Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Transitional Assistance
Press Release

Contact: Matt Kitsos, 617-348-5614                    

DTA INTERIM COMMISSIONER MONAHAN ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL ‘BRIDGE TO STABILITY’ LISTENING SESSIONS

Invites residents of Taunton, Pittsfield, Worcester and Springfield to provide feedback on DTA programs

BOSTON – Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) Interim Commissioner Stacey Monahan today announced the second leg of a series of statewide listening sessions that will allow residents from each region of the Commonwealth to share ideas, provide feedback and tell stories about transitional assistance programs that provide an important bridge to stability during difficult times.

The second leg of the listening tour will begin in Taunton on March 25 with additional events scheduled in Pittsfield on March 27, Worcester on March 29 and Springfield on April 8. Additional events will be held across the state throughout April.

Interim Commissioner Monahan has held tour events in Framingham, Holyoke, and Lowell already.

“The listening tour will help the Department improve our policies, procedures and processes to ensure that taxpayer resources are used appropriately and as intended,” said Interim Commissioner Monahan. “The feedback we have received during our first few listening sessions has been very informative and I am grateful for all who participated.”

The sessions will allow residents to share comments directly with Interim Commissioner Monahan, DTA leaders and local elected officials. The sessions will also inform residents about the important changes happening at DTA to enhance program integrity and ensure that taxpayer resources are going to only those who are truly eligible.

DTA “BRIDGE TO STABILITY” LISTENING SESSIONS:

Monday, March 25
6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Taunton Public Library
12 Pleasant St., Taunton

Wednesday, March 27
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Pittsfield Public Library
1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield

Friday, March 29

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
YWCA of Central Massachusetts
One Salem Square, Worcester

Monday, April 8
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Springfield Public Library
220 State St., Springfield

* Meeting space will be accessible to persons with disabilities. American Sign Language and foreign language interpreters will be provided. If you or someone you know will need an accommodation in order to fully participate, please contact Peter Sasso at 617-989-2302.

Additional events TBA

DTA ensures that the emergency and transitional needs of the individuals and families of the Commonwealth are met through a combination of federal-and state-funded benefits, such as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and cash assistance.

DTA has many successful initiatives, including internship programs that lead to career success, partnerships with other agencies to promote healthy lifestyles and a nationally-recognized emergency SNAP assistance program that helped residents in Western Mass affected by the devastating tornadoes.

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