The Unaccompanied Youth Working Group completed a Directory of emergency shelter and transitional housing available in Western Massachusetts. You can also find it on our blog by clicking here.
Meanwhile, the Mass. Coalition for the Homeless offers this state budget update and action alert regarding funding for unaccompanied youth:
The Senate Ways and Means budget that was released on Wednesday did not include funding for unaccompanied youth and the youth commission’s efforts. Senator Clark will be filing the same amendment that Rep. O’Day filed in the House to try to secure $500,000 to fund a count, staff the commission, and implement demonstration projects. Below is Rep. O’Day’s amendment, which ultimately was included in the House’s Consolidated Amendment I for $150,000.
Please call your State Senator today to ask her/him to sign onto this amendment and to actively support it throughout the caucus and debate processes. Co-sponsors can contact Natalie in Senator Clark’s office (email@example.com)
or can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org
), as I am helping Natalie keep track of co-sponsors. Amendments have to filed by Friday at 3 p.m., and co-sponsors can be added via Senator Clark’s office until the debate starts (the scheduled start is next Wednesday, May 22nd.)