The MA Department of Public Health has just released a survey for EVERY Massachusetts resident over 14 years old (this means you, too!). The survey is anonymous and the goal is to assess the impact of COVID-19 on our communities, in particular those who have been hardest hit by the virus, including people of color, immigrants, individuals who […]
I’m so sorry to have this news to share, as relayed to the MA Right to Counsel Coalition by Annette Duke of Mass. Law Reform Institute. Sentiments shared by us all: We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Massachusetts lost a true leader and humanitarian in our justice community yesterday. The sudden passing […]
The Boston Globe published an article yesterday revealing severe discrimination against Black renters in Boston seeking housing. The report underlying the article can be found here: Qualified Renters Need Not Apply: Race and Voucher Discrimination in theMetro Boston Rental Housing Market
This New York Times article The Stark Racial Inequity of Personal Finances in America brings home the relationship between economic inequity and racial inequity. The Network’s priority regarding progressive tax reform reflects this commitment to a comprehensive approach to ending racial inequity in homelessness. On housing, the article reports: The widest homeownership gap in 50 […]
Thrilling news to report: the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the Western MA region over $4.3 million to end youth homelessness as part of its Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project! The Springfield/Hampden Continuum of Care (CoC) was awarded $2.4 million for Hampden County; the Three County CoC received $1.9 million for Franklin County. CONGRATULATIONS to […]
Over 150 leaders from across the four Western Massachusetts counties came together today to combat homelessness in the region and to learn from a newly released report by the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness. In a packed room at GreenfieldCommunity College, a dozen state legislators, including the five just elected from the Upper Pioneer […]
I am so terribly sorry to share the news that First Hampshire District’s State Representative Peter Kocot died yesterday after an illness. The article in today’s Daily Hampshire Gazette captures the statewide sentiment about this man of tremendous conviction, intelligence and passion to serve. Representative Kocot’s commitment to social and economic justice also specifically included […]
Rebecca Muller, a Network Leadership Council member, asked to post this article from Nautilus Magazine, Why Poverty is Like a Disease.” Food for thought and discussion as we go forth in this work.