FY23 Budget and Legislative Session Wrap-up

The Fiscal Year 2023 State Budget was signed into law in late July and the 2021-2022 Formal Legislative Session concluded on July 31, 2022. Below are highlights relative to our Network housing and homelessness priorities. FY23 State Budget We have good news in multiple areas, especially regarding individual homelessness, including: $110 million for the Homelessness […]

Published in Advocacy on August 9, 2022.

FY23 Conference Committee Budget Released

Good news on many of our funding priorities. Please see the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance’s summary analysis for a breakdown of priorities impacting individual homelessness. You can see outcomes on additional priorities in the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless’ analysis here. Once the budget has passed the House and the Senate, it will be […]

Published in Advocacy on July 20, 2022.

ASAP TODAY: Copy-Paste-SEND on Housing Priorities!

This afternoon, the MA House of Representatives will be debating  the economic development bill (House Bill 5007) which provides a critical opportunity to advance housing and homelessness priorities. Please copy this email below and send to your State Representative NOW (find contact info here) Dear Representative [Name]: I am writing to request your co-sponsorship of the […]

Published in Advocacy on July 13, 2022.

3 actions, 3 bills, the time is NOW: HOMES, Transfer Fee, Regional Transit

Things are MOVING QUICKLY, so take a few minutes right now on our key priorities and let’s get Western MA heard! On HOMES – the Eviction Record Sealing bill:We need your help to contact Representatives in the House to move the HOMES Act out of the House aand to the Senate. Send an email to […]

Published in Advocacy on July 12, 2022.

Action Alert: Push on for Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA)

Please see this action alert below from the TOPA Coalition. This is a key tool to preserve affordable housing (and why it’s a key Network priority). Please join this push! The Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act has been voted out of committee favorably! This is a huge step forward and keeps TOPA in play this session. We are […]

Published in Advocacy on July 8, 2022.

QUICK Last Action to Weigh in on Conference Committee Budget!

Thanks to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, it only takes a quick click to be counted one last time in support of key housing and homelessness funding and policies in the Conference Committee’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget. Let’s do it! Please sign and share this one-minute email action to the conference committee and your […]

Published in Advocacy on June 28, 2022.

Quick Action #4: Last Push on FY23 State Budget!

Our last “quick action” of the week! And it’s such an important one! The clock is ticking on finalizing the FY23 State Budget. Right now, the proposed budget is in Conference Committee where the differences between the House and Senate budgets are being negotiated. Here’s the good news: the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless has […]

Published in Advocacy on June 16, 2022.

Quick Action #3: the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA)

Thanks to the TOPA Coalition for these easy-to-do action steps! The Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act is a critical tool to keep tenants in their homes and prevent displacement. TOPA preserves naturally occurring affordable housing and stabilizes the market by supporting non-speculative, occupied ownership. Take three actions to pass TOPA: Sign the petition. Call or […]

Published in Advocacy on June 16, 2022.

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