MHSA Advocacy Alert – Line Item 7004-0102 Homeless Individuals Assistance – 9C Cuts

MHSA will be asking the leadership of the House and Senate to consider both opposing the 9C cut to 7004-0102 and fully funding this critical resource for homeless adult individuals in Massachusetts. 

We urge you to please contact the individuals below to urge them NOT to cut Line Item 7004-0102:

  • Governor Deval Patrick at (617) 725 – 4005
  • Your State Representative and State Senator
  • Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo at (617) 722-2500, Senate President Therese Murray at (617) 722-1500 and State Representative Charles A. Murphy, Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, at (617) 722-2990 to ask that they and their colleagues at the State House refuse to approve these proposed cuts.

Attached is a fact sheet outlining the history and reasons for this funding. Please use this in your advocacy with the Governor’s office and your local delegation to inform them of how disproportionate and devastating this cut is to our homeless neighbors. We will keep you informed with our efforts as we continue our advocacy on this issue.This line item was funded at $37 million in FY02 and was cut by 18% in FY03. This funding has never been fully restored. The Governor;s 9C cuts that were announced on 10/29/09 will reduce funding in line item 7004-0102 by $2.7 million; again jeopardizing the funding for the programs that have served as the platform for successfully moving homeless individuals toward housing and self sufficiency. We advocate that at this critical moment, as the Commonwealth moves twoard the goal of ending homelessness, we not lose this platform from which solutions arise.

  • Any cuts to this line item will severely impact the housing efforts currently underway.
  • These latest cuts represent 93% of the cuts faced by the Department of Housing and Community Development.
  • Of the 265 line items that were cut under the Governor’s 9C cuts, only 19 were cut more than the Homeless Individuals Assistance line item.
  • A cut in funding at this amount represents the loss of approximately 500 beds to the system.

Recommendation: Restore Funding at $36, 281,684

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