May 8, 2023


Please join us at the State House or online tomorrow (Tuesday, May 9th) to support key bills on eviction protections, access to counsel, and eviction record sealing! The Joint Committee on the Judiciary will be holding a hybrid hearing on several bills that would protect families, youth, and adults who are experiencing/have experienced housing instability, including:

  • House Bill 1682/Senate Bill 1048, An Act relative to summary process and rental assistance, filed by Representative Sam Montaño and Senator Liz Miranda
  • This bill would put into statute the two-tier process for residential summary process (eviction) cases and make so-called Chapter 257 eviction protections permanent. The bill would ensure that cases cannot be defaulted or dismissed because a party missed a first-tier event, where the case status is determined, and that all parties receive written notice of the date of any second-tier events/trials. The bill also seeks to restore Chapter 257 eviction protections and make them permanent. The bill would provide continuances and stays of execution on judgments for possession in cases where tenants have pending applications for rental assistance through programs such as Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT.)
  • As we previously reported, the House of Representatives included an outside section in their version of the FY24 budget last month that would make the Chapter 257 eviction protections permanent. The House budget, however, did not include language to codify the two-tier process.
  • We will be testifying in support of these bills, and asking the committee to amend language in the final line of the bills so as to require stays of execution on judgments for possession in cases where tenants have pending applications for rental assistance.

  • House Bill 1731, An Act promoting access to counsel and housing stability in Massachusetts, filed by Representative Dave Rogers and Representative Michael Day
  • This bill seeks to expand access counsel and level the playing field by increasing the number of low-income tenants, occupants, and certain owner-occupants with representation in court during eviction proceedings.
  • We will be testifying in support of this bill.
  • The companion version of this bill, Senate Bill 864, was assigned to the Joint Committee on Housing and will be heard at a different time.

May 9th Judiciary Committee hearing details:

We hope to see you at the State House or online tomorrow! If you are unable to participate in real time, please consider submitting written testimony to the Judiciary Committee.

Thank you, as always, for your collaboration and your work to prevent and end homelessness.

In solidarity,
Kelly and Julia

Kelly Turley
Associate Director

Julia Garvey
Community Organizer/Legislative Advocate

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Senate Budget Update

Thank you also to everyone who has signed our new one-minute online action, addressed to your State Senator, Senate President Karen Spilka, and Senate Ways and Means Chair Michael Rodrigues, in support of key line items and language related to housing stability, shelter access, and cash assistance in the FY24 budget.

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means has announced that they will release their budget recommendations tomorrow. Once the budget is released, the details are scheduled to be posted here:

We will back in touch with next steps after key Senate amendments are filed.

Follow the progress of the FY24 budget on our tracking chart: