Note: I know most of us are many miles from Boston, and yet…maybe you’re able to make it or maybe you’ve got friends, co-workers, family members in and around Boston who would want to show up. Please pass it on!
Who: Families, advocates, providers, community leaders, faith community members, and more
What: Vigil to call on state leaders to establish overflow shelter sites for families on the waiting list for longer-term shelter placements
When: Monday, November 20, 4–5 p.m.
Where: In front of the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133, across from the Boston Common
Please share this invitation with others: https://tinyurl.com/11-20-vigil
Organized by the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and allied organizations.
Can’t Make it to the State House on Monday? Please call your State Rep and Senator!
Please join us in calling or emailing your State Representative and Senator on Monday to ask them to ensure that the supplemental budget is finalized quickly and that it includes language to ensure that the state provides overflow shelter spaces to all children and families deemed eligible for Emergency Assistance but who are put on a waiting list.
- Sample script: “Hello, my name is [your name] and I live in [your city/town]. Please do all you can to make sure that the supplemental budget is passed as swiftly as possible and that it includes language to ensure that the state provides overflow shelter spaces to all children and families deemed eligible for Emergency Assistance but who are put on a waiting list. I am very worried about the children and families who are being put on the waiting list who have no safe place to sleep. Thank you!”
- How to contact your legislators: Unsure who your State Representative and State Senator are? Find them by entering your address or the address where you are staying here: www.wheredoivotema.com or by calling the State House switchboard at 617-722-2000.
- Learn more here: www.tinyurl.com/right-to-shelter