welfare http://wamc.org en Berkshire Lawmakers Undertake SNAP Challenge http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-lawmakers-undertake-snap-challenge <p></p><p>Massachusetts lawmakers in the Berkshires are the latest politicians participating in a national anti-hunger campaign to raise awareness about what people on the Federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program face.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:20:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 68919 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Lawmakers Undertake SNAP Challenge Top Welfare Official To Live On Food Stamp Budget http://wamc.org/post/top-welfare-official-live-food-stamp-budget <p>The man in charge of administering much of the social services system in Massachusetts is trying to live for a week on a food budget equal to what is provided by a federal assistance program.&nbsp; It is part of a national campaign by anti-hunger groups to highlight the importance of the program at a time when it is threatened with deep cuts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:15:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 67030 at http://wamc.org Top Welfare Official To Live On Food Stamp Budget Mass. Interim Commissioner of Department of Transitional Assistance Hears Concerns from Berkshires http://wamc.org/post/mass-interim-commissioner-department-transitional-assistance-hears-concerns-berkshires <p></p><p>Massachusetts Interim Commissioner of the state Department of Transitional Assistance visited Pittsfield last night as part of a statewide campaign seeking public input on how to improve integrity and client services in the Commonwealth.</p><p></p><p></p><p>DTA Interim Commissioner Stacey Monahan stopped in Pittsfield Wednesday evening as just one several stops she is making soliciting comments from community members across the state. At the end of the multi-city tour, a report with all the information will be submitted to the legislature and Governor’s office for consideration.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:38:38 +0000 Lucas Willard 60947 at http://wamc.org Mass. Interim Commissioner of Department of Transitional Assistance Hears Concerns from Berkshires Mass. Interim Commissioner of Department of Transitional Assistance to Hear Comments in Pittsfield http://wamc.org/post/mass-interim-commissioner-department-transitional-assistance-hear-comments-pittsfield <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:black">In the wake of a report released earlier this year by the Massachusetts Inspector General suggesting that $25 million may be wasted in the welfare system annually, and following the resignation of former Commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance Daniel Curley, recently-appointed Interim Commissioner Stacey Monahan is touring the Bay State holding a series of listening sessions to hear feedback and suggestions from the public on how to improve the DTA system. </span></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:07:53 +0000 Lucas Willard 60832 at http://wamc.org Mass. Inspector General Reveals Up To $25M in Welfare Fraud http://wamc.org/post/mass-inspector-general-reveals-25m-welfare-fraud <p></p><p>A recent report released by the Inspector General of Massachusetts claims that the state’s welfare system could be paying out up to $25 million in fraudulent benefits.</p><p></p><p>A document released this week by state Inspector General Glenn Cunha studied eligibility information from those benefitting from the state and federally funded Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. The cash assistance program is overseen by the state Department of Transitional Assistance.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:30:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 56951 at http://wamc.org Mass. Inspector General Reveals Up To $25M in Welfare Fraud Anti-poverty Activists Urge Reversal Of Budget Cuts http://wamc.org/post/anti-poverty-activists-urge-reversal-budget-cuts <p><font size="2">&nbsp; As the Massachusetts House is set to begin debate today on a proposed $32 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July, anti poverty activists are decrying proposals they claim will erode the social safety net.&nbsp; WAMC&#39;S Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.<br /> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:25:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 37381 at http://wamc.org Anti-poverty Activists Urge Reversal Of Budget Cuts