Calls needed TODAY to support education and training in welfare reform!

SkillWorks and its partners, the Workforce Solutions Group and Crittenton Women’s Union, are urging advocates to call in support of education and training elements in the welfare reform bill (S1086/H3756).

The Conference Committee for the welfare reform bill (S1086/H3756) is currently working to consolidate the house and senate versions of welfare reform. They are moving fast so it is imperative that we take action NOW.

Please call your state representative and state senator TODAY and ask them to weigh in with their respective conference committee chairs, Dempsey (House) or Vice Chairwoman Flanagan (Senate), and urge the following:

  • Disability ‒ DoNot adopt the House or Senate provisions that would authorize future Dept. of Transitional Assistance Commissioners to eliminate the state standard for disability in the TAFDC program.  Benefits for approximately 4,500 families are at stake and many more in the future.
  • Applicant Job Search ‒  DoNot adopt job search requirements for applicants for TAFDC, which the House improved, but did not provide child care or transportation.
  • Denial of Benefits for not Achieving GoalsAdopt the House provision relating to Economic Independence Goals. The House conveys this as a criterion for 24 month time limit extensions
  • Education and Training Funding – Allocate $11M for education and training and supports such as employability assessments and transportation. These activities help recipients prepare for and maintain work.
  • Education and TrainingAdopt the House provisions allowing education and training for TAFDC recipients for up to 24 months.
  • Noncitizen Housing Bar ‒ Do Not adopt the House or Senate provision restricting noncitizens eligibility for state subsidized housing, which targets many legally present immigrants, such as domestic violence survivors, asylum applicants, and Haitian earthquake survivors, as well as many citizen children; and would further increase the Commonwealth’s family homelessness crisis.

You can find your state representative and state senator here.

Thanks, as always, for your support and advocacy!

Read more about self-sufficiency elements in the bill.


Author: SkillWorks

SkillWorks is a nationally recognized workforce funder collaborative, launched by the Boston Foundation in 2003 to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of: 1) Helping low-skill, low-income individuals attain family-supporting jobs; and 2) Helping employers find and retain skilled employees.

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