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Utilities Rights Training on Feb 5th (afternoon of SNAP 101); Fed Povty Level increase just released; Infographic on school meals and SNAP

Federal Poverty Level (FPL) increase:  Hot off the press - the US Dept of Health and Human Services released th2020 FPL increase  on 1/17/19  - a 1.8% increase.  See MLRI's updated charts HERE. In SNAPland, this impacts the 200% FPL gross income test (this increase does NOT impact the 130% FPL or the 100% FPL, nor the SNAP benefits amounts - all of which increase in October). MLRI will be updating our SNAP calculators this week! Not updated yet. 
How SNAP and NSLP treat household income: If you work with families who are in doubled-up situations up or in multigenerational families, remember that they can apply for their own SNAP benefits if they purchase and prepare most food separate from others. And receipt of SNAP = automatic free school meals.  That's because the National School Lunch Program counts the income of ALL individuals in the same "economic unit" - basically under the same roof. SNAP only counts the income of persons who customarily purchase and prepare most of their meals together (unless married, or a child under age 22 etc).  Check our our infographic attached and please share with school nutrition directors.
Upcoming Trainings Feb 5th:  SNAP 101 is on February 5th in the AM.  Register HERE.  But you can also spend the day in Boston learning about SNAP in the morning, Utilities Rights in the afternoon  - and still have time for some quick shopping at Downtown Crossing!  Imagine that, a day in the Big City!  See announcement on the Utility Rights training below.
Hunger Free College Briefing on Jan 30th at the State House, Room 428  Please fill out this Google Form so we can give you more updates and let us know if you know of students willing to share their stories with local media.  
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Utilities—Advocacy for Low-Income Households in Massachusetts

This training covers the broad range of topics that arise when low-income households are trying to initiate or protect their utility service, as well as pay their non-utility energy bills (oil, propane). Topics will include: how to start service and protect service from termination, how to restore terminated service, how to get on the low-income discount rate, payment plans and arrearage management programs, funding sources that help pay utility bills, helping victims of domestic violence and crimes, and advocating for clients at the Department of Public Utilities. Training materials include our widely used book, Utilities Advocacy for Low-income Households in Massachusetts. This training is designed for anyone working in the field and helping low-income clients with their utility problems. This includes social workers, housing search workers, elder advocates, immigration advocates, domestic violence program staff, community action program staff, and lawyers.

Dates & Locations Earn up to 3 CLE credits.

In-Person ProgramBOSTON »
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
1:00 pm–4:00 pm

Tuition (includes written materials)

$35 Legal Services Attorney and Nonlawyer Advocates

$125 All Others

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