Stand Up with Families Experiencing Homelessness: Join Us for a State House Bill Hearing on August 22nd!

Stand Up with Families Experiencing Homelessness: Join Us for a State House Bill Hearing on August 22nd!
July 27, 2017; updated August 25th

Massachusetts currently requires many families experiencing homelessness to prove that they already have stayed in a place not meant for human habitation before being eligible for a shelter placement through the state's Emergency Assistance (EA) program. In fact, between the policy's implementation in the fall of 2012 and June 30, 2017, at least 2,682 families with children first stayed in an unsafe place before ultimately being placed in shelter.

Please join us at the State House on Tuesday, August 22nd to show your support for House Bill 659, An Act to protect families experiencing homelessness from having to sleep in unsafe places. This bill was filed by Representative Marjorie Decker of Cambridge. See our bill fact sheet here and listen to the personal testimony of advocate/mother, Lynnette.

The Joint Committee on Housing will be taking testimony that day on this and other bills related to the Department of Housing and Community Development and manufactured housing. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m., and will be held in Room B-2. The committee is chaired by Senator Joe Boncore and Representative Kevin Honan.

Please contact Kelly if you are able to provide in-person, written, and/or video testimony in support of the bill. 

*Please also complete this form if your organization is able to be an official endorser of the legislation.*

Current endorsers include: 
  • Advocacy Network to End Family Homelessness
  • Allston-Brighton Health Collaborative
  • Arise for Social Justice
  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
  • Central West Justice Center
  • EMPath
  • Greater Boston Legal Services
  • Horizons for Homeless Children
  • Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
  • Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
  • MetroWest Legal Services
  • MLPB
  • National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter
  • Northeast Justice Center
  • Out Now
  • Partners HealthCare
  • Poor People‚Äôs United Fund
  • Project Hope
Important links: ea places not meant for human habitation chart 8 2 17 for website