You’re Invited: Call to Action with the Network – June 4 – check out our speaker line-up!

You may have already seen our Save the Date and we’re here now with the invitation with our great line-up of speakers! Join us for this energizing “Call to Action” on Friday, June 4 at 10 am. Register here. Can’t wait to see you there!

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Published in Network on May 7, 2021.

Final House Budget and Network Priorities

As you know, the House finalized its budget last week. Here is a summary of the housing outcomes in relation to the Network Priorities. Thanks to our Western MA Representatives for their championing of housing and homelessness prevention! On the regional level, we made some headway on our Network priorities with some funding allocation for […]

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Published in Advocacy on May 7, 2021.

DPH RFR for Low-Threshold Permanent Housing and Support Services

An important opportunity for our region! Please see below and attached for information about an RFR from DPH for low-threshold permanent housing and support services. More information is available on COMMBUYS here: https://www.commbuys.com/bso/external/bidDetail.sdo?docId=BD-21-1031-ADMIN-ADM07-62215&external=true&parentUrl=close The COVID-19 Pandemic has created an extraordinary public health challenge in Massachusetts, further complicating the ongoing opioid crisis, contributing to homelessness, and exacerbating […]

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Published in Resources on May 7, 2021.

Federal Judge Overturns CDC Moratorium; Appeal Filed; State Action on Housing Equity Bill Needed

Thanks to CHAPA for reporting on this update: On May 5, 2021, D.C. District Judge Dabney Friedrich vacated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) federal eviction moratorium, which was set to expire on June 30, 2021. The federal judge ruled that the Public Health Service Act did not give the CDC the legal authority to impose […]

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Published in Advocacy on May 7, 2021.

DHCD-Way Finders Towns Halls on Emergency Rental Assistance – 5/4 and 5/11

DHCD is partnering with Way Finders to host English and Spanish language virtual town halls on emergency rental assistance, free legal representation, and mediation services that are available to tenants and income eligible landlords that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Western Massachusetts. The goal with these events is to help get the word out and educate residents about the available resources.      IMPORTANT: even those who […]

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Published in Training on May 3, 2021.

The House Budget Finalized – Amendment Outcomes

Late last week, the House voted on its FY22 budget. We will provide more detail shortly but for now this update will report out on how the Network Amendment priorities fared. Unfortunately, our statewide priorities, in collaboration with CHAPA and MA Coalition for the Homeless, were not adopted, with the exception of the transportation amendments […]

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Published in Advocacy on May 3, 2021.

TODAY: 2 Important Events!

Here’s a final reminder for two important learning opportunities today: The Greater Springfield Regional Housing Analysis Report: Presentation and DiscussionTODAY, Wednesday, April 282-3:30 p.m.Register here. The Report will be presented by UMass Donahue Institute with a panel discussion facilitated by Keith Fairey, President and CEO of Way Finders and panelists: Gerry McCafferty, Director of Housing, […]

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Published in Uncategorized on April 28, 2021.

Statewide Equity Task Force: MassBudget on House Ways and Means Budget

At the Statewide Equity Task Force on Coronavirus and Equity meeting last week, MA Budget and Policy Center presented a comprehensive summary of the House Ways and Means budget that is being debated this week. Please check out MassBudget’s excellent presentation and this analysis to get a big picture view of the proposed House budget. […]

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Published in Advocacy on April 27, 2021.

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