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Blog Archive for January 2012

At the recent Coalition meeting we discussed some SNAP application verifications. Members reported at the meeting, and in emails to MLRI, that "verification checklists" sometimes asking the SNAP applicants for documents that are not required at all, where the information can be self-declared, or where the SNAP worker verify the information directly though government sources.  And, yes, we also see verification checklists (a.k.a. VC-1) asking clients for documents previously faxed or mailed (an ongoing problem that still needs close monitoring).

Yesterday, January 25, 2012, Governor Patrick released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 (FY 13), which is referred to as House 2. The following link is to MLRI's preliminary analysis of of selected Housing and Homelessness, Cash and Nutrition Assistance, Health, Child Welfare, and Child Care Items in House 2. http://www.masslegalservices.org/content/governors-fy-2013-budget-proposal-mlris-preliminary-analysis-selected-issues

We just received the attached email from the DTA Commissioners Office.  The cash assistance and employment support line items are basically level funded with FY2012.  The Governor also fully funds the critical TAFDC clothing allowance, which is terrific (this was initially not funded at the start of FY2012), and transportation assistance. 

This is a reminder that the Food SNAP Coalition is TOMORROW, Tuesday, January 24th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House, 39 Boylston Street, Boston, 6th Floor. 

The Coalition agenda will include:

This is a reminder that the Food SNAP Coalition is on Tuesday, January 24th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House, 39 Boylston Street, Boston, 6th Floor.

The Coalition agenda will include:

1.  Welcome to DTA Commissioner Dan Curley
2.  Farm Bill 2012 Priorities, the President's Budget and Next Steps in Protecting SNAP  (see also Farm Bill Teach In - below!!)
3.  State FY2013 budget (the Governor's House 1 budget will be released next week!!) and report from local groups re meetings on the state budget

You may recently have seen or heard about a DTA policy memo instructing staff to close benefits of SNAP households that have a long pattern (more than 90 days) of use of their EBT card for out-of-state food purchases and cannot verify their MA residence. Here's a link to the recent DTA Operations Memo 2011-60, available on MLS: http://www.masslegalservices.org/content/ops-memo-2011-60-snap-out-state-accessing-snap-benefits 

January 24th Food SNAP Coalition Meeting:

We've received a number of inquiries about how to calculate SNAP benefits for households that contain a foster child or person who is being cared for under the Adult Foster Care program.**  There are special federal and state SNAP rules that allow households to EXCLUDE the foster child or foster adult from the SNAP household and, in doing so, receive HIGHER SNAP benefits for the remaining household members.  Here's the skinny.

I.  SNAP and Families Caring for Foster Children:

This is the bargain of the century!!  We have THREE great trainings coming up - on Jan 18th and Feb 1st!  For a mere $25.00 per session, you can attend these advocacy chock-filled trainings and learn all you need to know do help your clients access these benefits!  Further, if you register for the Feb 1st SNAP/food stamps training, you can attend the Veterans Benefits training for FREE in the afternoon (no additional $25 fee!):

January 18th (Wed):  Cash Assistance for Massachusetts Families & Individuals - TAFDC and EAEDC: 

MA Delegation 100% on Letter to Protect SNAP: