Final Alert: Call Your Rep to Co-Sponsor Amendments ASAP!

This alert from last week is being re-posted because there is still time to contact your State Representative to urge them to co-sponsor our key housing/homelessness amendments (Reps can still sign on to co-sponsor up until the time it is being debated). Please read on and call or email today! You can find your State […]

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Published in Advocacy on April 25, 2022.

NLIHC Releases “The Gap” on Affordable Housing Shortage; National Call-in Day April 26

The National Low Income Housing Coalition released last week its annual report, The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, finding the lowest-income renters in the U.S. face a shortage of approximately 7 million affordable and available rental homes. Drawing on multiple data sources, the report documents how the pandemic has exacerbated the housing crisis for the […]

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Published in Advocacy, Stats & Facts on April 25, 2022.

We got spotlighted for our MHSA honor!

Thank you to the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) for this “spotlight” that went out to thousands of MHSA supporters across the state, and above all for this honor. Personally, I feel very honored indeed; and on behalf of the Network, I feel MOST honored to be part of this mission with incredible people […]

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Published in Network, News on April 22, 2022.

Two weeks to go! Join us on May 6!

We are two weeks away from our Network’s Annual Event: Friday, May 6 at 10 am. We have over 300 people registered to attend – our Western MA legislators, our mayors, our state leaders and so many of YOU – showing up to connect on our mission to prevent and end homelessness in the region, […]

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Published in Network on April 22, 2022.

March and April 2022 Task Force and Meeting Minutes

March, 2022Western MA Task Force for Housing First – 3/10/22 (this was a meeting to share our FY23 budget priorities with our legislators with over 70 in attendance – no notes but for the budget priorities themselves!)Family Services Committee Meeting – 3/8/22Three County Individual Services Committee Meeting – 3/14/22Veterans Committee Meeting – 3/15/22Career Services Committee […]

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Action Alert: Request to Co-sponsor Network Priority Amendments!

As shared in our previous post, the House Ways and Means Committee released its proposed Fiscal Year 2023 budget last week. This week is our time to ask State Representatives to co-sponsor our key amendments before the full House debates and votes upon the budget next week! The more sponsors there are, the greater the […]

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Published in Advocacy on April 19, 2022.

Individual Homelessness System Procurement is released

Big news for the region and the state today: the MA Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) released its procurement for the individual homelessness system. You can find the procurement and associated attachments and forms at For quick reference, the procurement schedule is: Virtual Bidders’ Conference 06/01/2022 at 10:00am and 06/02/2022 at 10:00am Deadline […]

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Published in Individual Services Committee, Resources on April 19, 2022.

ERAP application deadline: TOMORROW 11:59 pm! Sign Petition to Urge Extension!

The state will stop accepting applications for the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) as of 11:59 pm, Friday, April 15. Apply for assistance HERE. Homes for All MA and Right to the City Boston are distributing this petition seeking extension: SIGN ON HERE. Households can continue to apply for rental assistance through the RAFT […]

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Published in Advocacy, Resources on April 14, 2022.

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