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Public Policy

The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless has a rich three-decade history as a leader in the fight to prevent and end homelessness here in the Commonwealth. The agency is steadfast in our belief that homelessness can be resolved by supplying safe, affordable, permanent housing for the lowest income households and providing opportunities for families and individuals to build economic stability.  To achieve these goals, the Coalition and our members undertake campaigns in support of affordable housing, income and benefit programs, access to education, and emergency shelter.


* Mark your calendar! The Coalition's 2015 Legislative Action Day will be held at the State House in the Great Hall on Thursday, March 5, 2015. Pre-registration is now open. More details to be released in the months ahead.  *

* Thank you for inviting your State Representative and State Senator to join us for our World Homeless Day briefing at the State House on Wednesday, October 8th. Your outreach helped to make the event a success! *

 To learn more about our unaccompanied youth homelessness campaign, please click here. To read the latest report of the Massachusetts Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, click here.

 To learn more about our campaign on Emergency Assistance shelter and services for families with children campaign, please click here for FY'14 information and here for FY'13 information.

 To participate in the launch of our FY'16 Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children Program (EAEDC) campaign, please click here for the fact sheetendorsement form (PDF), and the online fillable endorsement form. For more information, please contact Sr. Linda Bessom at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-595-7570 x18.


Current Policy Campaigns

Information on the Coalition's FY'15 Budget Campaigns 

FY'15 Conference Committee Advocacy (June 2014):

FY'15 Senate Budget Debate Fact Sheets (May 2014):

  • Outcomes of key Senate amendments (5-23-14) (Please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you would like a Word version with clickable links)
  • Overview of key Senate budget amendments to share with Senators
  • Preliminary overview of the Senate Ways and Means budget and key Senate budget amendments (updated 5-15-14)


FY'15 House Budget Debate Fact Sheets and Key Amendment Links (April 2014):

  • Outcomes of key House amendments (5-2-14) (Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like a Word version with clickable links)
  • Overview of key House budget amendments to share with Representatives (4-23-14)
  • Overview of the House Ways and Means budget and key House budget amendments (4-10-14)
  • Unaccompanied youth homelessness:
  • Emergency Assistance (EA):
  • Seven Day Temporary Emergency Accommodations (SDTEA):
  • Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP):
  • HomeBASE Housing Assistance Program:
    • Amendment #463 fact sheet and amendment language, to increase the limit on HomeBASE assistance to $8,000/family and allow families to re-access funds after 12 months of first receiving HomeBASE (Lead sponsor: Representative DiZoglio)
  • Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program (TAFDC):
    • Amendment #1108, to increase monthly cash benefits to TAFDC program participants (Lead sponsor: Representative Decker)
  • McKinney-Vento school transportation for students experiencing homelessness:
    • Amendment #772, to increase McKinney-Vento funds to $14.9 million (Lead sponsor: Representative Stanley (See also Amendments #999 and #747, which would also increase the funding to $14.9 million)


Information on the Coalition's 2013-2014 Bill Priorities (For the 188th Legislative Session)

Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness Bill:  An Act to provide housing and support services to unaccompanied homeless youth, filed by Representative Jim O'Day and former Senator Katherine Clark: Fact sheet (updated 12-16-14) and text of House Bill 4517 (formerly House Bill 135)

"No Place Like Home" Homelessness Prevention Bill:  An Act to prevent homelessness among recipients of transitional assistance, filed by Representative Denise Provost: Fact sheet and text of House Bill 143

Invest in Our Communities Bill: An Act to invest in our communities, filed by Representative Jim O'Day and Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz: Fact sheet and text of House Bill 2687/Senate Bill 1313

Bill of Rights for People Experiencing Homelessness: An Act providing a homeless bill of rights, filed by Representative William Smitty Pignatelli: Fact sheet (updated 2-19-14), text of House Bill 3595, and the Coalition's testimony in support of the bill to the Joint Committee on Housing

Housing Bond Bill: An Act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents, filed by Representative Kevin Honan: Original bill text, House Bill 1127; current bill text, House Bill 3492Draft of September 2013 sign-on letter circulated by Representative Jeffrey Sanchez Victory!: This bill, which will provide $1.4 billion for the production and preservation of housing over the next 5 years, was signed into law on November 14, 2013!

Welfare Reform Bill: Letter to welfare reform bill conferees from the Welfare Coalition (including the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless) on standing with low-income families participating in the state's Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) cash assistance program and letter to conferees from the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and partner agencies (including the Coalition) on housing and homelessness issues related to proposed provisions impacting noncitizen/mixed immigration status households. *Call to action, January 8, 2014*



Previous Campaigns:

Information on the Coalition's FY'14 Budget Campaigns

FY'14 Conference Committee Budget Advocacy Materials:

FY'14 Senate Budget Debate Fact Sheets:

FY'14 House Budget Debate Fact Sheets:


The Coalition's Previous Legislative Priorities

Overview of the Coalition's FY'13 budget priorities and 2011-2012 bill priorities (Please note that the FY'13 priorities are for the state fiscal year that started on July 1, 2012 and ends on June 30, 2013.)

Fact Sheets on the Coalition's FY'13 Budget Campaigns

Conference Committee/Post-Conference Committee Budget Materials:

Other Budget Materials

The Coalition's Bill Priorities for the 2011-2012 Legislative Session

 To learn about the Coalition's previous legislative priorities for Fiscal Year 2012 (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012), click here.


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