Action Alert: Help Shelter Homeless Residents in Massachusetts!
August 29, 2023
Deputy Director of Public Policy
On August 8th, Governor Healey declared a state of emergency and issued a call to action to expand resources for shelter, housing, and services for the more than 5,000 families now in the state's emergency shelter system.
Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) and New Lease for Homeless Families (New Lease) are working with the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and Massachusetts Law Reform Institute to bring the affordable housing community together to support the Healey-Driscoll Administration in preserving access to Family Shelter System, ensuring housing stability, and improving services for all families experiencing homelessness. Read our statement here.
How You Can Help?
CHAPA and New Lease are collecting information about available apartments along with information from property owners about what is needed to make these homes available to families who are in shelters.
If you have already entered information into the state's portal, please continue to fill out this form and let us know that you have sent information to the state via the last question. By collecting this information, we can better work with you and the state to overcome any barriers to renting these apartments to families. We will share all of this information with the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities so that they can support households in finding a home they can afford.
In addition to opening up housing opportunities, please contribute to the Massachusetts Migrant Families Relief Fund, a partnership between United Way of Massachusetts Bay and The Boston Foundation to address the humanitarian crisis faced by migrants seeking asylum in Massachusetts, while also supporting the local, community-based organizations serving new arrivals.
Thank you for all you do to expand affordable housing opportunities so that everyone can have a safe, healthy, home they can afford.