An invitation from the MA Coalition for the Homeless (everyone is welcome!):

Please join the Coalition, Representative Jim O’Day, Representative Kay Khan, Representative Kevin Honan, families experiencing homelessness, advocates, and providers this Thursday, July 9th from 12:30-2 p.m. for an important online legislative briefing and discussion on family homelessness during and after COVID-19.
RSVP here to receive the link to join in:
Speakers will include:

  • Representative Jim O’Day
  • Representative Kay Khan
  • Representative Kevin Honan
  • Families with lived experiences of homelessness
  • Liz Alfred, Central West Justice Center
  • Etel Haxhiaj, Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance
  • Stephanie Herron Rice, Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts
  • Max Hurwitz, Greater Boston Legal Services
  • Laura Massie, Greater Boston Legal Services
  • Andrea Park, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
  • Marwa Sayed, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
  • Tim Scalona, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless/former Emergency Assistance program participant/UMass Amherst graduate student
  • Dr. Amanda Stewart, Boston-area pediatric emergency department physician
  • Kelly Turley, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
  • Filipe Zamborlini, Rosie’s Place


  • Welcome and introduction
  • The status of the right to shelter for families with children, the Emergency Assistance family shelter program, and how the current response to family homelessness is not meeting the needs of families
  • Opportunities to fix the system and promote racial and housing justice
  • State budget and bill requests plus federal funding opportunities
  • Looking ahead and a case study from Scotland
  • Questions and answers
  • Conclusion

** Please encourage your State Representative and Senator to participate. You can find out their contact information via Please also share our Facebook event for the briefing.**
We hope you will be able to join us online on Thursday.

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