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National Public Charge Comment Day; SNAP Coalition Meeting on 11/27; TAFDC Basic Benefits Training on 12/13, SNAP and Veterans!

Greetings SNAP Coalition members.  We are writing to remind you that TODAY is National Comment Day.  Please consider filing comments in opposition to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed rules that would rob America of its heritage as a nation of immigrants and allow only the wealthiest and most privileged immigrants to get legal status to live and work in the United States.  We need you to file comments! 

To submit comments on the proposed "public charge" rules- you can:

You have until December 10th to file comments - but do not wait til the last minute.  So far, nearly 70,000 comments have been filed but state and national groups we are hoping for 100K comments!  Please try to make your comments unique (no form letters).  If you need help drafting comments, please contact Pat Baker, Vicky Negus or Yesenia Jimenez ( )at MLRI.

Boston SNAP Coalition Tuesday, November 27th and 2019 meeting dates.

November 27th is our LAST Boston meeting for 2018, no meeting in December.  There is a LOT going on that we will update you on.  The AGENDA will include an update on the Farm Bill in Lame Duck session, Q and A on how to file comments to the USCIS public charge rules, state legislation planned for 2019, the upcoming roll out of the “elder simplified application program,”  update on EBT problems at local grocery stores,  DTA policy waiving certain SNAP overpayments caused by “agency error”, SNAP outreach to veterans and more!    

Mark your calendar – See attached list of 2019 meeting dates for the Boston SNAP Coalition.  First one is January 22nd

Basic Benefits Training – Cash Assistance/TAFDC Training on Thursday December 13th:

The next BBT session is scheduled for Thursday, December 13th.  Attached is a flier and here’s the link to the MLCE TAFDC Training registration page.  The training provides an overview of program rules and information about recent changes. There will also be sessions on applying for TAFDC benefits, keeping TAFDC benefits, and child care.  Did you know, based on DTA data received by MLRI in September, roughly 16,400 low income families with minor children receive SNAP but otherwise have zero income?  Many families, especially those in doubled-up situations and/or non-parent caregivers of minor children, may have lost their cash assistance or not know how to apply.  Families cannot live on SNAP alone!

And the SNAP Basic Benefits Training is Wednesday, January 16. 2019.  Register now!

Lobbying on a Shoestring 4th Edition!

For anyone working on state legislation or just wanting to engage your local Senator and Rep – this is an invaluable resource for community organizations and individuals, available through Mass Continuing Legal Education. "Premised on the idea that real people should have a real impact on the development of public policy, this powerhouse of a paperback conveys truths about the legislative process and hard-won, strategic insights."  

SNAP and Veterans Outreach Initiative: 

Just before Veterans Day, DTA and the Mass Department of Veterans Services announced a major initiative to reach and enroll low income veterans in SNAP and other benefits.  Here’s DTA's media announcement and coverage in Western and Central MA.

 Happy Thanksgiving from all of MLRI !  

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