FISCAL YEAR 2013 BUDGET SUMMARY ($000)
ACCOUNT FY2013
Conference
FY2013
Vetoes
FY2013
GAA
Indian Affairs Commission 107 0 107
Department of Housing and Community Development Administration 7,290 0 7,290
Operation of Homeless Programs 5,240 0 5,240
Emergency Assistance - Family Shelters and Services 80,042 0 80,042
Homeless Individuals Assistance 40,450 0 40,450
Homeless Family EA Shelter Overflow - Hotels and M 16,637 0 16,637
Home and Healthy for Good Program 1,400 0 1,400
Massachusetts Short Term Housing Transition Program 83,374 0 83,374
Housing Services and Counseling 1,496 -100 1,396
Tenancy Preservation Program 350 0 350
Service Coordinators Program 350 0 350
Subsidies to Public Housing Authorities 64,500 0 64,500
Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program 42,000 0 42,000
Alternative Housing Voucher Program 3,450 0 3,450
Rental Subsidy Program for Department of Mental Health Clients 4,000 0 4,000
Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Fee Retained Revenue 2,535 0 2,535
Residential Assistance for Families in Transition 8,760 0 8,760
Individual Development Accounts 50 0 50
TOTAL    362,032 -100 361,932

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 790,357,546
Direct Appropriations
7004-0001 Indian Affairs Commission
For the commission on Indian affairs
106,715
7004-0099 Department of Housing and Community Development Administration
For the operation of the department of housing and community development; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department may make expenditures for the department against federal grants for certain direct and indirect costs under a cost overhead allocation plan approved by the comptroller; provided further, that the comptroller shall maintain an account on the Massachusetts management accounting and reporting system to make these expenditures; provided further, that expenditures made against the account shall not be subject to appropriation and may include the cost of personnel; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law or rule or regulation to the contrary, the department may conduct annual verifications of household income levels based upon state tax returns for the purposes of administering the state and federal housing subsidy programs funded in items 7004-0108, 7004-9005, 7004-9024, 7004-9030, 7004-9033, 7004-9316 of this section and items 7004-9009, 7004-9014, 7004-9019, 7004-9020 of section 2D; provided further, that as a condition of eligibility or continued occupancy by an applicant or tenant, the department may require disclosure of the social security number of an applicant or tenant and members of the applicant's or tenant's household for use in verification of income eligibility; provided further, that the department may deny or terminate participation in subsidy programs for failure by an applicant or tenant to provide a social security number for use in verification of income eligibility; provided further, that the department may consult with the department of revenue, the department of transitional assistance or any other state or federal agency to conduct this income verification; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, these state agencies shall consult and cooperate with the department and furnish any information in the possession of the agencies including, but not limited to, tax returns and applications for public assistance or financial aid; provided further, that in conducting this income verification, the director of the department may enter into an interdepartmental service agreement with the commissioner of revenue to utilize the department of revenue's wage reporting and bank match system to verify the income and eligibility of participants in federally assisted housing programs and that of members of the participants' households; provided further, that notwithstanding section 12 of chapter 490 of the acts of 1980, the department may authorize neighborhood housing services corporations to retain, re-assign and reloan funds received in repayment of loans made under the neighborhood housing services rehabilitation program; provided further, that the department shall, not later than September 1, 2012, promulgate and uniformly enforce regulations clarifying that a household that otherwise qualifies for any preference or priority for state subsidized housing or rental assistance based on homeless or at-risk status shall retain that preference or priority notwithstanding receipt of rental assistance that is intended to be temporary including, but not limited to, any temporary or bridge subsidies provided with state or federal funds; provided further, that the department shall provide the caseload forecasting office with enrollment data and any other information pertinent to caseload forecasting that is requested by the office on a monthly basis; provided further, that such information shall be provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal state privacy security requirements; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the town of Holbrook for a one-time community action grant which will fund an upgrade to town facilities; provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended annually for provision of emergency services that provide domestic violence intervention, workforce development, housing assistance, operation of food vouchers, winter coats for kids and holiday dinners operated by Community Action Programs Inter-City, Incorporated for the communities specified in item 7004-0099 of section 2 of chapter 68 of the acts of 2011; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the South Worcester Neighborhood Improvement Corporation so that it can continue to provide vital services to the poorest neighborhoods in the city of Worcester; provided further, that funds shall be expended to the Boston Housing Authority for a program to provide certain tenant services for the West Broadway Task Force in the South Boston section of the city of Boston; and provided further, that the department shall expend up to $50,000 for the operation of a pilot program on Cape Cod aimed at removing barriers to self-sufficiency
7,289,734
7004-0100 Operation of Homeless Programs
For the operations of the homeless shelter and services unit, including the compensation of caseworkers and support personnel
5,240,310
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; provided, that eligibility shall be limited to families with incomes at or below 115 per cent of the 2011 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 for assistance due to exceeding the income limit for a period of 6 months from the date that the income level was exceeded; provided further, that families that shall be eligible for assistance throughout a temporary emergency family shelter shall include: (i) families that are at risk of domestic abuse in their current housing situation or who are homeless because they fled domestic violence and have not had access to safe, permanent housing since leaving the housing situation in which they fled; (ii) families that, through no fault of their own, are homeless due to fire, flood, or natural disaster; (iii) families that, through no fault of their own, have been subject to eviction from their most recent housing due to: (a) foreclosure; (b) condemnation; (c) conduct by a guest or former household member who is not part of the household seeking emergency shelter and over whose conduct the remaining household members had no control; or (d) nonpayment of rent caused by a documented medical condition or diagnosed disability or caused by a documented loss of income within the last 12 months directly as a result of a change in household composition or a loss of income source through no fault of the family; and (iv) families who are in a housing situation where they are not the primary lease holder or who are in a housing situation not meant for human habitation and where there is a substantial health and safety risk to the family that is likely to result in significant harm should the family remain in such housing situation; provided further, that the health and safety risk shall be determined by the department of children and families through risk assessments; provided further, that no later than 15 days in advance of the implementation of this item, the department of housing and community development shall provide to the house and senate clerks, the house and senate committees on ways and means, and the joint committee on housing, the written criteria to be used to determine if a substantial health and safety risk is likely to result in significant harm under clause (iv); provided further, that the department shall report monthly, beginning August 1, 2012, to the aforementioned entities, the following information: (A) the number of families who were denied entry into shelter who would have been eligible in fiscal year 2012; (B) the reasons for which those families were denied entry into shelters; and (C) all other services to which those families were connected; 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, temporary assistance under this item shall be terminated upon the offer of available housing or other assistance sufficient to maintain or stabilize housing; provided further, that a family may not decline an offer for available housing if 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 other assistance sufficient to maintain or stabilize housing shall become ineligible for assistance from this item; provided further, that families receiving benefits under this item shall have 30 per cent of their income set aside in a savings account, subject to reasonable exceptions as set forth in departmental regulations in effect in fiscal year 2012; provided further, that the amount saved shall be exempt from otherwise applicable asset limits; provided further, that the family may withdraw the amount placed in savings upon transition to permanent housing or losing eligibility for shelter services; provided further, that families who receive benefits under this item for longer than 32 weeks after July 1, 2012 shall not be eligible for household assistance under item 7004-0108 until 12 months from the date of exit from shelter; provided further, that that families receiving emergency assistance shall receive housing search assistance that attempts to facilitate a sustainable housing placement within 16 weeks of entry into the emergency assistance shelter, motel, or hotel; provided further, that families receiving assistance for longer than 32 weeks shall have an executable shelter exit plan that facilitates a housing placement in a new sustainable tenancy or in a safe residence, including, but not limited to, a placement for which the family is not the primary lease holder, as soon as possible; provided further, that benefits under this item shall be provided only to residents of the commonwealth of Massachusetts 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 necessary steps to enforce the regulations to prevent abuse of the emergency assistance program, including a wage match agreement with the department of revenue; provided further, that eligibility for shelter by an otherwise eligible family shelter shall not be impaired by prior receipt of any non-shelter benefit; 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 the department shall notify local school departments of the placement of a family in its district within 5 days of placement; 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 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 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 such 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 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 families 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 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 herein; provided further, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 60 days before promulgating or amending any regulations, administrative practice or policy that would alter eligibility for or the level of benefits under this program, other than that which would benefit the clients, the department shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means, the clerks of the senate and house of representatives and the joint committee on children, families, and persons with disabilities, a written report setting forth justification for such changes, including, but not limited to, any determination by the secretary of housing and economic development that available appropriations will be insufficient to meet projected expenses; 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; provided further, that the department shall endeavor to convert scattered site units to congregate units and, as allowed by demand, reduce the overall number of shelter beds through the reduction of scatter site units; provided further, that the department shall provide to the house and senate committees on ways and means a report of the most recently available weekly data on the number of applications for services provided for in this item and in item 7004-0108; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, caseload data, including applications, admissions and the distribution of benefits from this item and item 7004-0108; provided further, that not more than $54,680,321, less the cost of associated interdepartmental service agreements or programmatic costs, shall be expended to establish a single contract per service provider, which shall include all contracted and supportive program expenses, for the first 7 months of fiscal year 2013; provided further, that upon written approval from the secretary of administration and finance, funds herein may be transferred to item 7004-0103; provided further, that the secretary of administration and finance shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means 30 days prior to approving any such transfer; provided further, that the department shall report quarterly 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 the report shall detail the savings realized by any such changes to benefits or eligibility; provided further, the report shall also include the following information from the department of children and families: (a) the number of families assessed in the previous quarter; (b) the number of families determined to be at a substantial health and safety risk; (c) the number of families receiving multiple health and safety assessments within the previous 6 month period; and (d) the standards used to determine a substantial health and safety risk; provided further, that funds shall be expended for the Playspace Program operated by Horizons for Homeless children; and provided further, that funds shall be expended for the purpose of technical assistance by Homes for Families
80,042,354
7004-0102 Homeless Individuals Assistance
For the homelessness program to assist individuals who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, including assistance to organizations which provide shelter, transitional housing and services that help individuals avoid entry into shelter or successfully exit shelter; provided, that no organization providing services to the homeless shall receive less than an average per bed/per night rate of $25; provided further, that the department may allocate funds to other agencies for this program; provided further, that no funds shall be expended for costs associated with the homeless management information system; provided further, that programs that currently provide shelter may renegotiate how to use such program's shelter fund, with the agreement of the department and the host municipality, to provide alternative services proven to be effective, including housing first models, transitional housing and diversion away from shelters; and provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the River House shelter in the city of Beverly
40,450,335
7004-0103 Homeless Family EA Shelter Overflow - Hotels and M
For certain expenses of the emergency assistance program pursuant to section 30 of chapter 23B of the General Laws; provided, that funds shall be expended for expenses incurred as a result of families being housed in hotels or motels due to the unavailability of contracted shelter beds; and provided further, that funds may be received by this item from item 7004-0101
16,636,800
7004-0104 Home and Healthy for Good Program
For the home and healthy for good program operated by the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance to reduce the incidence of chronic homelessness in the commonwealth; provided, that the Alliance shall be solely responsible for the administration of this program; and provided further, that the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance shall file a report with the clerks of the house and senate, the undersecretary of the department of housing and community development and the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 1, 2013, on the number of people served, the average cost per participant, the demographics of those served, whether participants have previously received government services and any projected cost-savings in other state-funded programs
1,400,000
7004-0108 Massachusetts Short Term Housing Transition Program
For a program of short-term housing assistance to help families in addressing obstacles to maintaining or securing housing for: (i) families eligible for temporary emergency shelter under item 7004-0101; and (ii) families that received rental assistance under this item prior to July 1, 2012; provided, that the assistance provided under this item shall include not less than 12 months of housing stabilization and economic self-sufficiency case management services for each family receiving benefits hereunder; provided further, that the assistance may include, but shall not be limited to: payments of rent and utility arrears, a portion of the household's monthly rent, first month's rent, last month's rent, security deposit, utility charges and extraordinary medical bills; provided further, that except for a family receiving rental assistance, no other assistance from this item shall exceed $4,000 in a 12 month period; provided further, that, excluding families receiving rental assistance, a family shall not receive more than a combined sum of $4,000 in a 12 month period from this item and item 7004-9316; provided further, that a family shall not be able to receive cash assistance hereunder for 12 months from the last date it received cash assistance; provided further, that families that received rental assistance under this item prior to July 1, 2012 shall remain eligible for assistance greater than $4,000 under this item provided that the monthly rent for the housing does not exceed the amount approved by the department of housing and community development; provided further, that families eligible for rental assistance shall pay not more than 35 per cent of household income towards rent and utilities; provided further, that a family's eligibility for rental assistance provided hereunder shall not exceed a period of 24 successive months from the date the family first received rental assistance hereunder, not including time spent in temporary accommodations; provided further, that a family that is terminated from the program because it has received 24 successive months of rental assistance shall not be able to receive assistance hereunder for 12 months from the last date it received assistance through this program; provided further, that families receiving services through item 7004-0101 for 32 weeks or fewer from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 shall be eligible for up to $4,000 in assistance over 12 months; provided further, that families receiving services through item 7004-0101 for longer than 32 weeks from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 shall not be eligible for assistance through