Somerville Homeless Coalition

Legislative Updates

Legislative News/Updates:

7/31/2017 Our Homes Our Voices Rally   —  Organized by the Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA).

Tell Congress to lift the low spending caps and fully invest in affordable housing resources that help people with low incomes keep a roof over their heads.

Monday, July 31, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Sam Adams Park (in front of Faneuil Hall) Speakers including Mayor Martin Walsh, City of Boston Click here for more information.

7/13/2017 — information provided by CHAPA Housing eBriefs

The FY18 Budget Proposal was delivered to Governor Baker on July 7.

The $40.2 billion budget includes key investments in affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development.

The Legislature provided increases for MRVP, AHVP, Public Housing Reform, RAFT, the Tenancy Preservation Program, and Home and Healthy for Good. The budget also authorized the statewide expansion of Housing Court.

The Governor now has the opportunity to sign the budget or send it back to the Legislature with vetoes. The House and Senate can then vote to override those vetoes.

  2/7/2017 The 2017 Legislative Season is starting up and it’s time to contact your elected officials and let them know it’s important to you that they Advocate for Legislation, such as by supporting the Mass. Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), and Emergency Aid to Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC).  For more information, see the bill priority fact sheet provided by the Mass. Coalition for the Homeless. You can join with others who will be lobbying at the State House in Boston on:
  • Wednesday, February 8 for “Cookie Day” organized by Homes for Families
  • Monday, February 27 for Legislative Action Day, organized by the Mass. Coalition for the Homeless

Resources for contacting your State Representatives and Legislators:

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Year after year, families tell us that the #1 resource they need to overcome homelessness is HOUSING SUBSIDIES.

A study commissioned by HUD shows that HOUSING SUBSIDIES are the most effective intervention to assure housing stability for families experiencing homelessness.

Recent articles have suggested that HOUSING SUBSIDIES should be administered like the SNAP program, in that everyone who is eligible should be able to get assistance.

In the early 1990’s Massachusetts spent $120 Million on the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program – the state’s HOUSING SUBSIDY program. At that time, less than $50 Million was spent on family shelter.  The program was decimated and family homelessness skyrocketed, only compounded by the Great Recession.

We are making progress in reducing the reliance on motels, but we must continue to work towardshousing solutions to homelessness and have tools to combat the high cost of rent in the Commonwealth. Right now, we have the opportunity to fully restore funding the MRVP Program.

Please contact your State Senator and say,

My name is ________, I am from _______. I am contacting your office to ask that you please co-sponsor Senator Linda Dorcena Forry’s amendment to increase funding to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, line item 7004-9024.  The amendment will increase funding from $100 Million to $120 Million and allow for better data tracking and increase the rent cap to better match the high cost of rent in Massachusetts.  This amendment will help address homelessness.  Thank you.

If you are interested in more information and advocacy opportunities about housing, homelessness and other related issues in the Senate Ways and Means Budget:

click here to visit our blog.

*Thanks to Homes for Families for the above information. —————————————————————————————————————————

2016 Cookie Day — 2/14/16 — Support the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program!

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Resources for contacting your State Representatives and Legislators:


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Mailing Address
P.O. Box 440436 Somerville, MA 02144

Administration & Housing Services
1 Davis Square Somerville, MA 02144
Phone: 617-623-6111
Fax: 617-776-7165
*TTY Number 617-776-0750

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