Dear  ,
 
The Massachusetts moratorium on evictions and foreclosures will expire in four days, leaving more than 100,000 Massachusetts households at risk of eviction, housing insecurity, and homelessness - many in communities of color that have already been hardest hit by COVID-19. In response, MPHA and hundreds of our public health and healthcare allies sent an open letter and issued a press release today calling for meaningful legislative action to address this crisis.
 
Our political leaders must act now to avert a public health catastrophe! That is why we are calling for a Public Health Day of Action to Prevent Evictions.  
Governor Baker's announcement yesterday of new resources to support tenants was an important first step, but his actions are woefully insufficient to address the scale of crisis facing Massachusetts renters. 

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Please join us TODAY to contact the people who have the power to keep hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Massachusetts residents in their homes: Gov. Charlie Baker, Senate President Karen Spilka, and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.  
 
We are urging them to immediately pass the Guaranteed Housing Stability Bill 
(H5018/S2918), sponsored by Rep. Mike Connolly, Rep. Kevin Honan, and Sen. Patricia Jehlen. This bill will protect tenants who are unable to pay rent due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will also create a fund to assist property owners who have lost income since the State of Emergency began (with a focus on working-class, small, owner-occupied, and nonprofit landlords). 
 
Please call or email these three leaders today with a message like this:  

"Hello my name is (your name) and I live in (city/town). I really appreciate your leadership in passing the strongest eviction moratorium in the country earlier this year. The moratorium is about to expire, which will lead to a public health catastrophe across Massachusetts. I'm asking that you please take action now to pass the Guaranteed Housing Stability Bill. We need strong and immediate action to prevent a crisis of evictions and homelessness, which will pour fuel on the fire of the COVID-19 pandemic and deepen the stark racial health inequities that already exist in our state. Governor Baker's announcement of new resources to support tenants is a good first step, but is insufficient to address the scale of the crisis. I urge you to act before it's too late! Thank you." 
 
You can reach them here: 
Once you've called, please forward this message to your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. We need everyone to speak up this week to prevent this tsunami of evictions. And please drop us a line to let us know that you've taken action by sending an email to Jeneczka Roman at jroman@mapublichealth.org with the subject line "I took action to prevent evictions". 

Thank you, as always, for your partnership!


Carlene Pavlos
Executive Director
   
Massachusetts Public Health Association | (857) 263-7072 | mpha@mapublichealth.org |  mapublichealth.org
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