Yesterday, the State Legislature continued the process of overriding Governor Baker's vetoes to the FY2018 state budget. Last month, the Massachusetts House of Representatives finished overriding every veto to the FY2018 budget. Since then, the State Senate continues to take up veto overrides sent over by the House.
Here is the status of overrides of CHAPA's FY2018 budget priorities for affordable housing and homelessness prevention programs as of November 14th:
A veto to language in HomeBASE (7004-0108) was also overridden. The language will prevent families from being ineligible for HomeBASE because of a single violation of a self-sufficiency plan.
Unfortunately, vetoes remain for two of our priorities, the Tenancy Preservation Program (7004-3045), which helps persons with disabilities avoid eviction, and New Lease (7004-0106), which helps homeless families find affordable housing. The Governor's vetoes will stand if they are not overridden by the end of the year. With only two weeks of formal sessions left before the Legislature breaks before returning in January 2018, the overrides will need to be taken up soon in order to be restored.
Please contact Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka to ask her to restore funding for the Tenancy Preservation Program and New Lease for Homeless Families.