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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.  *

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 see the text of the youth homelessness bill, as signed into law by former Governor Deval Patrick on January 6, 2015, please click here: Chapter 450 of the Acts of 2014. Thank you for your years of work to help make this happen!

To participate in the launch of our Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children Program (EAEDC) bill 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'16 Budget Campaigns 

Information on the Coalition's 2015-2016 Bill Campaigns 

  • Overall bill priority fact sheet
  • Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children Program (EAEDC) bill: An Act relative to assisting elders and people with disabilities in the Commonwealth, filed by Representative Jim O'Day and lead Senate sponsor Senator Patricia Jehlen (currently House Docket 2741): Fact sheet (updated 2-20-15)
  • Bill of Rights for People Experiencing Homelessness: An Act providing a homeless bill of rights, filed by Representative William Smitty Pignatelli (currently House Docket 691): Fact sheet
  • Bill to protect families with children who are being evicted from subsidized housing or terminated from shelter from having to stay in places not meant for human habitation: Filed by Representative Denise Provost (currently House Docket 231)
  • Sample of the Coalition's letter to legislators to request co-sponsorship of these three bills

 

Previous 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)

 

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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