HUD Withdraws Proposed Rule, Reaffirms Its Commitment to Equal Access to Housing, Shelters, and Other Services Regardless of Gender Identity

Good news from our federal government: On Thursday, April 22, 2021, HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced that HUD is withdrawing the previous administration’s proposed rule that would have weakened the Equal Access Rule. The Equal Access Rule ensures that all individuals—regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity—have equal access to the Department’s Office of […]

Published in News on April 23, 2021.

The Berkshire Eagle on Evictions

The Berkshire Eagle reported yesterday on “Hundreds of Actions Taken Related to State Evictions”, relying on both the Network and Community Legal Aid for comment. Thanks to journalist Danny Jin who reported: “Of the 449 such measures issued in December for possession or money judgment, 353 were for nonpayment of rent, according to a Jan. 15 […]

Published in Media, News on February 3, 2021.

NEW Eviction Protections Become Law!

Good news: new eviction protections are now law. As you may recall, these provisions were initially passed by the Legislature as outside sections of the FY21 budget which the Governor amended. The Legislature overrode the amendments (big thanks to our Western MA Legislators for their steadfast commitment) and passed the language as a bill, An […]

Published in Advocacy, Network, News on January 6, 2021.

Western MA Evictions and Homelessness in the Media

On Sunday, the New York Times published a front page article on evictions in Western MA, featuring the Hampden County Sheriff’s Office and Rose Webster-Smith, the coordinator at Springfield No One Leaves and a steadfast Network partner. Over the last week, the Daily Hampshire Gazette published 3 articles on evictions and homelessness: Sheltering in Place: […]

Published in News, Press Coverage on December 21, 2020.

COVID-19 Survey to Distribute WIDELY!

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 […]

Published in News on September 22, 2020.

The Loss of A Champion: Chief Justice Ralph Gants

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 […]

Published in News on September 15, 2020.

‘Outrageously High’ Discrimination Found Against Black Renters in Boston

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

Published in News on July 2, 2020.

Racial Inequity and Money and Housing

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 […]

Published in News on June 11, 2020.

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