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Save the Dates for 2016: Upcoming Basic Benefits Trainings and Boston SNAP Coalition meetings

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 4:34pm -- FoodSNAP

Since you are all likely removing the plastic wrap on your 2016 calendars - literally or virtually - here's some important dates to plunk into those uncluttered calendars:

SNAP Coalition Boston Meetings in 2016

All 10 of the Boston SNAP Coalition meetings the 4th Tuesday of each month from 10 to Noon. All of them are held at St Francis House, 39 Boylston Street, 6th Floor, Boston MA. Here the dates:

DTA Central Instructions to DTA Assistance Line Staff on Phone Protocol and Handling Multiple Cases from Advocates

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 5:56pm -- FoodSNAP

At yesterday's SNAP Coalition meeting which DTA Commissioner McCue and Central Office staff attended, folks raised concerns about the ongoing problem of dropped calls in the midst of talking with a DTA worker. Advocates also raised concerns that many DTA first available workers (FAW) said they could only discuss "one case at at time"  and told advocates they must call back and wade through the phone queue again.

ABAWD Update: More Advocacy Materials and 12/11 Training at Rosie's Place; Special DTA Policy for Homeless Individuals, DTA mailing and "robo calls" this week

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 5:36pm -- FoodSNAP

Thanks again to all who were able to attend the Boston SNAP Coalition meeting yesterday and share in a robust discussion of how to protect some of our most vulnerable low income residents. As DTA noted in the meeting, roughly 28,000 individuals are facing the 3 month time limit in 2016 unless we can help them claim exemptions or work/training options. We are writing to provide you with additional information to help you help your clients. 

Boston SNAP Coalition meeting tomorrow, December 1st from 10 to Noon; Recent Press articles on food insecurity and SNAP in Massachusetts

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 4:29pm -- FoodSNAP

Greetings and happy holidays.

SNAP Coalition Meeting tomorrow, December 1st.

This is a brief reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday, is our final 2015 SNAP Coalition meeting in Boston until 2016. There will be no SNAP meeting the week of December 21st.  The Coalition meeting will be 10 -noon at St Francis House, 6th Floor.  The agenda will include:

SNAP 3-Month Time Limit starts in January 2016 for "Able Bodied without Dependents" - Importrant Information for Clients and Community Organizations

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 1:53pm -- FoodSNAP

The NEXT Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting is Tuesday, December 1st, from 10 to Noon at St Francis House. The AGENDA will include an update on the state's ABAWD implementation, discussion of the next Elder Working Group meeting priorities, and an update on other state and federal SNAP and federal nutrition policies.  This email is to give you some preliminary materials for clients who may be subject to the SNAP 3 Month time limit under the reinstated federal "ABAWD" SNAP rules. 

Massachusetts SNAP Caseload and SNAP Zip Code Data and Interactive Map - comparing Jan 2014 with October 2015

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 5:36pm -- FoodSNAP

Many of you have asked for SNAP data by city/town or Zip code on the impact of the SNAP caseload reduction in Massachusetts.  While the SNAP caseload has indeed started to turn the corner and increase since May 2015, the MA caseload has still suffered a serious decline.  We are providing you with a couple ways to look at the data:

The Return of the 3 Month SNAP Time Limit Impacting Single Adults: Free Webinar on Wed, Nov 4th and DTA Meeting with Community Organizations, Fri, Nov 6th

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 3:40pm -- FoodSNAP

As SNAP Coalition Members know, starting in January of 2016, thousands of Massachusetts SNAP recipients may be harmed by the reinstatement of the federal SNAP 3 month time limit.  We want to invite you to the following events to learn more about it and what you can do.

Status of State's Power Outage: DTA Assistance Line and BEACON up and running today

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 10:21am -- FoodSNAP

See email from DTA Ombuds Sara Craven below.  Note that the MassHealth Enrollment Centers and other state agencies were also impacted. For better or worse, this was not specific to DTA. As a result of this outage, there is likely a long wait to reach DTA workers on the Assistance Line and we need to be sure that no SNAP applications filed over the Virtual Gateway got lost.  If you filed a client application yesterday, please track it carefully for DTA.

Basic Benefits Training: Income Maximization for Working Poor Families and Individuals

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 10:41am -- FoodSNAP

Income Maximization for the Working Poor Families and Individuals

Wednesday, October 28, 2015: 9:15 to 1:15 pm

This session is an overview focusing on various supplemental benefits and assistance programs which help working families and individuals to maximize their income and reduce their expenses. The first part is presented in a lecture format, and the second part utilizes small break-out groups and case hypotheticals.  Trainers include: Laura Gallant, Northeast Justice Center (Lynn) and Ellen Shachter, Cambridge and Somerville Legal Service (GBLS)


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