Endorse Our Campaign to Ensure that Families with Children Do Not Have to Sleep in Places Not Meant for Human Habitation!
Please complete this form to have your organization officially endorse the campaign to finally eliminate state policy that requires many families experiencing homelessness to first stay in places not meant for human habitation before qualifying for Emergency Assistance (EA) family shelter through the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

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 Bill 1265: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H1265), 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);”

The bill campaign fact sheet is here: http://www.mahomeless.org/images/ea_places_not_meant_for_human_habitation_bill_fact_sheet_3-25-19.pdf

Additional campaign materials for the EA campaign and other initiatives are posted on http://www.mahomeless.org/advocacy/present-policy-campaigns

The FY'20 budget campaign details can be found here: http://www.mahomeless.org/images/FY20_Budget_Priorities_2-26-19.pdf

For more details, please contact Kelly: kelly@mahomeless.org
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