Outside Section 142, from FY 10 state budget - St. 2009, c. 37
SECTION 142. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, applications for assistance from the emergency housing program established in section 30 of chapter 23B of the General Laws shall be taken and processed at offices of the department of transitional assistance until the department of housing and community development develops an operational plan ensuring that convenient access to emergency housing assistance will not be impaired by any alternative arrangement. The department of housing and community development shall provide the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, the joint committee on housing and the house and senate committees on ways and means with 180 days advance notice of any proposal to stop making emergency housing assistance accessible in offices of the department of transitional assistance. The department of housing and community development shall provide said committees with a copy of the operational plan and, in cooperation with the department of transitional assistance, an analysis of the impact of such plan on the ability of homeless and at-risk families to conveniently access emergency housing assistance, food stamps and cash assistance. Nothing in this section shall prevent the department from making emergency housing assistance available at locations in addition to offices of the department of transitional assistance.
(The full budget document is posted here: http://budget.digital.mass.gov/bb/gaa/fy2009/app_09/ga_09/hdefault.htm)