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Budget Summary FY2014

Department of Housing and Community Development
Data Current as of:  9/11/2013





FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET SUMMARY ($000)
ACCOUNT FY2014
Conference
FY2014
Vetoes
FY2014
Overrides
FY2014
GAA
Indian Affairs Commission 110 0 0 110
Department of Housing and Community Development Administration 6,647 -250 250 6,647
Operation of Homeless Programs 5,836 0 0 5,836
Emergency Assistance-Family Shelters and Services 90,407 0 0 90,407
Homeless Individuals Assistance 40,450 0 0 40,450
Homeless Family Emer Assist. Shelter Overflow Hotels & Motels 6,348 0 0 6,348
Home and Healthy for Good Program 1,600 0 0 1,600
Massachusetts Short Term Housing Transition Program 58,964 -175 175 58,964
Housing Services and Counseling 2,642 0 0 2,642
Tenancy Preservation Program 500 0 0 500
Service Coordinators Program 350 0 0 350
Subsidies to Public Housing Authorities 64,400 -100 100 64,400
Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program 57,500 0 0 57,500
Alternative Housing Voucher Program 3,450 0 0 3,450
Rental Subsidy Program for Department of Mental Health Clients 4,125 0 0 4,125
Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Fee Retained Revenue 2,535 0 0 2,535
Residential Assistance for Families in Transition 10,000 0 0 10,000
TOTAL    355,863 -525 525 355,863 0  

