Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 1 Fiscal Year 2012

Governor's Budget Recommendation FY 2012

7004-0108 - Massachusetts Short Term Housing Transition Program




Account Description FY2011
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FY2012
House 1
7004-0108 Massachusetts Short Term Housing Transition Program
For a program of short-term housing assistance and related case management services for each family receiving benefits hereunder; for (i) families that would otherwise be eligible for temporary emergency family shelter under section 30 of chapter 23B of the General Laws and all other applicable statutory and regulatory requirements and (ii) families that would otherwise be eligible for temporary emergency family shelter pursuant to section 30 of chapter 23B of the General Laws and all other applicable statutory and regulatory requirements but for the fact that they are imminently at risk of becoming homeless, except, in either case, unless these families are exiting a young families congregate shelter funded under item 7004-0101, families in which the head of household is not more than 21 years of age at the time of application for assistance, as follows: provided, that the assistance provided hereunder may include payments of rent arrears; a portion of the household's monthly rent, first and/or last month's rent, and/or security deposit; utility charges; and extraordinary medical bills so long as such assistance will maintain housing for the family; provided further, that a family's eligibility for such assistance shall not exceed a period of 36 months, as a single, uninterrupted period of time or otherwise; provided further, that such payments shall not exceed $8,000 for the initial 12 month period for which the family receives assistance hereunder, reduced by 5 per cent for each of the next 12 month periods for which the family receives assistance hereunder, such 12 month periods being a single uninterrupted period or otherwise; provided further, that the continued eligibility of the family shall be determined on an annual basis; provided further, that benefits under this item shall be provided only to residents who are citizens of the United States or aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence or otherwise permanently residing under color of law in the United States; provided further, that the department shall take all steps necessary to enforce regulations to prevent abuse in the short-term housing transition program including a wage match agreement with the department of revenue; provided further, that assistance received under this program shall render a family ineligible for benefits pursuant to section 30 of chapter 23B and short-term housing transition benefits for a period of 24 months from the later of the date upon which the family exits a temporary emergency family shelter or a short-term housing transition payment is made to or on behalf of the family; 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 in the Massachusetts short-term housing transition program 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 shall fail 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 the short-term housing transition program; provided further, that the department shall administer the short-term housing transition program through the following agencies unless and until administering agencies are otherwise procured by the department: Berkshire Housing Development Corporation, Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Community Teamwork, Inc., Housing Assistance Corporation, Franklin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Hampden Hampshire Housing Partnership, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc., and South Shore Housing Development Corporation; 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; and provided further, that the department shall issues rules and regulations for the short-term housing transition program.
0 38,561,732

Consolidated with 7004-0101.

 
 


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