SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law or any rule or regulation to the contrary Chapter 23B of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 30B the following new section:
Section 30BB: Any participant in the Department of Housing and Community Development’s emergency housing program shall be eligible for said program if such participant constitutes a resident of the Commonwealth, as defined in section 1 of chapter 176J of the General Laws, for not less than six months prior to the Department of Housing and Community Development placing said participant in a hotel or motel for emergency housing purposes.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding any general or special law or any rule or regulation to the contrary Chapter 23B of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 30BB the following new section:
Section 30BB1/2: In the event that the unemployment rate of the Commonwealth, as reported monthly by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, is less than or equal to six percent, the Department of Housing and Community Development shall suspend its placement of participants in hotels and motels pursuant to its emergency housing program; provided, however, in the event that said unemployment rate exceeds six percent, said program shall continue.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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