Action Alert: Contact your Senator to Co-sponsor Key Amendments!

The Senate Ways and Means Committee released its proposed Fiscal Year 2023 budget last week. The budget contains many positive advances for housing and homelessness (go here for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless breakdown and here for the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance summary of key provisions). Urgent improvements are still needed. This week […]

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Published in Advocacy on May 16, 2022.

We gathered 250 strong to end homelessness; catch up to it all here!

This post is one big shout-out to the amazing unity demonstrated at last Friday’s 6th Annual Gathering of the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness. We showed up, over 250 of us! Dozens and dozens of our Network partners who do the work every day, our legislators who lead and support us, our mayors and […]

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Published in Press Coverage on May 10, 2022.

Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness Honored by the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance

The Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness was thrilled to receive the Cornerstone Award from the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) for its commitment to ending homelessness. A group of us took a trip to Worcester’s Polar Park for MHSA’s annual dinner to receive the award – pictured below, some members of our Steering […]

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Published in Network, News on May 5, 2022.

5 days until we gather! Program here!

We are 5 days away from our virtual gathering on Friday, May 6 at 10 am – 11 am for the cause of preventing and ending homelessness in Western Massachusetts.  We are at 337 people registered!  We are clearly showing up to fuel each other and our leadership on all levels of government and across […]

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Published in Network on May 2, 2022.

ACT now for the Affordable Housing Transfer Fee!

Please see this action alert below from the Local Option for Housing Affordability (LOHA) Coalition. The Network considers this one of its highest priorities and is working in partnership with its lead sponsor, our own Senator Jo Comerford. Let’s push it! ACTION NEEDED! – Copy and paste email below! The Coalition’s Real Estate Transfer Fee for […]

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Published in Advocacy on April 29, 2022.

SIGN-ON LETTER to Restore Rental Assistance

Thanks to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and Homes for All Massachusetts for this opportunity to join our voices in this organizational sign-on letter to our state leaders to restore critically needed rental assistance. As you may know, the Department of Housing and Community Development stopped taking applications for ERAP […]

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Published in Advocacy on April 29, 2022.

The FY23 House Budget Outcomes

The MA House of Representatives passed its proposed Fiscal year 2023 budget this week. Unfortunately, our Network’s priority amendments were not adopted, with the exception of partial funding for the Network earmark itself ($50,000 of the requested $75,000). A big thanks to our Western Massachusetts delegation, and special thanks to Representative Lindsay Sabadosa as lead […]

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Published in Advocacy on April 29, 2022.

National Sign-On Letters for Housing Priorities

Thanks to the National Low Income Housing Coalition for these sign-on opportunities: Sign your organization onto a letter in support of the Eviction Crisis Act! This bipartisan bill would create a permanent emergency rental assistance program to provide financial assistance and stability services to low-income households facing an unexpected economic shock. Signatures are due on April […]

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Published in Advocacy on April 29, 2022.

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