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SNAP gap lobby day + Public Charge webinar & SNAP flier updates

Lobby day to close the SNAP gap is Tues, Feb 11 (tomorrow)!
 

We need you to help us make it clear that it’s time to close the SNAP Gap by passing An Act improving public health through a common application for core food, health and safety-net programs (S.678/H.1173), and funding an expansion of the SNAP Gap pilot program through the FY21 state budget. 

 

Meet us at the Massachusetts State House in Room 428 at 10:30 am on 2/11 to hear from legislators, advocates, and people with lived experience. You can participate in a brief advocacy training before meeting with your lawmakers and urging them to close the SNAP Gap. Register to join us in-person or take action virtually here

 
Register for the MA Protecting Immigrant Families campaign webinar on 2/13
 
See below for information from the MA Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign, including registration form for a webinar updating Massachusetts organizations on public chage - scheduled for this Thursday, February 13 at 12 PM. 
 
Updated SNAP and Public Charge Flier
 
We have updated the SNAP and public charge flier from MLRI, the Food Banks, and Project Bread - attached. Please distribute this flier widely. As always, find the most up to date resources on MassLegalServices.org/PublicCharge
 
Register for Immigrants and Public Benefits MLRI training 
 
This all-day training hosted by MCLE in Boston will be on Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 9:30 AM - 4 PM. It will cover public charge along with the nuts-and-bolts on how immigration status affects eligibility for benefits. It will cover basic information about immigrants in Massachusetts, how immigration status affects public benefits in general and an overview of the most commonly seen types of immigration status and documents, along with additional break out sessions. Register by clicking here. 
 
Please let us know if you have questions. 
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Dear Allies,

As many of you know, USCIS recently announced an effective date for the agency’s public charge rule. The final rule will only apply to applications and petitions postmarked (or submitted electronically, if applicable) on or after Feb. 24, 2020 (except for in the State of Illinois). DHS will not consider an immigrant’s receipt of the newly listed benefits before Feb. 24, 2020 in the public charge determination. Last Wednesday, also USCIS issued new policy guidance, as well as several updated and new forms and instructions in anticipation of the Feb. 24 implementation date. 

The National PIF campaign team and local advocates are presently analyzing these materials and hope to share more information in the coming days and weeks. Please stay tuned. 
 
In the meantime, The MA PIF campaign invites you to participate in our upcoming Massachusetts-specific "Public Charge Update" teleconference/webinar happening this Thursday, February 13th at 12 pm EST. In order to sign up for the teleconference/webinar, and to submit your questions ahead of time, please use the link below. Those who sign up will receive instructions on how to join the teleconference/webinar later this week. 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdYpaomEcAKrYng9Zywa-_GO-TjFs9YJxgjCv_Kv7nWArxNCg/viewform?usp=sf_link 
 
Please contact mparedes@mlri.org and/or ktully@mlri.org if you have any questions.
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