Urgent Housing Action

Good evening, Neighbors.

Over the last few weeks, we have seen requests for rental and utility assistance rise dramatically. As the summer continues (and temperatures rise), we expect to see even greater need. Many rental assistance programs have run out of funding, leaving residents with few places to turn. Not enough has been done to help renters and homeowners during this time of crisis, and rent is due tomorrow.

There are several bills currently in the Massachusetts Legislature that would help renters and homeowners in Malden if passed, and we encourage all of our neighbors to reach out to your representatives! Your phone calls and emails do make a difference.

IN THE STATE HOUSE

Legislation Number: HD.5166
Title:
An Act to guarantee housing stability during the COVID-19 emergency and recovery
Link: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD5166

Summary: HD.5166 was introduced by MA representatives Mike Connolly and Kevin G. Honan, and will equally benefit renters and landlords, keeping more Maldonians of all income levels in their homes. The Act would ensure that no renters can be evicted, no rents increased, and no foreclosures can proceed without due cause for 12 months following the end of Massachusetts’ emergency declaration. It also will provide emergency funding for middle and low income landlords and renters impacted by COVID-19.

Contact our Representatives:
STEVE ULTRINO (Co-Sponsor)
Steven.Ultrino@mahouse.gov
617-722-2460

PAUL DONATO
Paul.Donato@mahouse.gov
617-722-2180

KATE LIPPER-GARABEDIAN
kate.lipper-garabedian@mahouse.gov
617-722-2356

IN THE STATE SENATE

Legislation Number: S.2785
Title:
An Act promoting housing stability and homelessness prevention through a right to counsel pilot program in Massachusetts in response to the COVID-emergency
Link: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S2785

Summary: S.2785 was introduced by MA representative Sal DiDominico to promote housing stability and prevent homelessness by enacting a right to counsel pilot program in response to the COVID-19 emergency. This program would provide legal representation to the most vulnerable renters in the Commonwealth including families, elderly, disabled, and other low-income individuals who might otherwise not be able to afford legal representation. 

Contact our Representative:
JASON LEWIS (Petitioner)
Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov
617-722-1206

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