Please read below for this important message from CHAPA – and please act!
Dear friends and colleagues,
Please call your State Representative today and ask them to take action to support An Act Relative to Community Housing and Services filed by Representative Kevin Honan to increase the Commonwealth’s focus on supportive housing.
Permanent Supportive Housing reduces homelessness by providing families and indivudals with an affordable home that includes supports and services to enable these residents to maintain safe and stable housing, and avoid the costs of eviction, shelter, poorer health and related healthcare costs. It also enables many seniors and persons with disabilities to maintain independence and avoid more costly institutional living.
An Act Relative to Community Housing and Services, H. 368/S. 1967 will lead to 1,000 new supportive housing opportunities over the next three years and expand the housing opportunities many Commonwealth residents need to be independent and successful. The bill focuses on promoting better coordination among the various agencies involved in housing and services to eliminate silos and deploy existing resources most effectively.
Please ask your Representative to contact Speaker DeLeo and Chairman Dempsey today to indicate strong support for passing H. 368/S. 1967 before the House recesses on November 16th. The legislation passed the Senate unanimously in July and is before the House Committee on Ways and Means. If you’ve already contacted your Representative on this issue, please call back and check in to see if they have a status update.
The bill text is available at: http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/Senate/S01967
Visit http://www.malegislature.gov/People/Search to find contact information for your Representative. Thank you and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Director of Public PolicyCHAPA
ph: (617) 742-0820 x103