We are joining with the MA Right to Counsel Coalition to organize around passage of an emergency bill to create a Right to Counsel Pilot Program (SD 2971) that would protect renters and owner-occupants in areas of the state hardest hit by COVID-19, including communities in Western MA.
This particular bill (see factsheet here) is a product of our current crisis as we anticipate a tidal wave of evictions when the moratorium lifts on August 18 (upwards of 15,000 evictions are anticipated immediately upon lifting, and we know Western MA will be no exception). Right to counsel is one critical tool for tenants to preserve their housing.
The good news is that many in our Western MA legislative delegation are quickly agreeing to co-sponsor (thanks to Senators Comerford and Hinds and Reps. Pignatelli and Sabadosa) and we know the numbers will grow, especially if they hear from you!
Send a quick email – find your legislator here – asking them to co-sponsor SD271, Right to Counsel Pilot Program.
Your legislators LOVE to hear from you and your single email, as a constituent AND as an organization if possible, will make a difference!