this item until 12 months from the date of exit from shelter; provided further, that so long as they meet the requirements of their housing stabilization plan, a family that received household assistance pursuant to this item who exceeds the income eligibility criteria pursuant to section 30 of chapter 23B of the General Laws shall not become ineligible for 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 so long as they meet the requirements of their housing stabilization plan, a family that received rental assistance pursuant to this item prior to July 1, 2012 whose income exceeds 50 per cent of area median income, shall not become ineligible for assistance due to exceeding the income limit for a period of 6 months from the date that the 50 per cent level was exceeded; provided further, that the continued eligibility of the family shall be determined on an annual basis; provided further, that a family shall not be deemed ineligible as a result of any single violation of a self-sufficiency plan; provided further, that the department shall take all steps necessary to enforce regulations to prevent abuse in the short-term housing transition program including a wage match agreement with the department of revenue; provided further, that a family that was terminated from the program or did not make a good faith effort to follow its housing stabilization plan during the term of its assistance shall be ineligible for benefits pursuant to item 7004-0101 and this item for 24 months from the last date upon which they received assistance hereunder, including housing stabilization and economic self-sufficiency case management services; provided further, that a family's housing stabilization plan shall adequately accommodate the age and disabilities of the family members; provided further, that no family with a head of household who is over 60 years of age or who is disabled and who is in compliance with the requirements of a housing stabilization plan that accommodates disabilities shall be denied short-term housing assistance; provided further, that any such family with a head of household who is over 60 years of age or who is disabled shall not have engaged in, or be engaged in, any activity that threatens the health, safety or security of the family, other program participants or program staff; provided further, that families receiving benefits under this program who are found not to be eligible for continuing benefits shall be eligible for aid pending a timely appeal pursuant to said chapter 23B; provided further, that families who are denied assistance under this item may appeal pursuant to said chapter 23B, including subsection (F) of section 30, and regulations adopted to implement said chapter 23B; provided further, that benefits under this item shall be provided only to residents of the commonwealth of Massachusetts 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, as a condition of continued eligibility for assistance pursuant to this program, may require disclosure of social security numbers by all members of a family receiving assistance hereunder for use in verification of income with other agencies, departments and executive offices; provided further, that any family in which a member of the family fails to provide a social security number for use in verifying the family's income and eligibility shall no longer be eligible to receive benefits from this program; provided further, that the department shall administer this program through the following agencies unless administering agencies are otherwise procured by the department: the Berkshire Housing Development Corporation, the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc., the Community Teamwork, Inc., the Housing Assistance Corporation, the Franklin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Hap, Inc., the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, Inc., the Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development, the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc., the South Shore Housing Development Corporation and RCAP Solutions, Inc; provided further, that the department of housing and community development shall reallocate financing based on performance based statistics from under-performing service providers to above average service providers in order to move as many families from hotel, motels, or shelters into more sustainable housing; provided further, that the department shall use funds provided for this program for stabilization workers to focus efforts on housing retention, and link households to supports including job training, education, job search, and childcare opportunities available and may enter into agreements with other public and private agencies for the provision of such services, and that a stabilization worker shall be assigned to each household; 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 in this item; provided further, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 60 days before promulgating or amending any regulations, administrative practice or policy that would alter eligibility for or the level of benefits under this program, other than that which would benefit the clients, the department shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means and the clerks of the senate and house of representatives, a report setting forth justification for such changes, including, but not limited to, any determination by the secretary of housing and economic development that available appropriations will be insufficient to meet projected expenses; and provided further, that the department shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means, which shall include the number of families served, the type of assistance given, the number of families assisted through this program, the average, minimum and maximum cost per family of such assistance and the current housing stability of each family who received assistance within the prior 12 months and shall include any obstacles encountered with the administration of this program
83,374,371
7004-3036 Housing Services and Counseling
For housing services and counseling; provided, that funds shall be expended as grants to 9 regional housing consumer education centers operated by the regional nonprofit housing authorities; provided further, that the grants shall be awarded through a competitive application process under criteria established by the department; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item in the AA object class for the compensation of state employees; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., in Springfield
1,395,996
