Preserve the Safety Net

Another day, another volley in the relentless assault on the poor. Welfare reform comes to the House in October.  Read more about what was wrong with the Senate bill and what we want to see in the House.

Today, more than 800,000 residents of Massachusetts, primarily children, disabled people and seniors, receive public assistance of some kind. They struggle to make ends meet. Thousands more who are eligible for benefits do not even apply -- out of lack of knowledge about the programs, fear of being stigmatized or difficulty in accessing these benefits they need.

A fair and effective government:

  • Provides for all its people and makes it straightforward for them to secure the benefits to which they are legally entitled.
  • Provides the tools and training people need to improve their circumstances and build a better, more secure life for themselves and their families.
  • Provides adequate funding for skills training and transportation in the budget.
  • Respects the dignity of those in need; rather than questioning their integrity in the absence of concrete evidence of widespread fraud and abuse.
  • Funds the agencies that are working diligently to serve the people who need this transitional assistance.

Sign Our Petition Now

Tell the House of Representatives to support real reform which includes education, training and help with transportation. Reform that lifts people out of poverty.

Tell them not to create more stigma or put more road blocks in the way of people who need assistance.

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