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Legislative and Administrative Testimony

Part of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless’ mission is to ensure that a voice is given to those most in need and to represent those who may not able to speak for themselves.  One way that we do this is to testify at public legislative hearings on bills that we support or oppose.  Each legislative session, the Coalition’s staff and member organizations give verbal or written testimony to inform and educate policy makers about matters before them. 
The following are a few samples of the testimony given over the past few years:

February 25, 2014: Coalition's testimony given to the Joint Committee on Housing in support of House Bill 3595, An Act providing a homeless bill of rights

December 28, 2011: Coalition's testimony given to the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development on the fiscal year 2013 budget

 July 19, 2011: Testimony given to the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities in support of House Bill No. 1862, An Act Providing Housing and Support Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (a.k.a Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Act)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, Arthur Lipkin, Chair. Read testimony here.

DIAL/SELF Youth and Community Services, Lisa Goldsmith, Director for Programs.  Read testimony here.

Join the Impact Massachusetts, Cathy Kristofferson.  Read testimony here.

L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc., Gordon L. Benson, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer.  Read testimony here.
Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Joan Meschino, Executive Director.  Read testimony here.

Massachusetts Catholic Conference, Kathryn M. Davis, M.Ed., Public Policy Coordinator.   Read testimony here.
Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Leslie Lawrence, Associate Director.  Read testimony here.

Massachusetts Task Force on Youth Aging Out of DCF Care, Amanda B. Rodriguez, Director.  Read testimony here.

Rediscovery, Danielle Ferrier, MBA, LICSW, Executive Director, Vice President of Justice Resource Institute.  Read testimony here.
Youth on Fire (a prevention program of the AIDS Action Committee), Ayala Livny, M.Ed, Program Manager.  Read testimony here.


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