By Paul Tuthill
As the Massachusetts House begins debate today on a proposed $38 billion state budget, advocates for homeless individuals are lobbying for more funding. The major service provider for the homeless in western Massachusetts says it is being shortchanged because the state money is not equitably distributed.
The state budget recommended by the House Ways and Means Committee includes $43.2 million for services to homeless individuals. That is $200,000 more than was budgeted this year. The Coalition for Homeless Individuals, which represents the network of private shelters across the state, is seeking a $5.5 million increase.