Network’s Legislative and FY22 Budget Priorities: Request Co-sponsorship; Advocate for Funding!

The Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness released today its Legislative Priorities for 2021-2022 and its Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Priorities. These priorities are driven above all by the Network’s mission to prevent and end homelessness through a Housing First approach that centers racial equity. The Network Steering Committee, which includes a broad cross-section of […]

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Published in Advocacy on March 4, 2021.

February 2021 Meeting Minutes

Western MA COVID-19 Task Force for Housing First – 2/18/21 Three County Individual Services Meeting – 2/8/21Family Services Committee Meeting – 2/9/21Hampden County Individual Services Committee Meeting – 2/16/21Career Services Committee Meeting Minutes – 2/24/21Veterans Services Committee Meeting Minutes – 2/25/21

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Add Your Organization to Sign On Letter to Congress in Support of Housing and Community Development

We have until this Friday, March 5, to sign on to this national letter to urge Congress to provide the highest possible funding for HUD and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) housing and community development programs for fiscal year (FY) 2022. As a partner organization of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), which is […]

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Published in Advocacy on March 2, 2021.

Heads-up on National Housing and Homelessness Conferences this Month

We have a chance to fuel our work (without using any fuel) with the help of these virtual national conferences on the horizon: National Coalition to End Homelessness: Meeting Challenges and Seizing Opportunities – March 8-10To see the agenda, click here.Registration deadline is March 5This conference costs $350 but there is a consumer rate of $50 […]

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Published in Resources on March 2, 2021.

New Rental/Mortgage Assistance Available in Hampden County

Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) announced new resources are available for rental and mortgage assistance for those impacted by COVID. In addition to offering this resource, case managers will connect households to other VOC supports (fuel assistance, specific job training, child care, etc.) and community supports.  Please help spread the word and share the attached flyers […]

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Published in Resources on March 2, 2021.

COVID-19 Housing Equity Bill: Ask your legislator to co-sponsor; sign on with your organization’s support!

A new COVID-19 eviction and foreclosure prevention bill was filed last week, and it needs our support. See the Fact Sheet here and the organizational endorsement form here. Please sign on and please ask your legislator to co-sponsor this critical legislation (for Representatives, it’s HD 3030; for Senators, it’s SD1802). You can find your legislator […]

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Published in Advocacy on February 25, 2021.

Join MHSA’s Housing First Discussion on March 3, 2 pm with Dr. Sam Tsemberis

Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) is pleased to invite you to: A Virtual Discussion with Special Guest Dr. Sam TsemberisWednesday, March 3, 2021 at 2PM Eastern Ultimately, only one thing ends homelessness . . . housing! Join MHSA and our member agencies and supporters for a lively virtual discussion with Dr. Sam Tsemberis, CEO of the Pathways Housing […]

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Published in Training on February 25, 2021.

COVID Eviction Legal Help Project: Let’s get it out there!

Please see this latest update on available legal assistance and please distribute widely! The COVID Eviction Legal Help Project (CELHP) was formed to expand the capacity of legal aid organizations in Massachusetts to provide urgently needed legal assistance in COVID-related eviction cases. The CELHP website allows organizations to provide referrals, along with guiding you to legal information and […]

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Published in Resources on February 10, 2021.

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