Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2021 #27
Order Adopted
Feb 8, 2021 5:30 PM

Support for Lifting Our Kids Out of Deep Poverty

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Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Marc C. McGovern, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor E. Denise Simmons
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The Commonwealth offers cash grants to low-income families through Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC), and to disabled or elderly residents through Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children (EAEDC); and

 

 

WHEREAS:

These cash assistance grants are a lifeline for low-income residents, but with a maximum TADC grant of just $652 per month for a family of three, and a maximum EAEDC grant of just $334 per month for an elder or disabled person, these grants are far too low to meet basic needs; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

A historic 10% increase to these cash assistance grants was implemented earlier this year, but Governor Baker’s proposed FY2022 budget would eliminate that increase, even though these benefits are desperately needed during a global pandemic; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

HD.1158 and SD.430, An Act to Lift Kids Out of Deep Poverty would raise the amount granted to families, seniors, and disabled residents through TAFDC and EAEDC by 20% each year until the grant reaches 50% of the federal poverty level; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

These cash assistance grants would then be increased each following year at the rate of inflation; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

These increases would ensure that our vulnerable, low-income residents have the financial support they need to keep afloat, and as many residents are struggling due to the pandemic, these grants could serve as a powerful tool in the Commonwealth’s economic recovery; now therefore be it

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Council go on record supporting HD.1158 and SD.430, An Act to Lift Kids Out of Deep Poverty; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward suitably engrossed copies of this resolution to the Cambridge state delegation on behalf of the entire City Council.

 

Meeting History

Feb 8, 2021 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan