ACT TODAY: Housing Amendments to ARPA Bill!

Tomorrow the House will debate and vote on its American Rescue Plan Act funding bill (H.4219). So TODAY is the day to request their co-sponsorship of our Network priorities. Find your State Representative HERE and email them this (or your own adapted version, either is fine!): Dear Rep. [insert name]: I am writing to request […]

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Published in Advocacy on October 27, 2021.

The Network Testifies (so can you!)

Yesterday, the Joint Housing Committee heard testimony on a number of housing bills. I had the privilege of testifying on behalf of The Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness in support of two bills: The Transfer Fee for Affordable Housing (S.868/H.1377) and Transforming the Emergency Shelter System to Non-Congregate Sites (H.3959) The Network’s testimony is […]

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Published in Advocacy on October 27, 2021.

Housing Navigator Tool Training: Nov. 2

You may have heard about this exciting new Massachusetts housing search tool already – check it out at Housing Navigator – but you haven’t yet had a chance to see how it works. Here’s an chance to get acquainted with the help of the Housing Navigator’s Nora Lutz on: Tuesday, November 210 am This training […]

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Published in Resources on October 27, 2021.

ACTION ALERT: TRANSFER FEE BILL HEARING THIS TUESDAY 10/26

Good news! The Real Estate Transfer Bill for more affordable housing – lead sponsor our own Senator Jo Comerford! – is coming up for a hearing this coming Tuesday, October 26 at 10 am. To sign up to testify, please fill out this form by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 22. To submit written testimony, please email […]

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Published in Advocacy on October 21, 2021.

DHCD REQUEST FOR INFORMATION for Individual Shelter System

Please see this announcement below from DHCD: The Individual Shelter System and Rapid Transition for Individuals Request for Information has been posted on COMMBUYS.  You can access the page here. Comments and Information can be provided by: Submitting written comments to Gordon.Calkins@mass.gov with the subject line “Individual Shelter System and RTI RFI” by 5pm, November 12, 2021  .  DHCD will […]

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Published in Uncategorized on October 18, 2021.

NEW Trainings: Trauma-Informed Care in Homeless Services

The Springfield-Hampden Co CoC is sponsoring two 2-part sessions. These are targeted to people who already have an understanding of the concept of trauma-informed care, and will be about using trauma-informed strategies in some of the difficult parts of your work. The first date for each topic will be training, and the second part will […]

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Published in Training on October 18, 2021.

Take Action on Right to Counsel in Evictions!

Earlier this week, the Joint Housing Committee heard powerful testimony on the Right to Counsel. We need to keep the momentum going, and the statewide Right to Counsel Campaign is here to help us. Let’s do this! Email Your Elected Leaders Today Take 2 minutes to email your State Senator and Representative and ask them […]

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Published in Advocacy on October 15, 2021.

Funding Opportunity: CHAPA’s Neighborhood Housing Emergency Support Program – Deadline Nov. 1, 2021

Please see this funding opportunity below: CHAPA has created a pilot program to support community-based organizations (CBOs) in our shared goal of preventing evictions and foreclosures due to the COVID-19 pandemic in low-income communities in Massachusetts. As various eviction and foreclosure moratoriums have come to an end, thousands of Massachusetts households are at risk of losing […]

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Published in Funding Opportunity on October 15, 2021.

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