Blog category: Advocacy

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 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 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 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 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 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 on March 20, 2020.

TODAY’s ACTION: Call Congress to demand inclusion of homelessness response in relief package

Please see the action alert below from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.  Please make 3 calls to your: U.S. Representative:Either: Rep. Jim McGovern – 202-225-6101 orRep. Richie Neal – 202-225-5601 Need to confirm which one represents you?  Go here. and both of your U.S. Senators:Senator Elizabeth Warren – 202-224-4543Senator Ed Markey – 202-224-2742 Your message: Any coronavirus relief package must provide funding for the urgent …

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Published on March 18, 2020.

Please sign: Petition for Moratorium on Evictions During COVID-19

Please click here to sign a statewide petition to enact a moratorium on evictions during COVID-19. We have several Western MA legislators who are working on statewide legislation to this effect as well. Please circulate widely.

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Published on March 13, 2020.
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