Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #150
ORDER ADOPTED
Jun 4, 2018 5:30 PM

Advancing Homelessness Issues Docket

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

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WHEREAS:

Cambridge has repeatedly affirmed its commitment to serving residents experiencing homelessness with compassion and urgency, demonstrating that obligation recently by opening a Winter Warming Center in Central Square, making public toilets available, establishing a Opioid Working Group to advise the City Manager on the continuing health epidemic, and dedicating $23.9 million in FY19 to housing and homelessness; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Despite these efforts, Cambridge still has roughly 500 homeless individuals in our shelters and on our streets each night, deprived of basic human rights and lacking access to needed mental health services—conditions that hit homeless youth and families hardest; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Several bills making their way through Beacon Hill will give state agencies and municipalities new tools to combat homelessness and to ensure that every individual in Massachusetts, each endowed with certain unalienable rights, is treated fairly and with dignity; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

An Act Relative to Assisting Elders and People with Disabilities in the Commonwealth (Bill H.2077 & Bill S.2039) would increase Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children Program, remove that 70 percent benefit reduction for homeless individuals, and increase the allowable personal asset limit from $250 to $2,500; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

An Act Creating a Bill of Rights for People Experiencing Homelessness (Bill H.695 & Bill S.46) would prevent discrimination based on housing status, and expand rights to move freely in public spaces, receive equal access to municipal services, and register to vote and to vote; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

An Act to Further Provide a Rental Arrearage Program (Bill H.84) would reestablish a rental arrearage program for families, individuals, and unaccompanied youth with incomes up to 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

An Act to Protect Families Experiencing Homelessness from Having to Sleep in Unsafe Places (Bill H.659) opens access to Emergency Access for families without having to first demonstrate that they have stayed in places not meant for human habitation, policies that An Act to End Child Homelessness (Bill H.115) would also advance; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

An Act to Prevent Homelessness among Recipients of Transitional Assistance (Bill H.114) provides stability to individuals and families through a new homelessness prevention and early intervention program within the Department of Transitional Assistance; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

An Act to Provide Identification to Homeless Youth and Families (Bill H. 2737 & Bill S.1906) would make accessing a Massachusetts identification card easier for certain individuals experiencing homelessness by eliminating fees that some may find prohibitive; now therefore be it

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Council ardently supports the aforementioned bills awaiting action in the House and Senate, and requests its elected delegation in both bodies to actively work on moving these measures out of their respective committees and on toward adoption; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to send a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to the members of Cambridge’s legislative delegation.

 

Meeting History

Jun 4, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED