Blog category: Advocacy

TODAY at 3:30 pm: NLIHC offers Webinar on President Trump’s FY21 Budget Request

NLIHC and other leaders of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) invite you to join a webinar on Tuesday, February 18 at 3:30 p.m. ET to learn about how the president’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget request would harm low-income people and their communities and how advocates can help ensure robust funding for affordable …

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Published on February 18, 2020.

Action Alert: Sign-on letter to support affordable housing!

Thanks to the National Low Income Housing Coalition for this action alert below – let’s join them! President Trump’s and HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget request – released on Feb. 10 – proposes to slash funding for HUD by an astounding $8.6 billion or 15% below 2020 enacted levels, not including …

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Published on February 12, 2020.

Hampden County Legislators and Network Partners Discuss Budget and Policy Priorities to End Homelessness

Thanks to our Hampden County legislators Assistant Majority Leader Joseph Wagner, Representative Michael Finn, Representative Carlos Gonzaléz and Representative José Tosado for joining our 30-strong Network team that came together in Springfield on Feb. 3, 2020, to advocate for the Network’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Priorities and 2019-2021 Legislative Priorities. We look forward to continuing …

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Published on February 7, 2020.

TODAY: Call your legislators on housing bill priorities!

Under rules that govern law-making in the State Legislature, state legislative committees have until Wed., Feb. 5 to “report out” a bill from its committee.  If it is not given a “favorable report” by that date, the bill typically “dies” unless it is given an extension. The Network’s top legislative priorities include Right to Counsel …

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Published on February 3, 2020.

The Governor’s FY21 Budget; the Network’s FY21 Budget Priorities

Governor Baker released his proposed FY21 budget last week. See these preliminary analyses on housing and homelessness programs by Mass Coalition for the Homeless and Mass Law Reform Institute with more to come. The Network has just released its FY21 budget priorities, in coordination with statewide partners, which will guide our legislative advocacy through the …

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Published on January 31, 2020.

Great News on RAFT increase! And public hearing on Jan. 14

Please see below this exciting update from Kelly Turley of the MA Coalition for the Homeless: We have some exciting updates to share about the Upstream RAFT/rent arrearage program, our top budget and bill priority. Early last Thursday morning, the Legislature passed the long-awaited supplemental budget to close out fiscal year 2019 (see House Bill 4246). It …

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Published on January 6, 2020.

Way Home America Update on Recent Federal Actions – 12/19/19

Way Home America, a national organization working to end homelessness, provided this update on the impact of recent federal Administration actions on the efforts to prevent and end homelessness. An excerpt here: “If you have been following the news about homelessness coming from DC in recent weeks, you may have heard about some of the …

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Published on December 20, 2019.

Action: Sign on to Right to Counsel and Eviction Sealing (HOMES) Bills!

The Western MA Network to End Homelessness has joined two statewide legislative campaigns that would help prevent and end homelessness: Right to Counsel in Eviction Cases and Eviction Sealing (HOMES).  A key aspect of these campaigns is to grow its list of organizational supporters.   I am relaying this information in the hopes that your organization …

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Published on November 13, 2019.
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