Advocacy

Help Promote Key Bills on Homelessness Prevention, Housing, and Benefits for the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

List of the Coalition's 2017-2018 Bill Campaigns

  • The Coalition's 2017-2018 bill priority web page
  • Bill status updates (updated 7-13-18)
  • Overview fact sheet on bill priorities (PDF, updated 2-22-18)
  • Bill to eliminate fees and reduce barriers to accessing Massachusetts identification cards by people experiencing homelessness: An Act To Provide Identification to Homeless Youth and Families, filed by Senator Harriette Chandler (Senate Bill 2568, formerly Senate Bill 1906) and Representative Kay Khan (House Bill 2737); fact sheet (updated 8-10-18); advocacy page
  • 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 (House Bill 2077) and Senator Patricia Jehlen (Senate Bill 2039); fact sheet (updated 2-21-18); additional data fact sheet (updated 9-26-17); have your organization endorse the EAEDC budget and bill campaigns
  • Bill of rights for people experiencing homelessness: An Act providing a homeless bill of rights, filed by Representative William Smitty Pignatelli (House Bill 695) and An Act creating a bill of rights for people experiencing homelessness, filed by Senator Linda Dorcena Forry (Senate Bill 46); fact sheet (updated 6-14-17); advocacy page
  • Homelessness prevention bill to create a rental arrearage program for families, individuals, and unaccompanied youth, filed by Representative Marjorie Decker (House Bill 84); fact sheet (updated 2-23-18)
  • Bill to ensure that families experiencing homelessness are not required to stay in places not meant for human habitation before accessing shelter, filed by Representative Marjorie Decker (House Bill 659); fact sheet (updated 2-23-18)
  • 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: An Act to end child homelessness, filed by Representative Denise Provost (House Bill 115)
  • No Place Like Home bill: An Act to prevent homelessness among recipients of transitional assistance, filed by Representative Denise Provost (House Bill 114)
  • Bill to eliminate the family cap rule in the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) program: An Act relative to the well-being and care of a child,  filed by Senator Sal DiDomenico (Senate Bill 34) and Representative Marjorie Decker (House Bill 85); fact sheet (updated 2-16-18)
  • Bill to put the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program in state statute: An Act relative to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, filed by Senator Jamie Eldridge (Senate Bill 719)
  • Bill to support the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund: An Act to promote public health through prevention and wellness trust fund, filed by Senator Jason Lewis (Senate Bill 643) and Representatives Aaron Vega and Tackey Chan (House Bill 2480); fact sheet
More details on the Coalition's 2017-2018 bill campaigns are on this page.