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Legislative Action Day 2021

February 24 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am


Register Today to Be Part of Legislative Action Day

Please register todayfor Legislative Action Day 2021, taking place online on Wednesday, February 24th, 9:30-11:30 a.m.Look forward to hearing from inspiring speakers, learning how to advocate with legislators, and meeting virtually with your state legislators and legislative staff to talk about issues and policy recommendations to address homelessness in Massachusetts.

This year’s Legislative Action Day event will be sponsored by State Representative Jim O’Day, and will feature remarks from Diane Yentel, the President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

In the afternoon, after the morning plenary session, participants will meet virtually with legislative offices. Just indicate on your registration form if you need help setting up meetings with your legislators, and we will work to set up appointments for you.

At Legislative Action Day, we will be pushing for key FY22 state budget prioritiesand 2021-2022 bill priorities*, including:

  • Increasing access to homelessness prevention resources
  • Guaranteeing housing stability during the pandemic and beyond
  • Easing access to Mass ID cards for people experiencing homelessness
  • See An Act to provide identification to youth and adults experiencing homelessness, House Docket 984and Senate Docket 636
  • Passing the bill of rights for people experiencing homelessness and creating a right to housing
  • Extending HomeBASE benefits for families facing a return to homelessness
  • See An Act promoting housing stability for families by strengthening the HomeBASE program, House Docket 1696
  • Maximizing housing and services for unaccompanied youth and young adults
  • Strengthening the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) and Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC) cash assistance programs
  • See An Act relative to assisting elders and people with disabilities in the Commonwealth, House Docket 1395and Senate Docket 758
  • See An Act to lift kids out of deep poverty,House Docket 1158and Senate Docket 430
  • Creating more housing subsidies under the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program and the Alternative Housing Voucher Program
  • Establishing an ombudsperson unit at the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to promote access, equity, and transparency
  • Ensuring that households are not terminated from benefits programs during the pandemic, streamlining access to benefits by creating an online application process for the Emergency Assistance program (EA), requiring DHCD to maintain local offices for access to DHCD benefits, and removing assets as countable income for benefits programs if the assets do not create income on their own
  • See An Act removing barriers to lifting people out of poverty, Senate Docket 143
  • Sealing certain eviction records
  • See An Act promoting housing opportunity and mobility through eviction sealing (HOMES), Senate Docket 798
  • Promoting progressive revenue raising

Registration is quick, easy, and free: Register now.

We still have a couple of slots open for speakers. If you are interested in being a speaker and sharing your personal testimony and expertise at the event, or helping the Coalition identify speakers, please contact Marwa.

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February 24
9:30 am - 11:30 am