The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) and CHAPA have joined together to create this statement in response to the emergency declaration regarding family homelessness. Organizations are invited to sign on by 2 pm, Monday, August 14 (signers after that time will be added to an online version of the statement). Sign on and see the full letter here:

The statement expresses support of the Healey-Driscoll Administration’s call to action for families experiencing homelessness and issues an appeal for coordinated state action.

One excerpt: 

We believe there are immediate actions available to alleviate the current crisis, uphold human dignity, and invest in long-term housing solutions that expand deeply affordable and permanent supportive housing. With the state’s leadership, together we can and must:

  • Help families swiftly move out of Emergency Assistance and other temporary shelter programs into permanent affordable housing
  • Strengthen homelessness prevention resources to ensure that more families and individuals can maintain housing stability
  • Expand available services for newly arrived immigrant families and improve service coordination for all families experiencing homelessness

Read more and sign on here by 2 pm Monday, August 14:

Statewide advocates will continue to convene partners to refine specific recommendations regarding services and long-term housing resources. Our united voice is critical to ensure we respond to this crisis with truly lasting solutions.

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