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 835,208,288
Direct Appropriations
7004-0001 Indian Affairs Commission
For the commission on Indian affairs
109,768
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 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 said 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 and 7004-9316 of this section and items 7004-9009, 7004-9014, 7004-9019 and 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 3, 2013, 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 which shall include households receiving rental assistance under item 7004-0108 after July 1, 2013; 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 and state privacy security requirements; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to World is Our Classroom, Inc. serving the towns of Holyoke, Westfield, Chicopee and Greenfield; provided further, that no less than $50,000 shall be expended for the South Worcester Neighborhood Improvement Corporation; provided further, that no less than $25,000 shall be expended for Solutions at Work in the city of Cambridge; provided further, that no less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Chelsea Community Center for the rehabilitation of community based occupancy units; and provided further, that the town of Holbrook shall receive not less than the amount appropriated in Chapter 139 of the Acts of 2012 for a one-time community action grant
6,647,129
7004-0100 Operation of Homeless Programs
For the operations of the homeless shelter and services unit, including the compensation of caseworkers and support personnel
5,835,613
7004-0101 Emergency Assistance-Family Shelters and Services
For certain expenses of the emergency assistance program under 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: (a) 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; (b) families that, through no fault of their own, are homeless due to fire, flood or natural disaster; (c) families that, through no fault of their own, have been subject to eviction from their most recent housing due to: (i) foreclosure; (ii) condemnation; (iii) 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 (iv) 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 (d) 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 the department of housing and community development shall report monthly to the house and senate clerks, the house and senate committees on ways and means, and the joint committee on housing, 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, that 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 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, that 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 2013; 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 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 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 are 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 under 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, that 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 house of representatives and senate 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 scattered 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 bi-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 the department shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing entry and exit statistics as well as the success of diverting and transitioning families from benefits received under this item to permanent housing and the number of families transitioned from shelter benefits to affordable, subsidized or otherwise assisted housing through this program; provided further, that 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, that 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; and provided further, that funds shall be expended for technical assistance by Homes for Families
90,406,700
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 of housing and community development 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; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the River House shelter in the city of Beverly; and provided further, that the department shall, to the extent feasible, undertake a competitive re-procurement process of individual homeless programs funded through this item
40,450,335
7004-0103 Homeless Family Emer Assist. Shelter Overflow Hotels & Motels
For certain expenses of the emergency assistance program under 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
6,347,538
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, not less than $200,000 shall be expensed for a new pilot supportive housing initiative for unaccompanied homeless young adult who identify as LGBT; 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, 2014, 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
1,600,000
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: (a) families eligible for temporary emergency shelter under item 7004-0101; and (b) 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 under this item; 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, so long as such assistance will maintain housing for the family; 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 funds shall be used to transition families served by the program into temporary or permanent sustainable housing more rapidly; provided further, that a family shall not be able to receive cash assistance under this item 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 under this item shall not exceed a period of 24 successive months from the date the family first received rental assistance under this item, not including time spent in temporary accommodations; provided further, that the department shall take all necessary steps to ensure that families reaching the end of their time limited rental assistance shall not become homeless again including, but not limited to: (i) transitioning families to long-term subsidized housing including, but not limited to assistance given through housing authorities, the federal Housing Choice Voucher program or rental assistance under item 7004-9024; and (ii) providing families with assistance through this item and item 7004-9316; provided further, that, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department shall ensure that any family that becomes homeless again shall be provided access to emergency shelter under item 7004-0101 as long as the family meets the income requirements in said item 7004-0101, meets the requirements of the family's housing stabilization plan and all other options of housing assistance have been exhausted; provided further, that on the first day of each month beginning on September 1, 2013, the department shall provide a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on housing and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities detailing how many families reached the end of the 24-month period in the preceding month and each family's current housing status, including what additional forms of assistance are being provided to ensure that the family does not become homeless again; provided further, that so long as a family meets the requirements of the family's housing stabilization plan, a family that, after first receiving benefits through this item, has an income which 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 income level was exceeded; 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 under item 7004-0101 and this item for 24 months from the last date they received assistance under said items, 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 under chapter 23B of the General Laws; provided further, that families who are denied assistance under this item may appeal that denial under 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 under this program, may require disclosure of social security numbers by all members of a family receiving assistance under this item 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 Regional 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 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 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 this entire 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 regulation, 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 house of representatives and senate 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; 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 and the average minimum and maximum cost per family of such assistance, the number of households transitioned into federally-funded public housing or rental assistance, the number of households transitioned to said item 7004-9024, the number of households that exited the program into alternative housing and the number of households exiting the program and unaccounted for; and provided further, that the report shall include the number of families served who required further assistance at a later date, the type of assistance later provided and the current housing stability of each family who received assistance within the prior 12 months, including transitional housing or short-term housing assistance and shall include any obstacles encountered with the administration of this program
58,963,556
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 the department shall submit annual reports to the secretary of administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on housing detailing all expenditures of the program, including each regional housing consumer education center, the total number of persons who received information and referral services, the costs for such services rendered per consumer and the identification of consumer issues and trends; and provided further that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 1, 2014 on possible savings and efficiencies that may be realized through the consolidation of said services
2,641,992
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
500,000
7004-4314 Service Coordinators Program
For the expenses of a service coordinators program established by the department of housing and community development to assist tenants residing in housing developed under 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, 2013 receiving rental assistance from the Massachusetts rental voucher program; provided further, that the department of housing and community development 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 2014 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 any housing authorities receiving funds through this item shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on housing and the house and senate committees on post audit and oversight on: (i) the total number of housing authority units; (ii) the total number of units uninhabitable due to need of repair; (iii) the number of uninhabitable units that could be restored for less than $10,000 each; and (iv) the total number of units that have been uninhabitable for longer than 60 days that do not have a waiver from the department; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be provided for the Clinton Housing Authority; and 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
64,400,000
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 eligible households shall not exceed 50 per cent of the area median income; 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 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 participant's 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 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 if a mobile voucher's use is or has been discontinued, then the mobile voucher shall be re-assigned; 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, 2013, if the participant's annual eligibility recertification date occurs between June 30, 2013 and September 1, 2013, 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 the department may assist housing authorities at their written request in the immediate implementation of a homeless prevention program utilizing alternative housing resources available to them for low-income families and the elderly by designating participants in the Massachusetts rental voucher program as at risk of displacement by public action through no fault of their own; 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, 2013; provided further, that not later than September 1, 2013 the department shall develop a process for awarding new vouchers from the incremental increase in funding over the annualized cost of fiscal year 2013 that gives priority to families timing out of rental assistance under 7004-0108 who are determined by the department to have a disability which limits the family's ability to maintain housing without assistance; and provided further, that the total annualized cost of vouchers issued in fiscal year 2014 shall not exceeded the amount appropriated herein, prior appropriation continued
57,500,000
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 of housing and community development 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 period 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 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; and 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
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 of housing and community development 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 in this item
4,125,000
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: (a) 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 (b) 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 up to $500,000 may be used for temporary emergency accommodations for not longer than 7 days for families at imminent risk of homelessness in order to facilitate the maintenance or securing of housing or referral to other services; provided further, that, effective July 1, 2013, the department of housing and community development shall promptly refer to providers of such temporary accommodations funded by this item, those families who provide credible statements or other credible evidence that they are within 24 hours of staying in a place unfit for human habitation, who appear to have income that does not exceed 150 per cent of the federal poverty level and who are not eligible for emergency shelter services from the department; provided further, that those providers shall be available to receive and act on such referrals until at least 5 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday, but not including state and federal holidays; provided further, that nothing in this item shall relieve the department of its obligations under item 7004-0101, including the duty immediately to place families in emergency shelter if they appear to be eligible but need more time to collect verifications; provided further, that the department shall report monthly to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the house and senate clerks and the joint committee on housing detailing: (i) the number of families receiving temporary accommodations under this item; (ii) the average length of stay in temporary accommodations; and (iii) the total amount expended on temporary accommodations to date; provided further, that assistance shall be administered by the department through contracts with the regional non-profit agencies; 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 provided to a family shall not exceed more than $4,000, not including the value of any temporary accommodations, 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, not including the value of any temporary accommodations, 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 whom 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, that the department shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (a) the number of families who applied 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, prior appropriation continued
10,000,000

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 fees collected under these programs; provided, that funds may be expended for the costs of administering and monitoring the programs, including the costs of personnel, subject to the approval of the undersecretary of the department; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of 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 479,345,253
4400-0705 Mckinney Emergency Shelter Grants Program
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, McKinney Emergency Shelter Grants Program
5,000,000
4400-0707 Continuum of Care Supplemental Housing
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Continuum of Care Supplemental Housing
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
5,039,884
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
133,623,245
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
17,593,784
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
28,672,755
7004-3038 Neighborhood Stabilization Block Grant
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Neighborhood Stabilization Block Grant
10,589,989
7004-3051 Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program-ARRA
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, ARRA Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program
47,039
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
9,120,761
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
9,325,904
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
6,330,954
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
7,606,938
7004-9039 Home Technical Assistance
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Home Technical Assistance
94,000

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