We want to give you some updated information on some positive policies DTA has issued around verifications, but also flag some ongoing problems with the DTA Assistance Line.
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SNAP 101 Trainings with MLRI and Greater Boston Food Bank - 10/17 and 11/2
This is a quick reminder of upcoming SNAP 101 trainings (all are free):
Monday, October 17th in Framingham from 9:30 to Noon.
Wednesday, November 2nd in Falmouth from 1:30 - 4 PM.
There will be a training in Beverly, likely in early December but the date is TBA.
There is still space at the these trainings. To register, see the training links provided in the attached GBFB flier.
This powerful report - released this week- highlights the crisis of hunger in college campuses and includes a number of excellent recommendations.
See also last week's Boston Globe opinion piece on same:
Disability rights activists, PCAs and the union representing them have made some progress with the Office of Medicaid in this on-going controversy about Personal Care Attendant Over-Time (PCA OT).
Settlement in Wage Match case
We are writing to alert you to a settlement in wage match lawsuit filed a few years ago against the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA).
Just a reminder to folks in central and western Massachusetts that the Springfield MassHealth Enrollment Center is moving to 88 Industry Ave. Springfield on Monday Oct. 3. The telephone numbers are unchanged. See the attached flyer with directions to the new location.
From our good friends at Rosies Place!
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From: Rachel Lochner, Rosie's Place
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Subject: National Voter Registration Day
Hello Rosie's Place partners,
Today is National Voter Registration Day! Please share the following information with your guests/clients and networks:
Double check that you are registered to vote and find your polling place here.
SNAP Cost of Living Changes Effective October 1st:
This is another crazy year when the SNAP cost of living adjustment (COLA) goes in two different directions!
On the GOOD news front, the SNAP Shelter Deduction increases nationwide from $504 to $517/mo, and the "Standard Deduction" for 1-3 person households increases from $155 to $157/month.
On the BAD news front, the Standard Utility Allowance for Massachusetts decreases:
Today's Boston Globe has a fabulous story that Congressman Jim McGovern is receiving this prestigious award for all his anti-hunger work for the nation. While James Beard is often associated with fine dining, we consider James McGovern the MASTER CHEF in raising hunger awareness in the nation and fighting tirelessly - with all the tools in the kitchen - to protect SNAP, Child Nutrition, TEFAP and other critical anti-hunger programs!