House Ways & Means Releases Budget Proposal for FY2023
April 14, 2022
Senior Policy Advocate
Director of Public Policy
On April 13, the House Committee on Ways and Means (HWM) released its FY2023 state budget proposal. The budget would provide increased funding for many of CHAPA’s affordable housing priorities, including the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, the Alternative Housing Voucher Program, Public Housing, RAFT, and HomeBASE. The Massachusetts House will debate its budget proposal in the last week of April.
Mass. Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) - HWM funds MRVP at $150 million along with language to carry forward $21.9 million in unspent funds from FY22 bringing the MRVP total allocation at $171.9 million
Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) - HWM funds RAFT at $140 million ($60 million over the Governor's proposal). This is critical given that the federal funding for rental assistance has almost ended. The increased allocation is in addition to the $100 million allocated for RAFT through the FY2022 Supplemental budget. The Housing Consumer Education Center line item has also received an increased allocation of $9.7 million with $1.5 million dedicated to housing stabilization through the Eviction Diversion initiative.
Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP) - HWM allocated $13.6 million along with language to carry forward $5.6 million in unspent funds from FY22 bringing the AHVP total allocation to $19.2 million
Public Housing - HWM proposes increased funding for Public Housing Operating line item at $92 million
HomeBASE - HWM allocates increased funding of $59.4 million for HomeBASE with automatic renewal of benefits up to 2 years.