligible for assistance through a temporary emergency family shelter shall include (a) families that there are at risk of domestic abuse in their current housing situation; (b) families that, through no fault of their own, are homeless due to fire or natural disaster; and (c) those families with a head of household 21 years and younger which shall be served through a young families congregate housing program; provided further, that such facilities shall not be subject to licensing requirements of the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that a family, who receives emergency housing assistance due to domestic abuse, shall be connected to the appropriate social service agency; provided further, that families may receive temporary assistance from this item to compensate for timing placement issues with item 7004-0108; provided further, temporary assistance under this item shall be terminated upon the offer of available housing or housing assistance necessary to maintain housing under 7004-0108; provided further, a family may not decline an offer for available housing or housing assistance necessary to maintain housing provided that the offer adequately accommodates the size and disabilities of the family and the new housing placement shall not result in a job loss for the client; provided further, any family that declines an adequate offer of available housing or housing assistance necessary to maintain housing shall become ineligible for assistance from this item; provided further, that any family receiving benefits pursued to section 30 of chapter 23B as of June 30, 2011 shall not become ineligible for temporary emergency family shelter benefits if any such family in which the head of household is more than 21 years of age shall transfer to the short-term housing transition program, as such assistance becomes available, and any such family in which the head of household is not more than 21 years of age shall transfer to a young families congregate housing facility, as such facilities become available; provided further, that the department shall establish reasonable requirements for such families to escrow a portion of their income; provided further, that the 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 the law in the United States; provided further, that the department shall take all steps necessary to enforce regulations to prevent abuse of the emergency assistance program, including a wage match agreement with the department of revenue; provided further, that no emergency assistance expenditures shall be paid from this item unless explicitly authorized; provided further, that an eligible household that is approved for shelter placement shall be placed in a shelter as close as possible to the household's 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 line item; provided further, that should a family with a child under the age of 3 be placed in a hotel or motel, the department of housing and community development shall ensure that the hotel or motel provides a crib for each child under the age of 3 that meets all the state and federal safety codes; 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 ineligible 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 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 chapter 23B of the General Laws; provided further, that the department shall not impose unreasonable requirements for third-party verification and shall accept verifications from a family whenever reasonable; provided further, that the department shall use its best efforts to ensure that a family placed by the emergency assistance program shall be provided with access to refrigeration and basic cooking facilities; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 60 days before promulgating any such eligibility restrictions or benefit reductions, the undersecretary shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means that the clerks of the senate and house of representatives a determination by the secretary of housing and economic development that available appropriations from the program will be insufficient to meet projected expenses and a report setting for such proposed changes; provided further, that any amounts appropriated in this item may be transferred to item 7004-0108 upon the approval of the secretary of administration and finance; provided further, the department shall notify the chairs of house and senate committees on ways and means of any transfer within 15 days; provided further, that any transfer of funds shall not leave this item in a projected deficit; provided further, that the department shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means, detailing the number of families transitioned from shelter benefits to affordable, subsidized or otherwise assisted housing through this program; provided further, the report shall include the average, minimum and maximum cost per family of such assistance, the number of families served who required further assistance at a later date, the type of assistance later required and provided, and the current housing stability of each family who received transitional housing or short-term housing assistance within the prior 12 months; provided further, that no funds shall be expended for personnel or administrative costs; provided further, that no funds shall be expended for costs associated with the homeless management information system; and provided further, the department of housing and community development shall notify local school departments of the placement of a family in its district within 5 days of placement
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