On behalf of the House members of the Joint Committee on Housing, I would like to thank Speaker DeLeo, Chairman Sanchez, and the members and staff of the House Ways and Means Committee for their compassion and dedication to housing.
Below are some highlights for housing funding in the Commonwealth:
- $100 million for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), which works to maintain stability for families and individuals who are at risk of being homeless.
- This is an $7.2 million increase from FY18
- $65.5 million for the public housing operating subsidy
- $17 million for Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT), which provides families and individuals with temporary assistance to obtain or retain housing.
- This is a $2 million increase from FY18
- This program has helped 1,474 families avoid homelessness
- $2,841,992 for Housing Consumer Education Centers
- Nine member agencies statewide offer housing assistance, services, and information to low and moderate income residents
- $2.34 million for the Home and Healthy For Good Program, which places chronically homeless individuals into permanent housing with supportive services.
- $32 million for HomeBASE, a short term housing assistance program that stabilizes our most at-risk families by diverting them from and out of shelter
- This is a $1.8 million increase in funding from FY18
- $750,000 for Tenancy Preservation Program (TPP)
- This is a $250,000 increase from FY18
- TPP acts as a neutral third party between a landlord and tenants facing eviction and helps preserve tenancies at the housing court
- TPP prevents homelessness in over 90 percent of cases