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Advocate for Financial Mobility and affordable housing in the House Ways & Means Budget FY19

The House Ways and Means Budget was released on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Many positive investments and policy changes related to family homelessness. An Office of Health Equity under Executive Office of Health and Human Services was established for intragency initiatives within state agencies.  However, there is more that can be done to advance system coordination and data collection efforts so that all families have a path for economic mobility! Please contact your State Representative and urge them to sign on with the help of information below:

Click here to see Fact sheet on Amendments that On Solid Ground is advocating.

Use this text to call or email your State Representative:

“Hello, I am (NAME) and I am from (STREET / ORGANIZATION/ PROGRAM) in the Representative’s district. Issues of housing, family homelessness and financial security are important to me. I am requesting that the Representative sign on to the following amendments, thank you very much.”

Please sign on to co-sponsor and support these amendments:

#700 – The Economic Mobility Commission Amendment (NEW):

Representative Vega’s amendment will establish an Economic Mobility Commission that will study the numerous Self-sufficiency programs across the state. The commission will identify the successful ones to scale them throughout the state. The commission will also study the impact of cliff effects and minimum wage increases

#824 – HomeBASE (7004-0108): 

Representative Vargas’s amendment will allow for renewals and protections for families whose HomeBASE benefit expires and who need additional assistance to maintain housing stability; improves data and reporting requirements and increases funding to $35M; the HWM budget proposes $32M.

#285 & #269 – The Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (7004-9024):

Representative Donato’s amendment will increase funding to $120M; the HWM Budget proposes $100M.
Representative Connolly’s amendment will update the Fair Market Rent cap.


#1339 – Earned Income Tax Credit (NEW):

Representative Marjorie Decker’s amendment increases the state EITC to 50% of the federal value from 30% proposed in the House Ways & Means budget.

#1361 – Lift the Cap on Kids (4403-2000):

Representative Marjorie Decker’s amendment lifts the family cap on kids in the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) program.

FY19 House Announces Budget – April 11th

February 2, 2018: Hearing at the State House, room A-1, 1 pm on An Act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents

November 21, 2017: Hearing at the State House, room A-1, 1 pm on An Act Providing Immediate Child Care Assistance to Homeless Families 

August 22, 2017: Hearing at the State House on An Act Relative to Interagency Efforts to Reduce and Prevent Homelessness  & An Act Relative to the Economic Mobility and Stability Program