Please share this. It’s an important issue that isn’t getting a lot of attention. We need a housing court on Cape Cod! (You can send emails over the weekend, the Senate deadline is Monday at noon)
Background (one of the the original posts about this issue): Call to Action! Ask your state legislators to support bill creating a Housing Court on Cape Cod
From Annette Duke, Housing Attorney, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute:
Today Senate Ways & Means Committee released its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Budget. Good news….
- Senate Ways & Means proposed $2.6 million – full funding for Housing Court expansion. If this remains in the Senate’s budget this will go to conference to be reconciled with what the House proposed which was $1.5 million.
- Senate Ways & Means proposed a $250,000 increase in the Tenancy Preservation Program (TPP) for a total of $750,000. TPP prevents very vulnerable tenants with disabilities from becoming homeless and is based only in Housing Court. It is a separate line item and not part of the Housing Court’s line item. The House final budget also proposed $750,000. The Housing Court 4 All Coalition is seeking full funding for TPP in the amount of $1.3 million to completely expand TPP to serve the new areas covered by the Housing Court.
Senator Julian Cyr from Barnstable County will file an amendment for $1.3 million for full funding for TPP. We have a real chance to get the increase that is needed to expand TPP.
- Ask your Senator to contact to Senator Cyr’s staff person Jordan Velozo at Jordan.Velozo@masenate.gov or call him at 617-722-1570, ext 1605.
- Email your Senator the TPP Fact Sheet
If you need any further information, please feel free to contact me.
Join us for our first meeting May 21st seating is limited – more information here.
(If you see errors or omissions please contact CapeCodWomenforChange@gmail.com)
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