7004-3045 Tenancy Preservation Program
For a tenancy preservation program for neutral party consultation services in eviction cases before the housing court department of the Massachusetts trial court for individuals with disabilities and for families with individuals with disabilities if the disability is directly related to the reason for eviction
350,000
7004-4314 Service Coordinators Program
For the expenses of a service coordinators program established by the department to assist tenants residing in housing developed pursuant to sections 39 and 40 of chapter 121B of the General Laws to meet tenancy requirements to maintain and enhance the quality of life in that housing
350,401
7004-9005 Subsidies to Public Housing Authorities
For subsidies to housing authorities and nonprofit organizations, including funds for deficiencies caused by certain reduced rentals in housing for the elderly, handicapped, veterans and relocated persons under sections 32 and 40 of chapter 121B of the General Laws; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, all housing authorities operating elderly public housing shall offer first preference for elderly public housing units which are vacant on the effective date of this act, and thereafter, to those persons 60 years of age or older as of June 30, 2012 receiving rental assistance from the Massachusetts rental voucher program; provided further, that the department may expend funds appropriated in this item for deficiencies caused by certain reduced rentals which may be anticipated in the operation of housing authorities for the first quarter of the subsequent fiscal year; provided further, that no monies shall be expended from this item to reimburse the debt service reserve included in the budgets of housing authorities; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item in the AA object class for the compensation of state employees; provided further, that the amount appropriated in this item shall be considered to meet any and all obligations under said sections 32 and 40 of said chapter 121B; provided further, that any new reduced rental units developed in fiscal year 2013 eligible for subsidies under this item shall not cause any annualization that results in an amount exceeding the amount appropriated in this item; provided further, that all funds in excess of normal utilities, operations and maintenance costs may be expended for capital repairs; provided further, that the administration shall make every attempt to direct efforts toward rehabilitating local housing authority family units requiring $20,000 or less in repairs; provided further, that not less than $50,000 be provided for the Clinton Housing Authority for the purposes of repairs and improvements to the Church Street Senior Housing Complex, located in the town of Clinton; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 be provided for the Clinton Housing Authority for the purpose of repairs and improvements to the Water Street Senior Housing Authority Complex, located in the town of Clinton
64,500,000
7004-9024 Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program
For a program of rental assistance for low-income families and elderly persons through mobile and project-based vouchers; provided, that such assistance shall only be paid under a program known as the Massachusetts rental voucher program; provided further, that the income of the households shall not exceed 200 per cent of the federal poverty level; provided further, that the department may award mobile vouchers to eligible households currently occupying project-based units that shall expire due to the nonrenewal of project-based rental assistance contracts; 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 a participants household 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 fails 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 notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the monthly dollar amount of each voucher shall be the department approved monthly rent of the unit less the monthly amount paid for rent by the household; provided further, that any household which is proven to have caused intentional damage to its rental unit in an amount exceeding 2 months of rent during any 1-year period shall be terminated from the program; provided further, that notwithstanding and general or special law to the contrary, a mobile voucher whose use is or has been discontinued shall be re-assigned; provided further, that the department shall pay agencies $32.50 per voucher per month for the costs of administering the program; provided further, that subsidies shall not be reduced due to the cost of inspections; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, each household holding a voucher shall pay at least 30 per cent but not more than 40 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 shall cause it to exceed the appropriation set forth in this item; provided further, that the department may 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 shall not be limited to, job training, counseling, household budgeting and education, as defined in regulations promulgated by the department and to the extent these programs are available; provided further, that each participant shall be required to undertake and meet these contractually established obligations as a condition for continued eligibility in the program; provided further, that for continued eligibility, each participant shall execute this 12-month contract on or before September 1,2012, if the participant's annual eligibility recertification date occurs between June 30, 2012 and September 1, 2012, and otherwise on or before the annual eligibility recertification date; provided further, that any participant who is over the age of 60 years or who is disabled may be exempt from any obligations unsuitable under particular circumstances; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item in the AA object class for the compensation of state employees; provided further, that participating local housing authorities may take all steps necessary to enable them to transfer mobile voucher program participants from the Massachusetts rental voucher program into another housing subsidy program; 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, 2012; and provided further, there shall be no less than 500 additional vouchers provided in fiscal year 2013 than fiscal year 2012
42,000,000
7004-9030 Alternative Housing Voucher Program
