Our hearts are filled with gratitude for all of your support for last week’s Legislative Action Day at the State House! We had more than 200 people with us: families, youth, and adults with lived experience of homelessness, providers, advocates, legislators, and other people of conscience, all speaking up for solutions to homelessness, housing instability, and poverty, and taking action to ensure that everyone has a place to call home.
We are especially grateful to all of our event volunteers, including planning team member Charles Dietrick, and speakers: community members with lived experience of homelessness, legislators, and advocates (see the agenda here). Check out State House News coverage of the event and some photos from the day (and please share additional photos to be added to the album, along with any photo credit or suggested caption).
We also are very thankful to everyone who met with and/or called legislators and staff in the afternoon to advocate for key homelessness and housing bill and budget priorities– including the #EveryoneNeedsID Mass ID access bill that passed the Senate unanimously on Legislative Action Day! Links to fact sheets on the Coalition’s key FY’21 budget requests (PDF), 2019-2020 bill priorities (PDF), and other materials are on the Legislative Action Day page.
If you did speak with legislators and staff, please complete the legislative response form. If you didn’t, it is not too late! Please contact your State Representative and State Senator and/or their staff in the week ahead to express your support for the Coalition’s budget and bill priorities. Ask your State Senator and State Representative to actively support these priorities throughout the FY’21 budget process and this bill session. Legislators’ contact information can be found at www.malegislature.gov/people/search or at www.wheredoivotema.com. Here are some other tips for talking to legislative offices.
From across the Commonwealth, we raised our voices with one message, and took action to end homelessness. Let’s continue to build up that momentum!
Thank you for your partnership and solidarity!