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FY20 State Budget is final and so is good news for housing and homelessness priorities!

Governor Baker signed into law the FY20 budget of $43.32 billion yesterday without any spending vetoes. This is great news for the Commonwealth in general and for housing and homelessness priorities in particular.  A reminder on a few of the highlights (see full breakdown here): Mass Rental Voucher Program: an increase to $110 million (plus …

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The FY20 Conference Committee Budget: Good news!

Yesterday, the House and Senate voted to adopt the Conference Committee’s proposed FY20 budget. A resounding THANK YOU to our fabulous Western MA delegation for their leadership in making this budget possible. It contains significant steps forward in our mission to prevent and end homelessness, including many Network priorities: Mass Rental Voucher Program: an increase to $110 …

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A big day on Beacon Hill for the Network’s legislative agenda

I am pleased to provide an update on the Network’s legislative activity that culminated in hearings on Beacon Hill yesterday regarding 5 of the Network’s legislative priorities:  Right to counsel for tenants facing eviction proceedings Eviction sealing (HOMES Act) Reducing cliff effects (access to necessary state data and a pilot program); and  Act of Living …

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TODAY: Join National Tweetstorm or Comment to Keep Families Together

Please see this action alert below from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Whether it’s a tweet or submitting a comment, it will take only a minute and we have until the deadline of TOMORROW, July 9, to be heard! From NLICH: Thanks to your efforts, over 10,000 comments have been submitted in response to …

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Action Alert! Still time to weigh in on FY20 budget for housing and homelessness priorities

Please see this alert below from the MA Coalition for the Homeless: With July 1st just around the corner, the Legislature is working to finalize the FY’20 state budget before the new fiscal year launches. We want to make sure the budget that emerges is as strong as possible on homelessness, housing, and benefits issues. Please …

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Network Letter in Support of Amherst Affordable Housing Development

The Valley Community Development Corporation is proposing to develop 28 supportive studio units of affordable housing in Amherst. Unfortunately, some residents of the neighborhood are organizing intensely in opposition. Below is the text of a letter the Network sent to the Amherst Town Council, FYI. The Town of Amherst is hosting a COMMUNITY FORUM: Monday, …

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