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Budget Summary FY2018

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70040102 - Homeless Individuals Assistance
Data Current as of:  7/20/2017

Account Description FY2017
7004-0102 Homeless Individuals Assistance
For the homelessness program to assist individuals who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, including assistance to organizations which provide shelter, transitional housing and services that help individuals avoid entry into shelters or who successfully exit shelters; provided, that no organization providing services to the homeless shall receive less than an average per bed, per night rate of $25; provided further, that the department may allocate funds to other agencies for the program; provided further, that no funds shall be expended for costs associated with the homeless management information system; provided further, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than quarterly beginning October 2, 2017 on the contracts awarded to service providers; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to: (i) each contracted service providers; (ii) the amount of said contracts; (iii) a description of the services to be provided; and (iv) the date upon which each contract was executed; provided further, that programs that currently provide shelter may renegotiate how to use such program's shelter fund, with the agreement of the department and the host municipality, to provide alternative services proven to be effective, including housing first models, transitional housing and diversion away from shelters; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for the United Way of Pioneer Valley on behalf of the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness to facilitate regional coordination and implement Western Massachusetts Opening Doors: An Action Framework to Prevent and End Homelessness; provided further, that no less than $60,000 shall be expended for the basic needs programs for the Friendly House in Worcester; provided further, that $40,000 shall be expended for the Quinsigamond Community Village Center in Worcester; provided further, that not less than $65,000 shall be expended for Emmaus, Inc. of Haverhill; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for a pilot program in the city of Gloucester, operated by the Grace Center, Inc., to provide and coordinate services for the homeless during those hours when shelter occupancy is not available; and provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended to the Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority to coordinate homeless shelters and safety net services in Berkshire county

45,123,272 45,240,000

Veto Explanation:   I am reducing this item because it is not consistent with my House 1 recommendation. I am also striking language which earmarks funding for programs not recommended. The reduction in the item incorporates the amount of the stricken earmarked funds.