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Gratitude to our Western MA Legislators

Our Western MA State Legislators led the charge in demanding the Administration act immediately and comprehensively to address the crisis facing people who are experiencing homelessness. 57 State Legislators, 17 of whom are from Western Massachusetts, signed this letter to Governor Baker and Secretary Sudders outlining the urgent action steps that must be taken now. …

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Published in Advocacy on March 26, 2020.

GOOD NEWS: Congress Includes Homelessness and Housing Funds in COVID-19 Relief Package

Please see this excerpted update from the National Low Income Housing Coalition: Congressional leaders reached a bipartisan agreement on a $2 trillion direct spending bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to tremendous advocacy nationwide (Network voices included!), the bill provides more than $12 billion in funding for HUD programs, including: $4 billion for Emergency Solutions …

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Published in Advocacy on March 26, 2020.

Governor Baker Announces Housing Stability Measures

March 25: From the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED): The Baker-Polito Administration announced steps to keep vulnerable families in their homes, preserve the health and safety of low-income renters and homeowners, and prevent homelessness due to reduced or lost income. These steps include the following: MA DHCD is issuing guidance recommending that all …

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Published in Network on March 26, 2020.

Look4Help Summary Page on COVID-19 Related Resources

Community Action Pioneer Valley has an excellent and comprehensive resource page through its Look4Help directory that summarizes up-to-date local, state and federal resources available in response to COVID-19. While Community Action’s service area is Hampshire and Franklin Counties and the North Quabbin, many of the resources listed pertain to the entire region, if not State. …

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Published in Resources on March 26, 2020.

CHAPA’s COVID-19 Action Alert and Policy Recommendations

Please see this excerpted summary of CHAPA’s policy proposals and action alert in response to COVID-19: In order to help stop the spread of the virus and preserve housing stability during this crisis, CHAPA requests urgent action on state policies that will: Freeze nonessential evictions and foreclosures; Help residents pay rent or mortgage payments in cases …

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Published in Advocacy on March 26, 2020.

Act NOW to support moratorium on evictions!

We have gotten word that the eviction moratorium bill is moving FAST at the State House, with a vote likely this week.  Thanks to so many of our Western MA legislators for signing on in support of the House bill HD 4935. The Senate version is also in process (special thanks to Senator Comerford for her leadership on …

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Published in Advocacy on March 25, 2020.

ACTION ALERT TODAY! Contact Your US Rep and Senators!

Apologies for the late in the day notice but it’s NOT too late! (And until you read a headline that Congress passed a bill it’s STILL not too late!). I am writing to bring this national action to your attention as it will directly impact our region’s efforts to respond to the housing and homelessness …

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Published in Advocacy, Uncategorized on March 23, 2020.

TODAY’s COVID-19 Advocacy and Informational Events

Below is a list of today’s and Monday’s events related to homelessness and COVID-19. Apologies for the late notice – it’s been hard to keep up. TODAY: 9 am, The Emergency Task Force on Coronavirus & Equity, convened by the Mass. Public Health Association and including 87 statewide groups (including the Network), is holding a …

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Published in Advocacy, Best Practices on March 20, 2020.
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