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Blog Archive for January 2011

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

TO: Food SNAP Coalition Members

FR: Pat Baker

Many Food SNAP Coalition members are closely monitoring the FY2012 budget to ensure adequate funding for DTA programs and services including cash assistance programs (TAFDC, EAEDC), employment and training, and DTA admin funding for front line SNAP staff. Members also monitor the budget for emergency food funding (MEFAP), emergency shelter, housing, health care and other key programs and services.

The next Food SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, January 25th from 10 to Noon. The Coalition meeting will be held at ABCD on 178 Tremont Street, 3rd Floor (this is a change from our usual location). ABCD is right across the street from the Boylston Street T stop (green line) and right around the corner from the Chinatown T stop (orange line).

USDA Regional is currently undertaking evaluation of DTA case handling practices in various local offices. This is called a "Program Access Review" and is done periodically by FNS to look at how well a state serves low income clients. I have been in contact with a number of Coalition members but am also casting the net to all.

As 2011 gears up, there are a number of newsworthy items to keep track of: