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Blog Archive for November 2012

The Patrick Administration has just announced the dates for the FY2014 Budget hearings in Boston and Northampton.  The amount of time allocated by EOHHS for the public to testify in each hour block is surprisingly short. Folks are encouraged to get there early if they want to try to testify in person.  Testimony can also be emailed to EOHHS at the following email address: HUeohhshearings@massmail.state.ma.us  

Unless Congress acts to continue federal extended Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, those benefits will expire on . In Massachusetts, 45,000 households are now receiving federal extended UI

Many Coalition members work with low income homeless families with children who not only lack adequate food, but also lack a safe roof over their heads and have no place to cook or store their food!  Please see the action alert from our friends at Rosie's Place, and mark your calendars for 12/12/12 at 12:00.  

1.  Boston Food SNAP COALITION meeting - tomorrow, Nov 27th:

The Department of Transitional Assistance recently requested USDA permission to extend the deadline for replacement of SNAP benefits for households that lost or had to throw away food as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

At the October 23, 2012 Coalition meeting, we discussed problems with excess verification demands. Attached is a sample Fax/Scan Cover Sheet that helping community organizations may find helpful when sending DTA copies of client verifications for web and paper SNAP applications. 

Below is an email from DTA regarding an extended time frame for households to claim SNAP replacement benefits for food lost due to power outages and flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy. SNAP households have untilNovember 28th to claim benefits. We are grateful the Department pursued the time extension. Some states including RI and CT are providing automatic mass replacement of a portion SNAP benefits.

We have just heard from some local food pantries that clients are seeking food due to the power outages and flooding from Hurricane Sandy.  This is a reminder that SNAP recipients who lost food purchased with SNAP benefits can request SNAP replacement benefits, even if power has since been restored.

Here's what you should know:

Sorry for the delay in getting this information to you.  

On MONDAY, November 5th, the Disability Law Center will be presenting on the basics of Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. This is the 3rd session in the MLRI-MCLE Annual Basic Benefits Training Series. 

In a recent Metro Daily News guest columnist article, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern eloquently and passionately defended SNAP benefits. PLEASE consider adding your voice in support of this article by responding, calmly and factually, to some of the readers who are invested in bashing both the poor and SNAP.