Field Ops Memo 2009-32: EA Program Transitions from DTA to DHCD


Effective July 1, 2009, the Emergency Assistance (EA) program will transition to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). All of the eligibility and case management services and activities associated with the EA program will become the responsibility of DHCD. This new division will be called the Division of Housing Stabilization and the
central office will be located at 100 Cambridge St. in Boston.

A second Field Operations Memo will be issued this month to inform DTA staff plus the DHCD staff in the TAOs about all processing-related issues associated with the EA program after the transition to DHCD. Post transition, the TAFDC, EAEDC and SNAP programs will remain with DTA to be managed by a DTA case manager. The EA program will be managed by a DHCD
homeless coordinator.

As part of the transition, program and administrative staff will transfer to DHCD. The new DHCD Division of Housing Stabilization will be comprised of five regional areas staffed by former DTA supervisors and case managers. Former DTA field staff will continue to be located in designated DTA offices to accommodate applicants and ongoing clients applying for and receiving
EA benefits from the Division of Housing Stabilization. To ensure that there is a presence in each of DTA's current offices, it will be necessary for some DHCD homeless coordinators to travel between offices.

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