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Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
73 Buffum Street, Lynn, Massachusetts 01902
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 May 2017, at least 2,622 families with children first stayed in an unsafe place before ultimately being placed in shelter.
Please join us at the State House in Boston 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 and more details here: mahomeless.org/advocacy/item/ea-bill-hearing-8-17
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: kelly @ mahomeless.org.