Please see the action alert below from the Mass. Coalition for the Homeless. Governor Baker has vetoed the long-sought funding for housing and support services for unaccompanied homeless youth, as well as the recommended additional funding for MRVPs.
Please contact your legislators to ask them to override these vetoes. Let’s get our Western MA voices heard!
From the MA Coalition for the Homeless:
Disappointingly, among those vetoes were the $2 million for housing and services for unaccompanied youth in a brand new line item, 4000-0007, as well as $3 million of the recommended funding of $90.9 million for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP). While the overall budget includes much for which to be grateful, we cannot rest while these vetoes stand– because people without homes cannot safely rest!
As early as next week, the Legislature will take up veto overrides to restore some of the funding and language to the final budget. In order to do this, both the House and Senate must vote with a two-thirds majority to override a veto. Help us ensure that youth without homes do not lose their chance to access much-needed housing and services, and that the MRVP program has as much funding as possible to provide housing to families, youth, and adults who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity! Please pick up the phone today to call your State Representative and State Senator.
Legislators can be reached via the State House switchboard (617-722-2000
) or directly through the links listed here
Help us keep hope and progress alive!