Call to Action, TODAY! Please help domestic violence victims, ask your state senator to fully fund a Housing Court expansion for Cape Cod

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:

Good News
Today Senate Ways & Means Committee released its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Budget. Good news….

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Action Needed
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. 
Please contact your Senator today and ask them to sign-on to Senator Cyr’s amendment. Even if Julian Cyr is your senator, let him know you support this bill and thank him.
Deadline for Senators to file amendments is Monday at noon.
  1. Ask your Senator to contact to Senator Cyr’s staff person Jordan Velozo at or call him at 617-722-1570, ext 1605.
  2. Email your Senator the TPP Fact Sheet

If you need any further information, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you for work on this. It makes a BIG difference.


Annette R. Duke, Esq.
Housing Attorney
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
40 Court, Suite 800, Boston, MA 02108
617-357-0700, ext 334

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  • This is great! It would be super helpful if you provided phone #’s for our senators.

    Thanks! >

    • Hi – can’t post live links here in comments – but the contact information is towards the bottom of the message from Annette Duke. I just copied it and added it to the top. They are links to contact info for both cape cod and anywhere else.

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