Late last week, the House voted on its FY22 budget. We will provide more detail shortly but for now this update will report out on how the Network Amendment priorities fared. Unfortunately, our statewide priorities, in collaboration with CHAPA and MA Coalition for the Homeless, were not adopted, with the exception of the transportation amendments that added funding and service improvements to Regional Transit Authorities (an excellent advance!).

However, locally, we made some progress in two areas: the adoption of a $100,000 earmark to support a Safe Havens Program in Hampshire and Franklin Counties (the requested amount is $422,000); and a $25,000 earmark to support the Network’s continuity (the requested amount is $75,000). We are grateful to our Western Massachusetts delegation for their support!

Now we’re on to the Senate, where the Senate Ways and Means Committee likely will be releasing its proposed budget next week. Please stay tuned for more information as soon as it is available.

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