January 15, 1994 |
Gov. William F. Weld introduced dramatic welfare-reform legislation to eliminate traditional cash grants for able-bodied recipients, using the money instead to pay for day care, health care and child support for recipients who would then be expected to go to work. Those newly applying for welfare would have 90 days to find a job while receiving assistance, after which they would be required to perform community service or forfeit their cash benefits.
January 6, 1987
Massachusetts launched a $240,000 program of services to help enable AIDS patients to live out their final days at home. Gov. Michael S. Dukakis said the plan "may well be the first program of its kind in the nation." Grants of $30,000 for the rest of the fiscal year will go to eight agencies in areas with a high incidence of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. The grants will be increased to $50,000 in the fiscal year that begins July 1.
December 30, 1989 |
Officials in Boston said they plan to open New England's first shelter for homeless veterans on Jan. 8, offering 100 beds, plus counseling on drug and alcohol abuse, housing, job searches and veterans' benefits. The shelter plans also to offer workshops on Vietnam's history to help veterans understand their involvement in the war. About 1,200 veterans in Boston are homeless, and about 30% of America's homeless are veterans, said Ken Smith, founder of the shelter.
February 11, 1995 |
Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld on Friday signed into law one of the most sweeping welfare reform bills in the nation, cutting benefits and forcing some recipients to go back to work. "This is not a political victory for anybody so much as it is a triumph for families and children who have been trapped on welfare. That's what it's all about," Weld, who is considering running for President in 1996, said shortly after the signing.
January 31, 1999 |
In a city noted for compassion toward the homeless, the deaths came as an affront. "How could it happen here?" anguished Erik Payne Butler, president of New England's largest homeless program, the Pine Street Inn, after six homeless people froze to death in the space of a few uncommonly mild weeks. The deaths in November and December of five men and a woman served as a reminder that here and across the country, the homeless population is both increasing and changing. The mayor's annual Dec.
August 19, 1987 |
The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that welfare families must get enough money to allow them to remain in their own homes, a decision the state says could cost $780 million a year. The ruling was hailed by welfare activists who say Massachusetts benefits are 40% below the federal poverty line. The decision came in a suit filed by the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and the Massachusetts Coalition for Basic Human Needs.