Supplemental Budget Passed
On March 23, the MA Legislature passed a $388.6 million supplemental budget for Fiscal Year 2023, which included several time sensitive needs for an array of programs relied on by some of the most vulnerable residents of the Commonwealth:
$130 million for SNAP food assistance benefits to provide a path for families who were receiving enhanced SNAP benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic
$68 million for the Early Education C3 stabilization grant program
$65 million for the continuation of free school meals
$45 million for emergency shelter assistance, and
over $40 million to support affordable housing for immigrants and refugees.
Thank you to our western Massachusetts legislators for their support of these critical investments.
Emergency Assistance Shelter Procurement Released
The MA Department of Housing and Community Development released a new procurement to expand shelter capacity in response to the increase in family homelessness across the Commonwealth. See the procurement here. All providers are welcome to apply, whether or not a previous EA shelter provider. Deadline is rolling.