Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2019 #46
ORDER ADOPTED
Feb 11, 2019 5:30 PM

City Council support of legislation that protects children.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, MMSponsors:Mayor Marc C. McGovern, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor Alanna Mallon, Councillor E. Denise Simmons
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Our greatest duty as a progressive society is to ensure that children have equal opportunity to realize their potential, lessening the burdens that circumstance and fortune may place upon their journeys; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

There are still gaps in meeting the basic needs of Massachusetts’ children, chief among these are housing security and hunger—that most ancient enemy of children; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

There are several bills before the Massachusetts legislature that would help to close some of those gaps; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

An “Act to lift the cap on kids,” HD.3043 and SD. 1452, put forward by Representative Marjorie Decker and Senator Sal DiDomenico, would expand welfare benefits to children conceived while, or soon after, the family begins receiving benefits, correcting a practice that leaves some 8,900 of the most vulnerable children in Massachusetts without public benefits; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

An “Act to lift children out of deep poverty,” HD. 2367 and SD. 1328, also put forward by Representative Decker and Sen. DiDomenico, would increase state benefits to children and families to 50 percent of the federal poverty level for household size; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

An “Act to protect families experiencing homelessness from having to sleep in unsafe places,” HD.2406 submitted by Representative Decker, removes the requirement that families spend a night in an unsafe place, such as a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, or camping ground before they are eligible for emergency housing assistance form the Department of Housing and Community Development; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

An “Act to end child homelessness,” HD. 1356 sponsored by Representative Denise Provost, prevents families with children under the age of 18 from being evicted from public housing, publicly subsidized housing, or a shelter funded in whole or in part with public funds, unless all children can be suitably housed in a different location; now therefore be it

 

 

RESOLVED:

That in recognizing that health and wellbeing of children is a priority, the City Council adds its support to an “Act to lift the cap on kids” H.3042/SD.1452, an “Act to lift children out of deep poverty” HD. 2367/SD.1328, an “Act to protect families experiencing homelessness from having to sleep in unsafe places” HD.2406, and an “Act to end child homelessness” HD.1356; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this Policy Order to the Cambridge Legislative Delegation on behalf of the entire City Council.

 

Meeting History

Feb 11, 2019 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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BY AN AFFIRMATIVE VOTE OF EIGHT MEMBERS

RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED