ACT TODAY: Housing Amendments to ARPA Bill!

Tomorrow the House will debate and vote on its American Rescue Plan Act funding bill (H.4219). So TODAY is the day to request their co-sponsorship of our Network priorities. Find your State Representative HERE and email them this (or your own adapted version, either is fine!): Dear Rep. [insert name]: I am writing to request […]

Published in Advocacy on October 27, 2021.

The Network Testifies (so can you!)

Yesterday, the Joint Housing Committee heard testimony on a number of housing bills. I had the privilege of testifying on behalf of The Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness in support of two bills: The Transfer Fee for Affordable Housing (S.868/H.1377) and Transforming the Emergency Shelter System to Non-Congregate Sites (H.3959) The Network’s testimony is […]

Published in Advocacy on October 27, 2021.

ACTION ALERT: TRANSFER FEE BILL HEARING THIS TUESDAY 10/26

Good news! The Real Estate Transfer Bill for more affordable housing – lead sponsor our own Senator Jo Comerford! – is coming up for a hearing this coming Tuesday, October 26 at 10 am. To sign up to testify, please fill out this form by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 22. To submit written testimony, please email […]

Published in Advocacy on October 21, 2021.

Take Action on Right to Counsel in Evictions!

Earlier this week, the Joint Housing Committee heard powerful testimony on the Right to Counsel. We need to keep the momentum going, and the statewide Right to Counsel Campaign is here to help us. Let’s do this! Email Your Elected Leaders Today Take 2 minutes to email your State Senator and Representative and ask them […]

Published in Advocacy on October 15, 2021.

TOPA Tweet Storm Starts Now!

Let’s join our partners from Homes for All MA to Help pass TOPA – the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act – an important tool for tenants, community groups, and allies to fight displacement and preserve and create long term affordable housing. The Housing Committee hearing is TODAY! 1) Email your legislators using this tool and get it […]

Published in Advocacy on October 12, 2021.

ACT NOW to Defend Housing Investments!

Thanks to the National Low Income Housing Coalition for this alert: Affordable housing investments in the “Build Back Better Act” may be deeply cut or even eliminated. Act NOW! President Biden and congressional leaders need to hear from you and from as many members of Congress as possible in support of essential and targeted housing investments currently […]

Published in Advocacy on October 7, 2021.

BIG STATE LEGISLATIVE HEARING on Housing Bills October 12!

Calling all Network partners! We’ve got a very big day next week as the State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Housing convenes a virtual hearing on Tuesday, October 12 at 11 am on a number of Network priority bills. The Network’s Racial Equity Work Group urges your support of these bills as a crucial part of […]

Published in Advocacy on October 7, 2021.

State Legislative Hearing on ARPA Funds: Friday, 10/1, 11 am

The next state legislative hearing on the allocation of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding is taking place on: Friday, October 111 amOnline link here: https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Joint/Calendar/10-01-2021 The focus will be on education, social equity, safety net and families. While “housing” is not directly mentioned, certainly the issues of housing and homelessness directly bear on […]

Published in Advocacy on September 27, 2021.

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