Overall, the State’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget (July, 2021 – June 30, 2022) makes significant investments in housing and homelessness programs. To compare the outcomes with the Network priorities (in concert with our statewide partners), please see this chart. Specifically for our western region, the budget contains a $1 million increase in Safe Havens funding […]
Check out this new Housing Navigator tool HERE. This newly launched website offers information on 2000+ affordable properties across Massachusetts. You can get in their loop for updates as the project continues to grow by going here. Congratulations and thank you to the creators!
Way to go Western Massachusetts! Our State Legislators, local officials and community leaders have come together to send a clear message to the Housing Committee at its public hearing on the COVID-19 Housing Equity bill TOMORROW Thursday, August 12: urgent action on this bill is critical to protect thousands of Western Massachusetts residents and homeowners from the threat of eviction […]
Check out this exciting news via the National Low Income Housing Coalition: The Senate voted 50-49 early this morning to approve a budget resolution that sets the stage for a $3.5 trillion infrastructure and economic recovery package, including investments up to $332 billion for housing and transportation. We haven’t been this close to major investments in affordable housing in […]
Big news! Thanks to Homes for All MA for the update: A hearing on the COVID-19 Housing Equity bill has been scheduled for Thursday, August 12 at 1:00 pm. This will be a virtual hearing, in front of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Housing. Please click here to sign up to testify via video […]
Thanks to the extraordinary advocacy of some Congressional leaders (Rep. Cori Bush!) and advocates nationwide, the Biden Administration took action to stave off thousands of evictions. This is a positive step and a signal to our own state leaders to do its part and pass the COVID-19 Housing Equity Bill (H. 1434/S. 891). Right now, […]
Yesterday, the MA Joint Judiciary Committee heard testimony on the HOMES Act. The Network submitted written testimony that you can read here. It’s not too late to submit testimony (for the next couple of weeks), in fact it is very important to get on the record. If you are working with tenants who have personal […]
As the CDC Eviction Moratorium ends, DHCD is preparing for more incoming applications for rental assistance and want to ensure that resources for tenants and landlords are accessible and well-known. This month, DHCD will be hosting two training sessions on updated policies, best practices, and how our community organizations can help applicants submit complete applications. […]