Connect with us


All four Fall River state reps vote against one-year residency requirement to receive Right to Shelter benefits



Late last week, Fall River State Representatives Alan Silvia (D), Carole Fiola (D), Patricia Haddad (D) and Paul Schmid III (D) voted against an amendment that would have required people prove they have lived in Massachusetts for at least a year before receiving benefits under the state’s Right to Shelter Law. On a mostly party vote, the amendment was rejected 28-128.

Currently, the Right to Shelter Law in Massachusetts guarantees shelter for homeless parents with young children and pregnant women which has included newly arrived migrant families. The Shelter Law doesn’t provide shelter for homeless individuals without children. Earlier this month, Governor Healey announced that the emergency shelter system is full and can’t take any more families. This means Massachusetts families go on a waitlist even as temperatures drop to dangerous levels. Due to Massachusetts receiving twice as many migrants as last year the cost to house people in the emergency shelter system has spiked to $40 million a month and the state legislators just approved another $250 million to keep the system operational through the winter.

Newly arrived migrants, many in the country illegally, now received health care, housing and soon food benefits under SNAP program. Yesterday, Governor Healey announced that her adiminstation has gotten 1,200 migrants work authorization permits.



  1. HunterGotRunOverByaReindeer

    November 20, 2023 at 5:32 pm

    Not a suprise. These representatives are no here to serve citizens but instead to serve special interests. If this is not a reason to vote them all out, what is?

  2. J. Cardoza

    November 20, 2023 at 11:49 pm

    Why don’t these idiots take some of the homeless into their homes. Idiots ! It’s only fair to prove that you have been a legal resident for a period of time because n order to claim free benefits

  3. RedPilled

    November 21, 2023 at 6:20 am

    So how much is Fiola’s real estate pals making from her decision ?? And much they kicking back to her ?! Hmmm

  4. Vote them all out

    November 21, 2023 at 9:22 am


  5. DongHa

    November 21, 2023 at 3:48 pm

    cannot wait to see Silvia and Fioia and confront them personally on this issue. All we ever hear is how they are here for us and then they throw this crap at us. They must be getting something out of this. The law was set up to help Mass. residents in need not just anybody who comes here legally or not.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Copyright © 2017 Fall River Reporter