Advocacy Opportunities

Upcoming hearings for OSG bills

On Solid Ground’s priority bill S.31 is up for hearing on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019.

Please reach out to the Joint Committee on Children, Families and people with Disabilities and ask them to vote in favor of the bills to help obtain better data on homelessness and system coordination. Click here to see the legislators on the Committee.

Sample testimony in support of S.31

An Act Providing for Coordinated Data and Assistance to Address Family Homelessness (S.31) – Filed by Sen. Comerford

This bill increases data transparency and system coordination by directing state agencies to report on certain homelessness related measures and their current system coordination efforts to improve access to support services to families. The bill also makes benefit program information more accessible to families through an agency telephone hotline and website.

An Act Relative to Economic Mobility for Families with Low-Income (H.173/ S.58) – Filed by Rep. Aaron Vega & Sen. Jason Lewis

This bill directs the Secretariats to study the impacts of minimum wage increases on cliff effects and accordingly make changes in assistance programs to avoid the cliffs. The bill also makes data and information around economic mobility and assistance programs more accessible to families so that they are better informed and can benefit from the available resources.

Click here for Fact sheet on On Solid Ground’s main legislative priority.

Stay tuned for a full list of On Solid Ground’s legislative agenda!

End of 2017-2018 Legislative session Updates:

On Solid Ground’s legislative priority, the Economic Mobility Commission language was included in the Economic Development Bill that was passed by the legislature. The Governor amended the language and deferred the commission’s work to DHCD. Stay tuned for next steps on this priority.

OSG Priority – Outcome Checklist at the End of 2018 – 2019 Legislative session

MA State Budget – Most of On Solid Ground’s priorities received increased funding and program improvements in the FY19 budget. Click here to see the OSG Budget chart. 

Massachusetts Senate Announces Budget – May 10th

On May 10th, the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means (SWM) released its FY2019 state budget proposal. The $41.2 billion budget includes many increased investments for education, affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development programs. Thanks to Chairwoman Karen Spilka for these investments. Click here for Mass Budget’s analysis of the MA Senate Budget.

Amendments to the SWM budget have been filed. Click here to see OSG’s list of priority amendments to the SWM budget for FY19 to support and further strengthen our economic mobility and homelessness prevention priorities. The Senate will debate and vote on its budget the week of May 21st.

Please call or email your State Senator TODAY to ask her or him to sign-on and support the amendments for economic mobility and housing stability programs!

Amendments that OSG will be advocating in the Senate FY19 Budget debate.

Click here to find your State Representative’s contact information.

Click here for On Solid Ground’s priorities.

The House Ways and Means Budget was released on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Many positive investments and policy changes related to family homelessness. An Office of Health Equity under Executive Office of Health and Human Services was established for intragency initiatives within state agencies.  However, there is more that can be done to advance system coordination and data collection efforts so that all families have a path for economic mobility! Please contact your State Representative and urge them to sign on with the help of information below:

Amendments that OSG will be advocating in the House FY19 Budget debate.

FY19 House Announces Budget – April 11th

February 2, 2018: Hearing at the State House, room A-1, 1 pm on An Act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents

November 21, 2017: Hearing at the State House, room A-1, 1 pm on An Act Providing Immediate Child Care Assistance to Homeless Families 

August 22, 2017: Hearing at the State House on An Act Relative to Interagency Efforts to Reduce and Prevent Homelessness  & An Act Relative to the Economic Mobility and Stability Program