Issues Alert: Housing Court Expansion Meeting on Cape Cod


Barnstable Hearing: Monday, October 30 from 8:30 -10:30 a.m
Meeting Location: The Harborview Conference Room, County Complex, 3195 Main St. Barnstable MA 02630
Local Host: Cape & Islands Regional Network on Homelessness

One of the issues on our priority state legislation list is the funding of a housing court expansion. A message from Annette R. Duke, Esq., of  Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.

Next Step – Community Meetings
On July 17, 2017, the FY18 budget expanded the housing court to all remaining unserved cities and towns and the Governor quickly announced vacancies for two housing court judges. Click to see the law. There are many moving parts and many questions about how expansion will happen.

MLRI – with local partners who worked for the expansion – will hold a series of community meetings to hear from Housing Court Chief Justice Tim Sullivan about what the Housing Court is putting in place and plans for the upcoming year; and for members of the community to ask questions and provide thoughts about expansion. We hope you can join us for these regional meetings. Please let others in your community know.

Where & When Will Meetings Be? Mark Your Calendar

Chelsea – Monday September 11th – 11 am-1 pm
hosted by Chelsea Collaborative

Malden – Monday September 18th – 8:30-11 am
hosted by Housing Families

Framingham – Wednesday September 20th – 5:30-7:30 pm
hosted by MetroWest Legal Services

Barnstable – Thursday, September 21 – 9:00-11:00 am
hosted by Cape and Islands Regional Network to Address Homelessness

Brockton – Monday September 25 – 5:30-7:30 pm
hosted by Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts

We will send out another email the first week of September with information about where meetings will be. It is very exciting to be able to start the expansion and put the many pieces together that afford all access.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Annette R. Duke, Esq.
Housing Attorney
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute


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