Public PolicyThe 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.
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!
Current Policy Campaigns
Fall 2015 Supplemental Budget Campaign:
- Stand Up with Families without Homes: Ask Your Legislators to Oppose Family Shelter Access Restrictions in the Supplemental Budget: Action alert, 9-10-15 web version and PDF version; fact sheet for you; fact sheet to share with your legislators
Information on the Coalition's 2015-2016 Bill Campaigns
- Overall bill priority fact sheet (updated with bill numbers, 3-23-15)
- 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 (House Bill 529): Fact sheet (updated 7-29-15), legislative page
- Bill of Rights for People Experiencing Homelessness: An Act providing a homeless bill of rights, filed by Representative William Smitty Pignatelli (House Bill 1129): Fact sheet (updated 6-23-15), legislative page; flyer for 7-28-15 bill hearing at the State House
- 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 (House Bill 119): Legislative page
- Sample of the Coalition's letter to legislators to request co-sponsorship of these three bills
- Expanding the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) homelessness prevention program: Campaign fact sheet; downloadable organizational endorsement form; online organizational endorsement
Check back frequently for updates and additional campaign information.
Information on the Coalition's FY'16 Budget Campaigns
- Veto override campaign letter to Legislative Leadership to restore funding for housing/services for unaccompanied youth and for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (7-17-15); press release (7-22-15); email to Legislators (7-23-15)
- Conference Committee budget outcomes (7-8-15)
- Overall budget priority fact sheet (updated 4-15-15); letter to FY'16 budget Conference Committee members
- Senate budget amendment fact sheet
- Housing and services for unaccompanied youth (updated 5-7-15)
- Emergency Assistance family shelter and services program (EA) (updated 3-26-15); House budget amendment fact sheet
- HomeBASE re-housing and homelessness diversion resources for families: Senate budget amendment fact sheet; House budget amendment fact sheet
- Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP)
- Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP)
- Transitional Aid to Families with Dependment Children program (TAFDC) House budget amendment fact sheet