SECTION 1. Section 1 of chapter 117A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:- Any person experiencing homelessness, (i) who has no established place of abode, or who lives in a temporary emergency shelter, and (ii) who is otherwise eligible under the provisions of this chapter, shall receive the same payment rate as recipients who incur shelter costs including, but not limited to rent or a mortgage. The department shall promulgate or revise any such rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this section.
SECTION 2. Chapter 117A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 10 the following three sections:- Section 11. Effective July first of every year the department shall increase the total budget of each eligible recipient, before taking into consideration any available income and resources, by a percentage amount equal to the percentage rise in the United States Consumer Price Index for January first of that year over the level of said index for January first of the previous year plus such additional percentage amount as is recommended annually by the department and appropriated by the general court. The department shall promulgate such rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this section.
Section 12. The combined countable assets of an assistance unit may not exceed $2,500 for assistance units consisting of one person and $5,000 for assistance units consisting of two or more people. In determining countable assets, the department shall exclude the fair market value of one vehicle;
Section 13. The department shall set the maximum benefit for the program in this chapter at the same level as the program in chapter 118 of the General Laws. The department shall promulgate such rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this section.
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