We need YOUR voice now! Please call or email your State Senator TODAY (or tonight or tomorrow morning!) and ask them to support Amendment #12 to the pending FY23 supplemental budget, which would extend Chapter 257 eviction protections to July 31, 2024. 

  1. Find your State Senator and their contact information here.  
  2. Call or email your State Senator and ask them to cosponsor Amendment #12, Extending Chapter 257 Protections, to the supplemental budget. While calls have the most impact (phone script attached below), emails are great too (click here to use Lynn United for Change’s click-to-email tool)! 

Phone script here:

Hi, my name is __________. I live/work in Senator  _________’s district. May I speak to Senator __________ or their staff?

I am calling today to ask that you support Amendment 12 in the supplemental budget and extend the “chapter 257” law that protects tenants from being evicted while they are waiting RAFT rent assistance. This law is set to expire on March 31. Please extend this protection now to stop unnecessary evictions. Thank you for your support.

Background: On Monday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee released its redraft (S 23) of a supplemental budget Governor Healey filed last month and have scheduled it for a vote tomorrow, 3/9. We have a critical window during this supplemental budget process to extend Chapter 257 protections, which requires courts to pause eviction cases when rental assistance is pending. But this critical eviction protection is set to expire on March 31st putting many tenants at risk of eviction – even when rental assistance could resolve their cases. 

Act NOW, tonight or tomorrow morning! Spread the word to your networks! Let’s be heard!

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