We are seeking to pass An Act to protect families experiencing homelessness from having to sleep in unsafe places, which was filed again as a bill by Representative Marjorie Decker (House Docket 2406), as well as to include language in the Emergency Assistance line item (7004-0101) via the FY'20 budget.
Bill text: Chapter 23B of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting in Section 30, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, the following after "pregnant woman with no other children.":- "The department shall provide emergency housing assistance to eligible families including but not limited to families who on the date of application for emergency assistance have no other feasible alternative housing, as defined in 760 CMR 67.06.1(b), and who, but for not having spent 1 night in a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, including but not limited to a car, park, abandoned building, medical facility, bus or train station, airport or camping ground, would be eligible for emergency assistance under clauses (i), (ii), (iii) or (iv);”
Campaign materials will be posted shortly on http://www.mahomeless.org/advocacy/present-policy-campaigns
For your reference, the FY'19 budget fact sheet is here: http://www.mahomeless.org/images/ea_places_not_meant_for_human_habitation_chart_2-13-18.pdf
The 2017-2018 bill fact sheet is on this page: http://www.mahomeless.org/advocacy/item/2017-2018-bill-priorities
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