Individual Homelessness in MA and COVID-19 – Panel Discussion July 21

Please see this invitation from the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA). All are welcome! Individual Homelessness in a COVID-19 WorldPart II: Local Public Perspectives on Addressing HomelessnessTuesday, July 21, 20202-3 p.m. As the COVID-19 crisis hit communities across Massachusetts, local leaders were faced with the challenge of how to respond to the urgent threat […]

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Published in Best Practices on July 13, 2020.

Network Testimony in Support of the Right to Counsel Pilot Program; Join the Coalition; Thanks to our Legislators!

The Network was pleased to submit written testimony in support of S.2785, An Act promoting housing stability and homelessness prevention through a right to counsel pilot program in Massachusetts in response to the COVID-emergency. Over 15,000 eviction filings are predicted when the eviction moratorium lifts (currently slated for August 15). Massachusetts housing law was written […]

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Published in Advocacy on July 10, 2020.

Action: National Lobby Day – July 21 – for The Heroes Act

The National Low Income Housing Coalition is leading this effort – let’s join them! CONGRESS MUST ACT!JOIN US FOR VIRTUAL LOBBY DAY! Congress must pass the housing elements of the HEROES Act to protect low-income renters and prevent a tsunami of evictions Advocates for housing justice throughout the country are raising the concerns of low-income […]

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Published in Advocacy, Uncategorized on July 10, 2020.

Resources on Racism and Welfare

We wanted to relay this information from the statewide Lift Our Kids Coalition regarding the history and impact of racism on welfare programs and policies in this country. First is this reading list compiled by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, of books and articles on the racist history underlying the current Temporary Assistance […]

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Published in Resources on July 10, 2020.

Action: Submit Your Right to Counsel Testimony and Contact Governor Baker!

The Network’s two eviction priority bills are moving FAST and need your support this week! On Right to Counsel, please see this action alert from the MA Right to Counsel Advisory Committee (of which the Network is a member): Your Testimony is Needed THIS WeekWe just heard yesterday that Joint Committee on Housing is taking […]

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Published in Advocacy on July 8, 2020.

Action: Contact your legislators on Housing Stability Bill

The Act to Guarantee Housing Stability is CRITICAL to stem the avalanche of evictions that would otherwise await low-income tenants at the end of the eviction moratorium. See below from Homes for All MA Coalition to learn more and to contact your legislators! Over 200 groups have endorsed this effort. Together we can win a victory […]

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Published in Advocacy on July 8, 2020.

Family Homelessness Legislative Briefing – 7/9, 12:30 pm

An invitation from the MA Coalition for the Homeless (everyone is welcome!): Please join the Coalition, Representative Jim O’Day, Representative Kay Khan, Representative Kevin Honan, families experiencing homelessness, advocates, and providers this Thursday, July 9th from 12:30-2 p.m. for an important online legislative briefing and discussion on family homelessness during and after COVID-19.RSVP here to receive the […]

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Published in Advocacy on July 8, 2020.

National Alliance to End Homelessness Town Hall – 7/15/20

In lieu of an in-person conference, the Alliance is hosting its first-ever virtual event, the 2020 Nationwide Town Hall on Ending Homelessness, on July 15, 2020, at 1pm ET/10 am PT. The event will be live streamed on the Alliance’s Facebook and YouTube channels. The Town Hall seeks to provide a virtual space for members of the homeless services community to […]

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Published in Advocacy on July 8, 2020.

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