Please sign on as individuals to urge our Legislative Leadership and the Courts to extend the eviction protections that will expire on March 31. Thanks to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless for this new tool we can all use quickly – and then spread it around!
Also, special thanks to our Western MA organizations that signed on to the organization letter last week urging the same. Our region accounted for close to 18% of all the organizational signers of the advocacy letter to legislative leaders and the courts to extend the eviction protections (21 out of 118). Go Western MA!
Now let’s keep it up with this individual action step. Please sign and please pass it on!
Background: Currently, many tenants facing eviction are protected under a law known as Chapter 257, which requires a delay in the eviction process if there is a pending rental assistance application. In addition, the judge cannot issue a judgment or an eviction execution before the application is approved or denied.
This eviction protection is set to expire on March 31. We know that the number of families and individuals experiencing homelessness in our region (and across the state) is rising. We know that over 150 families are seeking rental assistance every single day in western Massachusetts alone. We can’t afford to lose protections currently in place at a time when we need more.