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Help Provide Short-term Relief to Families and Individuals in Deep Poverty

Wednesday, March 18, 2020  
Posted by: Jamie Klufts
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Help Provide Short-term Relief to Families and Individuals in Deep Poverty

Contact Your State Legislators Today!

 

Please ask your state legislators to co-sponsor HD 4951, Act to Provide Short-term Relief to Families in Deep Poverty, filed on Tuesday by Rep. Marjorie Decker and Sen. Sal DiDomenico.
 
HD 4951 would provide immediate one-time supplemental cash assistance to Massachusetts’ 30,000 families with children who receive Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) benefits and 19,000 elders and persons with disabilities who receive Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) benefits. 

 

Email your legislators now.

 

The disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the poorest families and individuals in our state especially hard. A family who already struggles to pay for toilet paper is even less able to meet the need when family members are home all day and using more than usual. Utility bills are go up when people are home all day as well. SNAP (food assistance) benefits will run out sooner because children are not getting breakfast and lunch at school. Parents with part-time jobs may lose them or be unable to work because their children are not in school.
 
As part of the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must help the very poorest families and individuals in the Commonwealth meet their most basic needs. Once enacted, the short-term benefit can be implemented very quickly because the state already has an electronic system to issue benefits to these families and individuals. 
 
This important temporary relief is an extension of our on-going work to Lift Kids Out of Deep Poverty.
 

Contact your legislators now.

 


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