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We have posted copies of DTA revised SNAP Brochures and a Senior SNAP insert, both of which are in Spanish and English, on the website. The SNAP brochures include the new gross income test amounts effective in late January.

In follow up to this AM's Food SNAP Coalition meeting, below and attached is the announcement of the Homelessness Safety Net Lobby Day from the Family Economic Initiative:


Homelessness Safety Net Lobby Day

Wednesday, March 2, from 12-3, State House, Room A-1


Under Governor Patrick's proposed budget for FY 2012, over 60% of homeless children and their parents with no other safe place to stay would be denied access to emergency shelter through the state's Emergency Assistance (EA) program.

NEXT meeting of the Food SNAP Coalition: Tuesday March 1st  from 10 to noon.  This will count for the February Coalition meeting. We scheduled it for March 1st  because next week is school vacation week, presenting a conflict for many Coalition members. The Coalition meeting will be at ABCD, 178 Tremont Street, 3rd Floor in Boston.  The regular March meeting will be the last Tuesday in March - March 29th. An agenda will go out under separate email.

There are TWO fiscal year budgets in the news this week:

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:

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.

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: