On January 25, 2012, Governor Patrick released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 (FY 13), which is referred to as House 2. Attached is MLRI's preliminary analysis of of selected Housing and Homelessness, Cash and Nutrition Assistance, Health, Child Welfare, and Child Care Items in House 2.
House 2 does not propose major cuts in benefits or eligibility for most of the accounts discussed here, except for the two main accounts serving homeless children and their families. House 2 would make most homeless children and their families ineligible for both emergency shelter and temporary rental assistance, rending the safety net for homeless families with children. House 2 does include important increases to other housing-related programs, but it would not ensure that homeless children and their families who would be rendered ineligible for shelter will be housed instead.
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