NEW Eviction Protections Become Law!

Good news: new eviction protections are now law. As you may recall, these provisions were initially passed by the Legislature as outside sections of the FY21 budget which the Governor amended. The Legislature overrode the amendments (big thanks to our Western MA Legislators for their steadfast commitment) and passed the language as a bill, An […]

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Published in Advocacy, Network, News on January 6, 2021.

New Study: Housing First Saves Money and Provides Better Care

Thanks to the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance for this release: The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation released a research report in late December that confirms the effectiveness of supportive housing programs for chronically homeless individuals. The study examined Housing First programs administered by Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance and analyzed MassHealth claims data of program participants. […]

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Published in Advocacy, Resources on January 6, 2021.

Call Governor Baker Now to Protect Against COVID-19 Evictions!

For those who are not on vacation but hopefully still enjoying the slower week, we need to speed up just enough to get heard right now as the clock is ticking on critical eviction protections. Homes for All MA Coalition offers us this guidance below. Let’s do this: Call Governor Baker now – 617-725-4005 – […]

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Published in Advocacy on December 29, 2020.

President Signs COVID Relief & Omnibus Spending Bill

Thanks to the National Low Income Housing Coalition for this update: President Trump signed yesterday, December 27, the bill passed by Congress last week to fund the federal government for FY2021 and to provide emergency COVID-19 relief, including $25 billion in emergency rental assistance and an extension of the CDC’s federal eviction moratorium through January […]

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Published in Advocacy, Resources on December 28, 2020.

Updated COVID-19 Emergency Shelter Directory

I wanted to bring to your attention an updated compilation of emergency shelter resources in the region and how to access them. This information can also be found on our “Need Help” web page. Please contact me with any additions or edits at pschwartz@westernmasshousingfirst.org. Your help is greatly appreciated! Let me close this post with […]

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Published in Resources on December 23, 2020.

Act Today to Secure State Eviction Protections!

I posted on this last Thursday afternoon, but now it’s Monday and I have this alert from City Life to both remind you and make it even easier to weigh in – please act and please spread the word! We are VERY CLOSE to getting some important protections against eviction in the Massachusetts state budget, […]

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Published in Advocacy on December 21, 2020.

Good News: Congressional Package Extends Federal Eviction Moratorium and Provides Rent Relief

With thanks to the National Low Income Housing Coalition for this update: Congressional leaders have reached a deal on an emergency COVID-19 relief bill that includes $25 billion in emergency rental assistance and an extension of the CDC’s federal eviction moratorium through January 31! Stay tuned for details of the housing provisions in the COVID-19 relief deal. This […]

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Published in Advocacy on December 21, 2020.

TODAY: Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day – Dec. 21, 4 pm

TODAY, the National Coalition for the Homeless, National Health Care for the Homeless Council and National Consumer Advisory Board are gathering virtually for to observe the annual  Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. For nearly three decades, communities have gathered to mourn the tragic passing of those who die on the streets due to the harsh realities of […]

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Published in Network on December 21, 2020.

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