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Announcements on MLS

Check this out -- interactive visualization of the declining value of public assistance over time

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 3:06pm -- RHahn

See this interactive visualization of the declining value of public assistance benefits over time, both nationally and on a state by state basis.  For example, according to this chart, in 1970 the maximum annual TAFDC benefit for a family of 3 in Massachusetts was 103.7 percent of the federal poverty guidelines; in 2011 it had dropped to 40 percent.  This visualization can be found on the Remapping Debate website,

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Filing Fee Increase in Federal District Courts

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 10:03am -- RHahn

Effective May 1, 2013, all federal district courts will begin charging a $50 administrative fee for filing a civil action in a district court, in addition to the $350 filing fee, thereby increasing the total filing fee to $400.00. The administrative fee does not apply to applications for a writ of habeas corpus or to persons granted in forma pauperis status under 28 U.S.C. § 1915.


State House Event re: Family Homelessness Crisis- April 9th, 9:45 a.m.

Thu, 04/04/2013 - 12:13pm -- lizahirsch3

Please join us at the State House for this event- next Tuesday April 9th- on the impact of the current EA shelter regulations on homeless children and families. Flyer attached. MLRI will be releasing a new report on the familyhomelessness crisis on this day. A good turnout will be helpful in highlighting the importance of the issue, so please bring others with you and forward this announcement widely.

URGENT: Tonight's House Votes Could Result in Millions Losing SNAP/Food Stamps

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 3:17pm -- FoodSNAP

Below is an urgent alert from FRAC.  If you can make a call THIS AFTERNOON, please do so !! 

Even though the MA delegation is solid against cuts, it always helps for them to hear from you! Please THANK your Congress member for his or her support, and urge him/her to hold strong against "Plan B" or any cuts to SNAP,  and ask them to let President Obama know they will tolerate absolutely NO CUTS to SNAP or other safety-net programs as part of any fiscal "cliff" deals.

Call - 202-225-3121 (Capitol Switchboard).

Email from FRAC:

Reminder -- winter moratorium preventing utility shut offs is now in effect

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 11:43am -- RHahn

From November 15 through March 15 (sometimes extended into April), Massachusetts state law prevents utility companies from terminating service that is used to heat homes if the household is suffering financial hardship.  See this article in the Consumer library section to learn more about this protection and  steps to take to show financial hardship.


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