COVID-19 Housing Equity Bill: Ask your legislator to co-sponsor; sign on with your organization’s support!

A new COVID-19 eviction and foreclosure prevention bill was filed last week, and it needs our support. See the Fact Sheet here and the organizational endorsement form here. Please sign on and please ask your legislator to co-sponsor this critical legislation (for Representatives, it’s HD 3030; for Senators, it’s SD1802). You can find your legislator […]

Published in Advocacy on February 25, 2021.

The Network on National Housing Call TODAY; New York Times on Housing Crisis

I am pleased to share that TODAY’s 2:30 pm National Low Income Housing Coalition’s National Call on Coronavirus Housing and Homelessness will include a brief presentation by the Network (I shall represent!) on the eviction crisis in Massachusetts.  Their invitation stemmed from this Berkshire Eagle article on evictions in MA in which I was quoted on the needed state-level […]

Published in Advocacy on February 8, 2021.

More on Gov. Baker’s FY22 Budget; Your Input Matters

Please see these additional analyses of the Governor’s proposed Fiscal Year 2022 budget regarding its impact on housing and homelessness programs. It’s not too early to take action! Voice your concerns to Governor Baker about his proposed cuts by phone at 1-888-870-7770 or by email. A simple message will do: budget cuts to housing and homelessness programs […]

Published in Advocacy on February 8, 2021.

The Governor’s FY22 Budget: Cuts to Housing and Homelessness Programs

The Governor released his proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Budget last Wednesday, January 27. It contained many cuts to housing and homelessness programs, which is cause for great concern for the Network. This is just the start of the FY22 budget process, as the House of Representatives will release its budget in April, and the Senate […]

Published in Advocacy on February 3, 2021.

Call Governor Baker Today!

FY22 Budget Recommendation Cuts Critical Resources for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness Thanks to the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) for this action alert. Let’s join our statewide partners and bring Western Massachusetts’ voice to the Governor today! On Wednesday, the Governor released his Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Budget Recommendation. We are disappointed to see the cuts […]

Published in Advocacy on January 28, 2021.

MA Trial Court December Report on Evictions; Western MA Eviction Numbers

The MA “Act Providing Eviction Protections During the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency,” signed into law on Dec. 31, 2020, requires the MA Trial Court to submit to the Legislature monthly data regarding evictions in MA. Please find the report here. Of particular note: in the month of December, .9% of tenants had legal representation as compared to […]

Published in Advocacy on January 27, 2021.

More Federal Policy Changes: 100% FEMA reimbursement for all emergency shelter; continued advocacy needed

More positive developments from the new Administration with a continuing need for our advocacy. Thanks to the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) for this update: President Biden signed an executive order on January 21 directing FEMA to fully cover the costs to move individuals experiencing homelessness and living in congregate settings or encampments to safer living […]

Published in Advocacy on January 27, 2021.

President-Elect Biden Proposes New COVID-19 Relief with Housing Stability Homelessness Prevention Measures

A heartening update from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition: This evening, President-elected Biden released his $1.9 trillion legislative proposal for a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package, including essential resources and protections for America’s lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness. President-elect Biden calls for: An extension of the federal eviction moratorium through September 2021; $30 billion in emergency rental […]

Published in Advocacy on January 15, 2021.

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