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MLRI and Mass Continuing Legal Education are hosting TWO trainings on benefits in March (these are the final trainings in the BBT series):

March 1st (Tuesday) training on Elder Benefit Programs:

To Register: http://www.mcle.org/program-calendar/program-catalog.cfm?product_code=21...

March 22nd (Tuesday) on Immigrant and Benefits:

Yesterday's NY Times included a distressing article about parents falling behind in paying for school lunches, and schools having to act like collections agencies because otherwise they have to cut school budgets elsewhere. Apparently the Framingham school district is sending constables to parents' homes with letters from the school asking for their money !!

TO: Food SNAP Coalition Members
FR: Pat Baker

In follow up to the January 25th Coalition meeting, here are some important Food Stamp/SNAP policy updates to share on the numbers:

1. Slight cost of living adjustment (COLA) in 200% FPL gross income test: The US Department of Health and Human Services issued the new Federal Poverty Level increases on January 20, 2011. The federal poverty level (FPL) has increased by 1.6% for 2011. 

The following is from Mass Continuing Legal Education (MLCE). If you are registered for the Thursday training, it is still going forward unless the nasty weather makes it impossible.

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From: Mira Kireva
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 10:40 AM
To: Mira Kireva
Subject: MCLE & MLRI Food Stamps/SNAP program on Thursday February 3
Dear Food Stamps/SNAP registrants:

TO: Food SNAP Coalition Members
FR: Pat Baker

Here is a link to MLRI's preliminary analysis of the Governor's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. Relevant to safety-net benefits and housing, the Governor proposes to deny emergency shelter to most families who are now eligible, offering them only the possibility of short-term housing assistance, even if they have nowhere to go while looking for housing with which to use that assistance.

TO: Food SNAP Coalition Members
FR: Pat Baker

At yesterday's Food SNAP Coalition meeting, we discussed a number of technology improvements to improve customer services for clients. Here are the highlights -

1. New Phone Access for Food Stamp/SNAP and Cash Assistance case information:

The following message is from MLRI AmeriCorps Fellow, Kelly Love:

Mark your calendars, and hope for good weather! Here's some upcoming trainings and meetings of interest to Coalition members.

1. Food SNAP 101 Training: February 3rd (Thursday) from 9:30 - 12:30, Mass Continuing Legal Education in Boston

To: Food SNAP Coalition members
FR: Pat Baker

TO: Food SNAP Coalition Members

FR: Pat Baker

TO: Food SNAP Coalition Members
FR: Pat Baker