The MA Rental Voucher Program (MRVP, line item 7004-9024) provides very low income households with assistance in paying their rent. The Senate Ways & Means budget proposal cuts funding for MRVP by more than 45%. At the level proposed by the Senate, about half of the vouchers currently in use will have to be recalled, resulting in a devastating impact on at least 2,300 households participating in the program. Landlords that rent to voucher holders will be adversely affected.
What can you do? Ask your state Senator to co-sponsor Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz’ budget amendment that will restore funding for MRVP to $35,797,061 and will maintain the vouchers that are currently in use.