Baker-Polito Administration opens first DTA office specifically for seniors

HOLYOKE – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration celebrated the official opening of the Department of Transitional Assistance’s (DTA) Senior Assistance Office in Holyoke, created to better serve older adults accessing benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Across the United States, SNAP serves nearly five million seniors, however only 42% of eligible elderly individuals participate in the program compared to 83% for all eligible individuals, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In Massachusetts, DTA assists over 153,000 individuals over age 60 through SNAP.  Continue reading

Community developers applaud Governor Baker for signing Housing Bond Bill

Leaders from the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations and United Way praised Governor Charlie Baker today for signing the Affordable Housing Bond Bill into law. The legislation, officially known as An Act Financing the Production and Preservation of Housing for Low and Moderate Income Residents, authorizes $1.8 billion in capital funds for the preservation and production of affordable housing, while also extending and expanding several highly successful tax credit programs. Continue reading

Governor Baker signs $1.8 billion affordable housing bill to increase housing production, preserve housing affordability

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act Financing the Production and Preservation of Housing for Low and Moderate Income Residents (H.4536), to ensure long-term support for the Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive efforts to increase the production of affordable housing, diversify the state’s housing portfolio, modernize public housing, preserve the affordability of existing housing and invest in new, innovative solutions to address Massachusetts’ rising demand for housing. Continue reading