Final Senate Budget Passed: Thank you to our Western MA Senators!

Yesterday, the Senate passed its final budget. Please go here to see the outcomes relative to the Network priorities. A couple of headlines: The Senate Amendment to fund the Network next year at $75,000, led by Senator Adam Hinds and supported by every Western MA Senator – Senator Comerford, Senator Gobi, Senator Gomez, Senator Lesser […]

Published in Uncategorized on May 28, 2021.

TODAY: 2 Important Events!

Here’s a final reminder for two important learning opportunities today: The Greater Springfield Regional Housing Analysis Report: Presentation and DiscussionTODAY, Wednesday, April 282-3:30 p.m.Register here. The Report will be presented by UMass Donahue Institute with a panel discussion facilitated by Keith Fairey, President and CEO of Way Finders and panelists: Gerry McCafferty, Director of Housing, […]

Published in Uncategorized on April 28, 2021.

Racial Equity and Housing Forum: Tues., 4/20

Please see the flyer here! Main Topics:1. History of Fair Housing in Massachusetts and the US2. Exclusion of Black Persons from Amherst Housing – evidence from archival research and oral history3. Assuring Access to Affordable Housing4. Increasing Housing Diversity 5. Beyond Affordable Housing: Normalizing opportunities for access to Amherst housing for persons of color6. Advocating […]

Published in Uncategorized on April 12, 2021.

A Must Read: The Black Lives Next Door

In case you missed it, Richard Rothstein’s New York Times‘ article “The Black Lives Next Door” on August 14 deserves a read by all of us. This is why we as a Network are centering racial justice work in all of our work to end homelessness. They are inextricably one and the same. If you […]

Published in Uncategorized on September 4, 2020.

Action: National Lobby Day – July 21 – for The Heroes Act

The National Low Income Housing Coalition is leading this effort – let’s join them! CONGRESS MUST ACT!JOIN US FOR VIRTUAL LOBBY DAY! Congress must pass the housing elements of the HEROES Act to protect low-income renters and prevent a tsunami of evictions Advocates for housing justice throughout the country are raising the concerns of low-income […]

Published in Advocacy, Uncategorized on July 10, 2020.

Action Alert: Right to Counsel Pilot Program – ask your legislator to co-sponsor!

We are joining with the MA Right to Counsel Coalition to organize around passage of an emergency bill to create a Right to Counsel Pilot Program (SD 2971)  that would protect renters and owner-occupants in areas of the state hardest hit by COVID-19, including communities in Western MA.  This particular bill (see factsheet here) is a […]

Published in Advocacy, Uncategorized on June 18, 2020.

Springfield-Hampden County CoC – Request for Proposals for Youth Rapid Rehousing

The Springfield-Hampden County Continuum of Care (CoC) has issued a Request for Proposals seeking one or more applicants to provide medium-term (up to 2 years) rapid rehousing for homeless youth and young adults (YYAs). The RFP seeks one or more agencies to provide a total of 30 units of rapid rehousing, to be staffed with a total […]

Published in Uncategorized on June 16, 2020.

Virtual Job Fairs Coming!

Our MassHires are moving their job fairs to the virtual realm. Check out the two below (with more to come): MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career CenterJune Virtual JOB EXPO Starts at 9am Monday June 22Ends at 4pm Wednesday June 24Visit 30 companies in 3 days PRE-REGISTER: Call 413-774-4361.  Not a career center member?  Simply go to Job Quest to create a Job Seeker […]

Published in Uncategorized on June 16, 2020.

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