Category Archives: Advocacy

Sign on to Protect HUD Funding: Deadline Today!

From the National Low  Income Housing Coalition:

The NLIHC is working is working with a coalition of national organizations to circulate a sign on letter to protect federal funding for housing, as well as many other crucial programs.

The nondefense discretionary (NDD) coalition will send the letter to legislators next week, urging them to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction, and particularly to ensure adequate funding for NDD programs, such as HUD and rural housing programs, among others.

NLIHC is working to make sure there is a strong show of support on the letter from housing, community development, and homeless organizations. Please sign on!

The deadline to sign is COB TODAY. 

You can sign on at http://nlihc.org/takeaction/ndd2106, and you can view the letter to Congress at http://bit.ly/1wXaLG4.

Thank you everyone!

Senate President Stan Rosenberg’s Inaugural Address

On January 7, 2015, Senator Stan Rosenberg was inaugurated as Senate President, a proud moment for all of us in the Western region.  An excerpt from his inaugural address is below, and you can read the complete address here.

No one who works 40 or 60 or 80 hours a week should find themselves needing our help. They should find those resources in their paychecks; the resources to make not only ends meet but to have a decent, happy, fulfilling life. Together, we can and must do this.

One way we can address these issues is to modernize our state’s tax code, so that not just the wealthy benefit from its deductions and exemptions but so do the poor and middle class can reap benefits as well.

Our governor-elect speaks of one such adjustment: an updating of the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit, the provision in the tax code that rewards hard work.

The state Earned Income Tax Credit was an idea developed by this very body in my committee in 1997. But since then, much has changed. Inflation has whittled away at value of this benefit for those who qualify. The original premise of the policy – that we should encourage people to work rather than slip into government assistance – must be renewed.

I urge this senate to join with the Governor to meaningfully update the Earned Income Tax Credit so that we make sure those who are struggling to make ends meet are rewarded for their hard work. Together, we can and must do this.

In a state that has proudly pioneered innovation in business and in the nonprofit sector, it’s time to infuse new innovation into the public sector as well. Last year, breakdowns in our IT systems led to cost overruns, lost benefits for our residents, widespread consumer dissatisfaction, and frankly an embarrassment for our state government. In response, we passed a number of concrete reforms designed to clean up our IT procurement process. Butlet’s work with the Governor-elect to take further steps, not just to fix existing problems but to unleash the entrepreneurial talents of the Commonwealth to make state government work better, deliver more, and do so in innovative and ultimately, more efficient ways. Budgets are tight. We need to deliver more for the buck. Together, we can and must do that, too.

But our work doesn’t end there. Together, we need to build safer roads and bridges; invest in public transit to foster economic growth; tackle climate change to protect our shorelines andour children’s’ future; invest in education at every level; reform our criminal justice system to make sure our laws are both tough and smart, and continue to fight the horrors of drug addiction.

To speak of these pressing needs is not to discount the need to resolve our Immediate budget problem. But it is to send a message: We must protect our investments in our people and our infrastructure. These are our future. Together, we can and must do this.

New Year’s Action Alert for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

Please see the action alert below from the Mass. Coalition for the Homeless regarding the last actions needed to pass legislation to support unaccompanied homeless youth.  Please act now if you can!

Good news! Yesterday, the State Senate took action on the unaccompanied youth homelessness bill, House Bill 4517. The bill was reported out favorably, with minor changes, by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. It then was passed to be engrossed by the full Senate. Even though the House previously also had passed the bill on their side, the bill has been sent back to the House for concurrence, due to the amendment.
The bill is back at the House Committee on Bills in the Third Reading, chaired by Representative Ted Speliotis of Danvers. We are pushing for the bill to move out of Third Reading in time for the House to approve the amended version of the bill and send it back to the Senate for another vote tomorrow. Time is running short, but passage still is possible.
Please take a few minutes today to reach out to key decision makers in support of the bill:
Please take action today to help ensure that the bill crosses the finish line in the final days of this legislative session and is signed into law by the Governor.
 
Your actions can make this holiday season brighter for the thousands of youth and young adults across the Commonwealth who are experiencing homelessness out on their own, without a parent or guardian.
Thank you for your continued support!
With gratitude,
Kelly Turley

Director of Legislative Advocacy

 

Focus Group for Nonprofit Provider Face in Helping Homeless Families – Aug. 12, 1:30 pm

The Center for Social Policy, Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), and other groups are working to highlight the barriers that nonprofit staff face in
helping homeless families and those at risk of homelessness access services to achieve
stability. You can help by share your challenges and ideas in a focus group hosted by Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority (FCRHRA) in Greenfield. Your experience and ideas can help remove barriers for families struggling to make ends meet.

What
Focus group about the challenges nonprofit staff face in helping families access
affordable housing, child care, education, job training, and other resources.

When
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 1:30—3:00 pm

Where
Greenfield Community College –Main Campus
1 College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301

For more information or to sign up to participate contact Charity Day, 413-863-9781