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Blog Archive for January 2013

This is a reminder of the upcoming Coalition meeting on Tuesday, January 29th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House, 39 Boylston Street in Boston, 6th floor.

The tentative AGENDA  will include:

We have recently learned of an issue regarding possible unauthorized use of recipient EBT cards by a third party (i.e. staff or house managers) at "sober houses" in Massachusetts. A sober house is like a group home or congregate living situation that may serve as transitional housing for childless individuals who have substance abuse histories. Individuals may be referred to these houses by courts or probation officers or move into them after leaving DPH detox or licensed alcohol or drug treatment facilities.

Yesterday the Governor released his proposed fiscal year 2014 budget - which document is referred to as "House 1." MLRI monitors a number of programs and services that affect low income households in the Commonwealth in the areas of housing, shelter, cash assistance programs, nutrition, health care, child care and child welfare.

The Governor yesterday released his budget proposal for next fiscal year. You can see the MLRI preliminary analysis here:

 

USDA just issued the 2013 poverty guidelines, which will be effective tomorrow (1/24/13). The new numbers reflect a 2.1% increase in the consumer price index for urban consumers (CPI-U).  Here's a link to the new HHS tables (100% FPL):  https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2013-01422.pdf

Below is a recent press release from the Food Research Action Center with links to their School Breakfast Report Card and Report on Large School Districts.

As you have probably heard, a very welcome extension of unemployment benefits was included among the provisions of the fiscal cliff bill that Congress passed a few weeks ago. This 2013 extension continues all the rules that were set out in last year's extension.

Attached please find a flyer regarding the up coming Basic Benefit Training session on cash assistance for families and individuals, (TAFDC and EAEDC)  The training will take place on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Mass. Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
10 Winter Place, Boston (Downtown Crossing)

Take the plastic off those holiday gift calendars, upload your new smart phone calendar app!!  The following 2013 Basic Benefits Trainings (BBT) sessions and Boston hunger forum may be just want you need to kick off a new year of advocacy.  Below are the important events, and attached are two fliers with more details and registration information.