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Blog Archive for August 2011

We just learned from DTA that the full $150/child clothing allowance will be paid in September!!

Due Hurricane Irene, many Massachusetts communities have experienced flooding and/or sustained power outages. Over 500,000 Massachusetts residential consumers were reported still without power early this afternoon - see We understand that Governor Patrick and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) are working hard to assess the scope of damage from the Hurricane. Depending on this determination, it is possible that additional SNAP benefits (Supplemental SNAP and Disaster SNAP) may become available.

MLRI is gearing up for its 2011/2012 Basic Benefits Training series !  We are offering a total of 11 sessions starting September 15th through April 4, 2012 including on:
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Emergency Assistance Shelter and Homeless Benefits
  • Cash Assistance (TAFDC and EAEDC)
  • Food Stamps/SNAP
  • Income Max for Wo

1. SNAP Cost of Living INCREASES for October 1st: As folks may recall, SNAP benefits actually declined for many households last April due to the reduction in the standard utility allowance (SUA) based on a decrease in utility/energy costs from two years previous.

ABC News kicks off a division-wide series “Hunger at Home: Crisis in America” beginning with a full day of reports Wednesday, August 24 examining the growing number of families in the United States who go hungry. “ABC World News” weekend anchor David Muir, Steve Osunsami, Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, and Deborah Roberts will report on the realities of what life is like for many of American families and will draw attention to the extraordinary Americans already fighting in the battle to end hunger.

1. HUGE cut in TAFDC clothing allowance in September of thousands of TAFDC recipients: Despite a vigorous campaign to prevent the cut, the final FY2012 budget reduces the annual TAFDC clothing allowance from $150/child to $40/child. This is a HUGE drop for needy families whose monthly TAFDC benefits are less than 50% of the federal poverty level. In the next few weeks DTA will be sending out notices advising TAFDC families of the new clothing allowance amount.

As many of you know, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has been appointed to the Deficit Super Committee to determine the possible cuts or other options to address the federal budget and spending.

FRAC Statement on Debt Ceiling

Statement attributable to FRAC President Jim Weill.

Contact: Jennifer Adach, 202.986.2200 x3018