Please see below from the MA Coalition for the Homeless and take action if you can!
Thank you for your continued support of the passage of the Massachusetts ID Access bill. Today we are coming together to take action to tell House Ways and Means Chair Jeffrey Sánchez and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo that it’s time to pass this bill!
There are three ways you can take action today.
- Contact Chairman Sánchez and Speaker DeLeo to urge them to take action to pass Senate Bill 2568.
- Chairman Sánchez: 617-722-2990
- Speaker DeLeo: 617-722-2500
- A sample letter with room to add your own thoughts can be downloaded here. I have also attached a copy of the letter to this email. Print out two copies to mail to the State House.
- Sign our one-minute online action to Chairman Sánchez and Speaker DeLeo. Then share the link with others.
- Post on social media. One of the best ways to put pressure on our legislators is to show that people in their district and around the state are talking about this bill and want it to be passed.
For longer posts, use the text below as a sample:
In order to complete typical life tasks such as opening a financial account, applying for jobs, and enrolling in education programs, people often need a state-issued ID card. As of right now, not only does it cost $25 for people to get a Mass ID, but there is also a requirement for applicants to prove Massachusetts residency to receive the card. This creates huge barriers to access for people experiencing homelessness in our communities. Senate Bill 2568, An Act to Provide Identification to Homeless Youth and Families, unanimously passed the Senate and is awaiting action by the House. This bill would waive the fee to get an ID card and create a process for people experiencing homelessness to use alternative proof of residency to get an ID. This is critical to giving rights and access to members of our community. Help us call on House Ways and Means Chair @jeffrey_sanchez and House @SpeakerDeLeo to move forward Senate Bill 2568. #EveryoneNeedsID
- Send testimony to myself, Molly Schulman,at firstname.lastname@example.org share why you think it’s important for this bill to be passed. You can use the letter template to help you get started . I will bring your letters to the State House on Monday to make sure your voice is heard!
Once you have taken action, please share feedback by completing this simple feedback form or contacting me.
Thank you again for your continued support of this campaign!
Community Organizer and Legislative Advocate
Pronouns: She, her, and hers
Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless