Network Testifies at Legislative Health Equity Task Force

Today the Legislative Health Equity Task Force held a public hearing to receive recommendations for how best to address the health equity crisis facing the Commonwealth right now. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to testify as part of the housing panel and am relaying my testimony here for your information. It was […]

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Published in Advocacy on September 16, 2020.

Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference – 10/1 – 10/2

Mark your calendars for this virtual conference this year on October 1 – October 2. You can register now for the Keynote Speakers and the morning welcome (Go here to register! https://www.fhcrconference.com/.) Workshops will be available and open for registration beginning September 21st. Keynote Speakers:Gillian Thomas, Thursday, October, 1, 12 pmGillian Thomas is a Senior Staff […]

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Published in Training on September 16, 2020.

Compiled Minutes from the Western MA COVID-19 Task Force for Housing First

Several months ago, area legislators reached out to learn more about the emergency shelter needs for people experiencing homelessness during COVID-19. The Network convened a meeting of area shelter providers and local leaders that has since grown to include many Western MA state legislators, municipal leaders and shelter and housing providers from the communities of: […]

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Published in Western MA COVID-19 Task Force for Housing First on September 16, 2020.

The Loss of A Champion: Chief Justice Ralph Gants

I’m so sorry to have this news to share, as relayed to the MA Right to Counsel Coalition by Annette Duke of Mass. Law Reform Institute. Sentiments shared by us all: We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Massachusetts lost a true leader and humanitarian in our justice community yesterday.  The sudden passing […]

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Published in News on September 15, 2020.

COVID-19 Data Dashboard and Webinar 9/18

From the Public Health Institute of Western MA: Check out the latest Western Massachusetts COVID-19 Data Dashboard update, and please join PHIWM and Representative Mindy Domb on September 18th to learn more about the dashboard. The Dashboard is designed to present COVID-19 data in a way that is accessible to decision-makers and the public in our region. Access to up-to-date COVID-19 […]

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Published in Resources on September 11, 2020.

Art and Understanding Homelessness – a talk with Dr. Dennis Culhane

The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center is offering two free online events in conjunction with Steven Kinder: 552,830 and Coffee & Conversation: Stories of Homelessness. Kinder’s exhibit invites viewers to lift their eyes to view large-scale portraits of people experiencing homelessness.  Two talks will take place: Homelessness: The Big Picture with national expert Dr. Dennis Culhane on September 23 […]

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Published in Resources on September 11, 2020.

State Eviction Moratorium Upheld by Superior Court; more on Federal Moratorium

Good news (and thanks to CHAPA for reporting on it): Eviction Moratorium Passes Constitutional Challenges in Superior CourtOn August 26, Judge Wilson of the Massachusetts Superior Court issued an order in Matorin v. Commonwealth denying injunctive relief to plaintiffs advocating for the end of the eviction moratorium. Ruling on claims of infringement of core judicial powers, access to […]

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Published in Advocacy on September 11, 2020.

Comment by 9/22 to Preserve Equal Access to Shelter for LGBTQ+

We posted on this a few weeks ago but with the comment deadline closing in on Sept. 2, we wanted to remind you of this urgent need to comment. See this advocacy alert from the National Alliance to End Homelessness (echoed across all housing organizations across the country): The administration is attempting to remove current Equal […]

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Published in Advocacy on September 9, 2020.

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