For the transitional rental assistance program established under section 16 of chapter 179 of the acts of 1995; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the transitional rental assistance shall be in the form of mobile vouchers; provided further, that the vouchers shall be in varying dollar amounts set by the department based on considerations including, but not limited to, household size, composition, household income and geographic location; provided further, that any household which is proven to have caused intentional damage to its rental unit in an amount exceeding 2 months' rent during any 1 year shall be terminated from the program; provided further, that the department shall pay agencies that administer this program an allowance not to exceed $25 per voucher per month for the costs of administration; 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 voucher, but each household shall be required to pay not less than 25 per cent of its net income, as defined in regulations promulgated by the department, for units if payment of utilities is not provided by the unit owner, or not less than 30 per cent of its income for units if payment of utilities is provided by the unit owner; provided further, that payments for the transitional rental assistance may be provided in advance; provided further, that the department shall establish the amounts of the mobile 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 in this item; provided further, that the amount of a rental assistance voucher payment for an eligible household shall not exceed the rent less the household's minimum rent obligation; provided further, that the word "rent", as used in this item, shall mean payments to the landlord or owner of a dwelling unit under a lease or other agreement for a tenant's occupancy of the dwelling unit, but shall not include payments made by the tenant separately for the cost of heat, cooking fuel and electricity; provided further, that the department shall submit an annual report to the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing expenditures, the number of outstanding rental vouchers and the number and types of units leased; provided further, that consistent with said chapter 179 of the acts of 1995, the amount appropriated in this item shall not annualize to more than $4,000,000 in fiscal year 2014; and provided further, that the program shall provide funding for not more than 800 mobile vouchers
3,450,000
7004-9033 Rental Subsidy Program for Department of Mental Health Clients
For rental subsidies to eligible clients of the department of mental health; provided, that the department shall establish the amounts of such subsidies so that payment thereof and of any other commitments from this item shall not exceed the amount appropriated herein
4,000,000
7004-9316 Residential Assistance for Families in Transition
For a program to provide assistance in addressing obstacles to maintaining or securing housing for families with: (i) a household income not greater than 30 per cent of area median income that are homeless and moving into subsidized or private housing or are at risk of becoming homeless; or (ii) a household income greater than 30 per cent but not more than 50 per cent of area median income that are homeless and moving into subsidized or private housing, or are at risk of becoming homeless due to a significant reduction of income or increased expenses; provided, that assistance shall be administered by the department through contracts with the existing regional HomeBASE agencies; provided further, that the department of housing and community development shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means no later than January 18, 2013 on the process that could be undertaken to re-procure services under this item for fiscal year 2014; provided further, that not less than 90 per cent of the funds shall be provided to households with an income not greater than 30 per cent of area median income, subject to the department's discretion based on data reflecting program demand and usage; provided further, that in distributing 90 per cent of the funds, the department shall prioritize those families most likely to otherwise require shelter services under item 7004-0101; provided further, that the amount of financial assistance shall not exceed more than $4,000 in any 12 month period; provided further, that, excluding families receiving HomeBASE rental assistance, a family shall not receive more than a combined sum of $4,000 in a 12 month period from this item and item 7004-0108; provided further, that prior to authorizing a residential assistance payment for a family, the administering agency shall make a finding that the payment will enable the family to retain its current housing, obtain new housing or otherwise avoid homelessness; provided further, that in making these findings the agency shall, unless the facts of the case warrant otherwise, apply a presumption that the payment will enable a family to retain its housing, obtain new housing or otherwise avoid homelessness; provided further, that residential assistance payments may be made through direct vendor payments according to standards to be established by the department; provided further, that the agencies shall establish a system for referring families approved for residential assistance payments who the agencies determine would benefit from these services to existing community-based programs that provide additional housing stabilization supports, including assistance in obtaining housing subsidies and locating alternative housing that is safe and affordable for those families; provided further, that the program shall be administered under guidelines established by the department; provided further, the department shall submit a report to the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means, the chairs of the joint committee on housing and the secretary of administration and finance detailing the extent of involvement of regional community action programs in the administration of this line item program within the past 5 years; provided further, the report shall include, but not be limited to, the appropriation allocation to each community action program, the effectiveness of their services, and the estimated number of families served per year; provided further, the report shall also examine the potential for broader inclusion of community action programs in the future administration of this program; provided further, the department shall submit this report no later than January 1, 2013; provided further, that the department shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (a) the number of families applying for assistance; (b) the number of families approved for assistance; (c) the minimum, median and average amount of financial assistance awarded; (d) the total amount of assistance awarded to date, including a breakdown by income category; and (e) the number of families falling into each income category; and provided further, that the department shall track a family's reason for assistance by the same categories used in 7004-0101
