Network Testimony in Support of the Right to Counsel Pilot Program; Join the Coalition; Thanks to our Legislators!

The Network was pleased to submit written testimony in support of S.2785, An Act promoting housing stability and homelessness prevention through a right to counsel pilot program in Massachusetts in response to the COVID-emergency. Over 15,000 eviction filings are predicted when the eviction moratorium lifts (currently slated for August 15). Massachusetts housing law was written […]

Published in Advocacy on July 10, 2020.

Action: National Lobby Day – July 21 – for The Heroes Act

The National Low Income Housing Coalition is leading this effort – let’s join them! CONGRESS MUST ACT!JOIN US FOR VIRTUAL LOBBY DAY! Congress must pass the housing elements of the HEROES Act to protect low-income renters and prevent a tsunami of evictions Advocates for housing justice throughout the country are raising the concerns of low-income […]

Published in Advocacy, Uncategorized on July 10, 2020.

Action: Submit Your Right to Counsel Testimony and Contact Governor Baker!

The Network’s two eviction priority bills are moving FAST and need your support this week! On Right to Counsel, please see this action alert from the MA Right to Counsel Advisory Committee (of which the Network is a member): Your Testimony is Needed THIS WeekWe just heard yesterday that Joint Committee on Housing is taking […]

Published in Advocacy on July 8, 2020.

Action: Contact your legislators on Housing Stability Bill

The Act to Guarantee Housing Stability is CRITICAL to stem the avalanche of evictions that would otherwise await low-income tenants at the end of the eviction moratorium. See below from Homes for All MA Coalition to learn more and to contact your legislators! Over 200 groups have endorsed this effort. Together we can win a victory […]

Published in Advocacy on July 8, 2020.

Family Homelessness Legislative Briefing – 7/9, 12:30 pm

An invitation from the MA Coalition for the Homeless (everyone is welcome!): Please join the Coalition, Representative Jim O’Day, Representative Kay Khan, Representative Kevin Honan, families experiencing homelessness, advocates, and providers this Thursday, July 9th from 12:30-2 p.m. for an important online legislative briefing and discussion on family homelessness during and after COVID-19.RSVP here to receive the […]

Published in Advocacy on July 8, 2020.

National Alliance to End Homelessness Town Hall – 7/15/20

In lieu of an in-person conference, the Alliance is hosting its first-ever virtual event, the 2020 Nationwide Town Hall on Ending Homelessness, on July 15, 2020, at 1pm ET/10 am PT. The event will be live streamed on the Alliance’s Facebook and YouTube channels. The Town Hall seeks to provide a virtual space for members of the homeless services community to […]

Published in Advocacy on July 8, 2020.

Network and CHAPA Advocacy for Systems-Wide Approach with Federal COVID-19 Funds

The Network is partnering with CHAPA, the statewide housing policy and advocacy organization, in efforts to maximize long-term housing solutions during COVID-19. We are grateful to CHAPA for this letter to DHCD Undersecretary Jennifer Maddox and House and Senate leaders that also reflects the Network’s goals: a “systems-wide approach” to ensure state and federal dollars […]

Published in Advocacy on July 2, 2020.

HUD Rule would allow anti-trans discrimination in federally funded shelters

Please see this announcement from the ACLU and stay tuned for action steps regarding the 60 day comment period which will begin shortly. The Trump administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development today released a proposed rule to roll back protections for transgender people experiencing homelessness, allowing taxpayer-funded shelters to turn away transgender people based on a […]

Published in Advocacy on July 2, 2020.

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