|7004-0099||Dept of Housing and Community Development Admin
For the operation of the department of housing and community development; provided, that the department may make expenditures against federal grants for certain direct and indirect costs under a cost overhead allocation plan approved by the comptroller; provided further, that the comptroller shall maintain an account on the state accounting and reporting system to make these expenditures; provided further, that expenditures made against the account shall not be subject to appropriation and may include the cost of personnel; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department may conduct annual verifications of household income levels based upon state tax returns to administer the state and federal housing subsidy programs funded by items 7004-0108, 7004-9005, 7004-9024, 7004-9030, 7004-9033 and 7004-9316 of this section and items 7004-9009, 7004-9014, 7004-9019 and 7004-9020 of section 2D; provided further, that as a condition of eligibility or continued occupancy by an applicant or tenant, the department may require disclosure of the social security numbers of the applicant or tenant and members of the applicant's or tenant's household solely for use in verification of income eligibility; provided further, that the department may deny or terminate participation in subsidy programs for failure by an applicant or tenant to provide a social security number for use in verification of income eligibility; provided further, that the department may consult with the department of revenue, the department of transitional assistance or any other state or federal agency to conduct this income verification; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, these state agencies shall consult and cooperate with the department and furnish any information in the possession of the agencies including, but not limited to, tax returns and applications for public assistance or financial aid; provided further, that in conducting income verifications, the director of housing and community development may enter into an interdepartmental service agreement with the commissioner of revenue to utilize the department of revenue's wage reporting and bank match system to verify the income and eligibility of participants in federally-assisted housing programs and that of members of the participants' households; provided further, that notwithstanding section 12 of chapter 490 of the acts of 1980, the department may authorize neighborhood housing services corporations to retain, reassign and reloan funds received in repayment of loans made under the neighborhood housing services rehabilitation program; provided further, that not later than September 1, 2018 the department shall promulgate and uniformly enforce regulations clarifying that a household that otherwise qualifies for any preference or priority for state-subsidized housing based on homeless or at-risk status shall retain that preference or priority notwithstanding receipt of assistance that is intended to be temporary including, but not limited to, any temporary or bridge subsidies provided with state or federal funds which shall include households receiving assistance under item 7004-0108 after July 1, 2013; provided further, that the department shall operate local offices in the 10 cities and towns in which the department maintained office locations as of January 1, 2018 in order to continue to accept in-person applications and provide other services related to the emergency assistance housing program funded by item 7004-0101; provided further, that such offices shall have sufficient staffing to determine eligibility promptly and provide other program services to families; provided further, that the department may operate additional local offices in other cities or towns that are geographically convenient to those families who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness; provided further, that not later than September 1, 2018, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committee on ways and means which shall include a spending and operational plan for maintaining in-person offices and detailing any plans the department may have to make greater use of telephonic service delivery to augment in-person services; provided further, that at least annually, the department shall conduct staff trainings which shall include, but not be limited to, notice of changes in laws related to items of appropriation under the administration of the department of housing and community development; provided further, that the department shall provide the caseload forecasting office with enrollment data and any other information pertinent to caseload forecasting that is requested by the office on a monthly basis; provided further, that such information shall be provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal and state privacy and security requirements; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to Grace Center, Inc. for a pilot program to provide and coordinate services for the homeless during those hours when shelter occupancy is not available in the city of Gloucester; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the study, design, purchase and installation of electrical generators at 2 properties within the town of Foxborough managed by the Foxborough Housing Authority; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be allocated to the town of Randolph to be expended on a service coordinator for Randolph THRIVE; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Marlborough Community Development Authority for the senior public housing development located at 29 Pleasant street in the town of Marlborough; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for The South Shore Community Action Council, Inc., as fiscal agent for the Greater Plymouth Area Social Responsibility Consortium for a pilot transportation program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Community Day Center of Waltham, Inc. to support patient safety and security; provided further, that not less than $46,790 shall be expended for W.A.T.C.H., INC. for its housing advocacy clinic; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the town of Holbrook for a community action grant; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended to the Rockland Housing Authority for maintenance and repairs; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to Housing Families, Inc., in the city of Malden to provide educational support programming to homeless children through the GREAT youth and families program; provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended for Craig's Doors - A Home Association, Inc. in the town of Amherst; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the Revitalize Community Development Corporation in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the operation of the Springfield Housing Authority's Talk/Read/Succeed! Program; and provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc
Veto Explanation: I am striking language not consistent with my House 2 recommendation and language which earmarks funding for programs not recommended. The reduction in the item incorporates the amount of the stricken earmarked funds.