Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Transitional Assistance
Press Release

Contact: Matt Kitsos, 617-348-5614
                   
DTA INTERIM COMMISSIONER MONAHAN ANNOUNCES ‘BRIDGE TO STABILITY’ LISTENING SESSIONS
First leg of listening tour invites residents of Framingham and Holyoke to provide feedback on DTA programs

BOSTON – Thursday, March 7, 2013 – Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) Interim Commissioner Stacey Monahan today announced 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 first leg of the listening tour was scheduled to kickoff Friday, March 8 with the inaugural session in Fall River, however, due to inclement weather, the event was postponed. The tour will continue with events in Framingham on March 11 and Holyoke on March 13. Additional events will be held across the state throughout the months of March and April.

“Transitional assistance provides a bridge to stability for one in eight people in Massachusetts, and the ideas and feedback received at these listening sessions will help us strengthen and improve these programs,” said Interim Commissioner Monahan. “I look forward to hearing directly from our residents, who often have the most constructive ideas about enhancing the way we do business.”

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 11
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Framingham Public Library
49 Lexington St., Framingham

Wednesday, March 13
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Holyoke High School
High School Cafeteria
500 Beech St., Holyoke
* Meeting space will be accessible to persons with disabilities. American Sign Language and language translators 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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