Amendment #595 to H5150

Residential Assistance for Families in Transition

Mr. Honan of Boston moves to amend the bill in section 2, in item 7004-9316, by striking the words:- “provided further, that cash benefits shall not exceed the actual liability or four times the monthly rental or mortgage liability, whichever is less;” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- “provided further, that cash benefits for the upstream arrearage program shall not exceed the actual liability or four times the monthly rental or mortgage liability, whichever is less;”


And further amend said item by inserting after the word “annually” the following words:- “; provided further, there shall be a temporary COVID-19 emergency Eviction Diversion Initiative fund (“EDI fund”) comprised of funds used in the Baker-Polito Administration’s Eviction Diversion Initiative, the COVID-19 Residential Assistance for Families in Transition Response program (“CRR program”), and $30,000,000 from this appropriation to prevent homelessness among those at risk due to pandemic-related economic insecurity; provided further, that for purposes of the temporary EDI fund, the department shall allow a short, simple application requiring minimal processing time; provided further that a household upon demonstrated need, due to COVID-19, of rental arrearage or inability to pay future rent shall be awarded the maximum amount needed, up to $10,000, and future sustainability of the tenancy shall not be used as a factor to determine eligibility for EDI funds; provided further that for the purposes of verifying applicant income, the department shall accept a personal narrative attested under the pains and penalties of law and requirement of paying back funds back any EDI funds expended; provided further, that in COVID-19 related cases the department shall allow EDI funds to secure as many months in arrearages and future months of tenancy as the benefit level will cover, or preserve the tenancy for no more than 8 months from the time of benefit award and hold the arrearages harmless until after the last month of stipends is paid; provided further, that the funds appropriated or funded through federal sources for this item in fiscal year 2021 shall not revert but shall be made available for the purposes of this item in fiscal year 2022.”

Additional co-sponsor(s) added to Amendment #595 to H5150

Residential Assistance for Families in Transition


Lindsay N. Sabadosa

Elizabeth A. Malia

Marcos A. Devers

Tram T. Nguyen

Susannah M. Whipps

James J. O'Day

Adrian C. Madaro

Christine P. Barber

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

Paul W. Mark

Carol A. Doherty

Mindy Domb

Carlos González

Nika C. Elugardo

Bud L. Williams

John J. Mahoney

Tommy Vitolo

José F. Tosado

James Arciero

Colleen M. Garry

Steven Ultrino

James K. Hawkins

Daniel R. Carey

Jonathan Hecht

Daniel Cahill

Peter Capano

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

Jay D. Livingstone

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

Antonio F. D. Cabral

Denise Provost

Michelle M. DuBois

Rady Mom

Paul A. Schmid, III

Mathew J. Muratore

Sean Garballey

Aaron Vega

Joan Meschino

Marjorie C. Decker

Natalie M. Blais

Mary S. Keefe

David M. Rogers

Mike Connolly

Carolyn C. Dykema

Patrick Joseph Kearney

Chynah Tyler

Natalie M. Higgins

Jack Patrick Lewis

Elizabeth A. Poirier

Christopher Hendricks

Jon Santiago

Bruce J. Ayers

Thomas M. Stanley

Josh S. Cutler

Liz Miranda

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

James M. Kelcourse

Danillo A. Sena

Michelle L. Ciccolo

Kathleen R. LaNatra

Kate Lipper-Garabedian

Andres X. Vargas

Kay Khan

David Allen Robertson

Harold P. Naughton, Jr.

Tami L. Gouveia

David Paul Linsky

Linda Dean Campbell

Carmine Lawrence Gentile

Tackey Chan

John H. Rogers

Edward F. Coppinger

William J. Driscoll, Jr.