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Data Current as of:  8/9/2016

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Housing Memorandum of Understanding

SECTION 170.   (a) The interagency council on homelessness and housing established by Executive Order number 492, in consultation with the secretary of housing and economic development, the secretary of health and human services, the secretary of labor and workforce development and the secretary of education, shall develop and execute a memorandum of understanding among the secretariats. The memorandum of understanding shall: (i) address existing programs aimed at preventing homelessness and economic instability; (ii) ensure services and resources are coordinated and best practices are in place to more effectively meet the needs of low-income households, the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless; (iii) require stakeholder input from recipients of services, service providers, advocates and other interested parties; (iv) require quarterly meetings of the secretaries of each executive office; (v) require regular updates and information on programs serving households below 30 per cent of the area median income; and (vi) include the creation of cross-agency teams of staff from each executive office.

(b) Not later than April 1, 2017, and every 6 months thereafter, the cross-agency teams shall submit a report to the clerks of the senate and house of representatives and the chairs of the joint committee on housing. The report shall include an analysis of: (i) the total number of housing units affordable to extremely low-income households needed in the commonwealth and the net increase of units towards that benchmark; (ii) programs administered through each state agency that serve households below 30 per cent of the area median income; (iii) the total dollar amount administered by each agency relative to homelessness prevention, services and activities; (iv) programs that can be supplemented with federal funding; (v) differences and gaps in program eligibility between identified programs and strategies to ensure families receive and maintain services and benefits for which they are eligible; (vi) plans and timelines for coordination across the secretariats to provide access to programs, services and benefits for households with incomes below 30 per cent of the area median income; and (vii) any recommendations for legislative and regulatory changes needed to implement the plan and best practices. The biannual reports shall be posted on a website for the interagency council on homelessness and housing.

Veto Explanation:
I am vetoing this section because the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness is already working on the proposed activities. A cross-agency memorandum of understanding is not needed to continue this work.