DHCD REQUEST FOR INFORMATION for Individual Shelter System

Please see this announcement below from DHCD: The Individual Shelter System and Rapid Transition for Individuals Request for Information has been posted on COMMBUYS.  You can access the page here. Comments and Information can be provided by: Submitting written comments to Gordon.Calkins@mass.gov with the subject line “Individual Shelter System and RTI RFI” by 5pm, November 12, 2021  .  DHCD will […]

Published in Uncategorized on October 18, 2021.

September 2021 Meeting and Task Force Minutes

Western MA COVID-19 Task Force Meeting Minutes – 9/14/21 Three County Individual Services Meeting Minutes – 9/13/21 Family Services Committee Meeting Minutes – 9/14/21 Youth and Young Adult Services Committee Meeting Minutes – 9/22/21 Career Services Committee Meeting Minutes – 9/22/21

Published in Uncategorized on October 12, 2021.

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.

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