My name is Bill Knowlton and I live in Belmont. I have worked with homeless individuals for over 15 yrs. I want to request your help as my elected Representative to have Governor Patrick rethink and rescind the budget reduction to 7004-0102. This item targeted for homeless unaccompanied adult men and women is money that goes toward helping the most vulnerable segment of our population. The cut equaled 7.4% of the total. Only 19 out of 265 line items faced deeper cuts. If the cuts are introduced in 1/1/10 we will be faced with a staggering 15% reduction in operating budgets. This comes after many years of level funding.
I choose to work in this field and understand the reason I haven’t gotten a raise in 2 years and that financial uncertainty is part of my life but I have a home to go to at night. This cut will mean more homeless on the streets this winter and all that will entail