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ACTION ALERT: Final push for House co-sponsors of SNAP Gap/Common App - 5 PM Deadline TODAY!

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:11pm -- FoodSNAP

Representatives Livingstone and Khan filed Amendment #31 to close the SNAP Gap. In addition to Reps Livingstone and Khan, we have 46 co-sponsors! Reps have til 5 PM today to sign on.  Let's try for 10 more before 5 PM today!! 

  • Below is the list of current Reps who have signed onto co-sponsor the Livingstone/Khan Amendment #31.

  • Here's the House Budget link to track language and amendments (scroll down to Amendment #31 and click on the number).

Resources for Advising Low-Income Immigrant Clients re Benefits and Rights, Survey of Issues/Concerns

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 11:26am -- FoodSNAP

We've gotten a number of inquiries from Coalition members about the rights, protections and benefits available to immigrant-headed households.  We know these are uncertain times and there is a significant amount of fear and confusion out there. We also know that the media has leaked information about a draft Executive Order regarding immigrant uses of public benefits. This EO has NOT been issued. There is NO change in the federal and state laws with respect to benefits available, public charge, reporting of immigrants.

SNAP info from DTA! Unearned income verification, non-countable income, self employment, case narratives

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 3:01pm -- FoodSNAP

DTA recently updated a number of materials in the DTA Online Guide (policy manual for DTA staff). These updates were sent to DTA staff and case managers on Friday, 3/31, and are important for community partners to know!  For example, it can be helpful to point directly to DTA policy if you are talking with a DTA worker about a case issue. 

REGISTER NOW - “Advocacy & Budget Process 101” Free Webinar - April 6 ‼

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 10:27am -- FoodSNAP

Our friends at EmPath, On Solid Ground,CSP UMass and CHAPA are hosting the April 6th Webinar described below. All are welcome to register and listen in.

And don't forget, Ways and Means Budget hearing on Friday, March 31st at the State House (Gardner Auditorium) starting at 10 AM (register at 9 AM to speak).

Pat

FY18 State Budget Campaigns for SNAP Gap and MEFAP; Public hearing March 31st; Breakfast After Bell Legislative Campaign

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:51pm -- FoodSNAP

Looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at the SNAP Coalition Meeting at St Francis House in Boston. The House and Senate Ways and Means Committees are in full throttle mode with multiple hearings on the FY18 State Budget. The PUBLIC hearing is this coming Friday. March 31st at the State House, Gardner Auditorium.  More details to follow. Ways and Means is also hosting an agency hearing today in Fall River and Wednesday at UMass Amherst.

Attached are THREE fact sheets:

  • SNAP Gap/Common App FY18 Budget Fact Sheet

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