8,760,000
7004-9317 Individual Development Accounts
For the Individual Development Account, or IDA, program; provided, that participants for the purposes of this pilot program shall be any individual or family who is at or below 80 per cent of the area median income, as defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, in the community in which they live, as defined by said department, for more than 3 years; provided further, that funds shall be awarded to community-based organizations to establish local IDA programs; provided further, that funds may be used for administrative costs to operate an IDA program for financial literacy and asset-specific training and as a match for program participant savings for qualified acquisition costs with respect to a qualified principal residence for a qualified first-time homebuyer, as defined by said department; provided further, that said department may determine other qualified match uses consistent with the guidelines established in federal IDA guidelines pursuant to Public Law 105-285, 42 USC 604; and provided further, that funds may be used to secure federal asset building program funds
50,000

account description amount
Retained Revenues
7004-9315 Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Fee Retained Revenue
For the department of housing and community development which may expend for the administration and monitoring of the low-income housing tax credit and local administration programs an amount not to exceed $2,535,003 from revenue collected from fees collected under Executive Order No. 291, pertaining to low-income housing tax credits, for the costs of administering and monitoring the programs, including the costs of personnel, subject to the approval of the director of the department; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary and for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system
2,535,003

account description amount
Federal Grant Spending 424,607,807
4400-0705 McKinney Emergency Shelter Grants Program
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, McKinney Emergency Shelter Grants
6,400,000
4400-0707 Continuum of Care
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Continuum of Care
6,000,000
4400-9404 McKinney Shelter Plus Care - Continuum of Care
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, McKinney Shelter Plus Care - Continuum of Care
3,400,000
7004-2030 Weatherization Assistance for Low-Income Persons
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Weatherization Assistance for Low Income Persons; provided, that consistent with applicable federal regulations and the state plan, the department of housing and community development may provide monthly payments in advance to participating agencies
3,500,000
7004-2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program; provided, that consistent with applicable federal regulations and the state plan, the department of housing and community development shall provide monthly payments in advance to participating agencies
75,000,000
7004-2034 Community Service Block Grant
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Community Services Block Grant; provided, that consistent with applicable federal regulations and the state plan, the department of housing and community development may provide monthly payments in advance to participating agencies
12,875,566
7004-3037 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program; provided, that consistent with applicable federal regulations and the state plan, the department of housing and community development may provide monthly payments in advance to participating agencies
27,000,000
7004-3038 Neighborhood Stabilization Grant
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Neighborhood Stabilization
10,000,000
7004-3041 ARRA - Community Development Block Grants
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, ARRA Community Development Block Grant
500,000
7004-3051 ARRA - Homelessness Prevention and Rapid ReHousing Program
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, ARRA Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program
17,000
7004-9009 Section 8 Substantial Rehabilitation Program
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Section 8 Substantial Rehabilitation Program; provided, that the department of housing and community development may provide monthly payments in advance to participating agencies
9,622,242
7004-9014 Federal Housing Voucher Program
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Federal Housing Voucher Program; provided, that the department of housing and community development may provide monthly payments in advance to participating agencies
236,900,000
7004-9019 Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Program
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Program; provided, that the department of housing and community development may provide monthly payments in advance to participating agencies
10,100,000
7004-9020 Section 8 New Construction Program
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Section 8 New Construction Program; provided, that the department of housing and community development may provide monthly payments in advance to participating agencies
6,690,959
7004-9028 Home Investment Partnerships
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Home Investment Partnerships; provided, that, consistent with applicable federal regulations and the state plan, the department of housing and community development may provide monthly payments in advance to participating agencies
16,500,000
7004-9039 Home Technical Assistance
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Home Technical Assistance
40,040
7004-9051 Shelter Plus Care
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Shelter Plus Care-Lowell; provided, that, consistent with applicable federal regulations and the state plan, the department of housing and community development may provide monthly payments in advance to participating agencies
62,000

account description amount
Trust and Other Spending 3,817,720
7004-2361 Section 8 Substantial Rehabilitation Administrative Fee 230,720
7004-2363 Section 8 Administrative Fee Housing Voucher 2,990,000
7004-2364 Section 8 Administrative Fee Moderate Rehabilitation 192,000
7004-2365 Section 8 Administrative Fee New Construction 405,000