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Baker embraces housing program that requires work or studies

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - The Boston Globe

WORCESTER — Charlie Baker, a Republican who has made welfare reform a central issue in his campaign for governor, promoted a controversial program Tuesday that limits how long residents can remain in public housing if they are not working or enrolled in school. Under the program, called A Better Life, residents in Worcester public housing face eviction after three years if they or another adult in their household is not employed or enrolled in school full-time. Residents over 55 and those with a disability are exempt. Read more...

Charlie Baker to come to Worcester to support work rule for public housing tenants

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette

WORCESTER — Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles D. Baker Jr. will visit the Worcester Housing Authority Tuesday morning to voice his support for the agency's plan to limit how long tenants can stay in public housing and to require them to work or go to school. Read more...

Baker supports Worcester's time limit plan for public housing

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - MassLive

WORCESTER – Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker told Worcester Housing Authority officials that he’ll be an advocate for their plan to implement time limits for public housing based on a requirement that residents either work or go to school, but stopped shy of saying he supported expanding the plan statewide. The Worcester Housing Authority sought to expand their “A Better Life” program, which provides assistance to public housing residents to help them become self-sufficient, by requiring all residents participate or their time in public housing would be limited. Read more...

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