Cambridge City
MA

Resolution
RES 2021 #92
Order Adopted
Apr 5, 2021 5:30 PM

That the Cambridge City Council go on record supporting HD.3095 and SD.2155: An Act Improving Emergency Housing Assistance for Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness

Information

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

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WHEREAS:

In February 2021, Cambridge State Representative Marjorie Decker, and her colleagues Representative Liz Miranda and Senator Adam Gomez introduced HD.3095 and SD.2155 – An Act improving emergency housing assistance for children and families experiencing homelessness – to the Massachusetts State Legislator; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Families with children face many barriers in securing Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter placements and related HomeBASE rehousing resources from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD); and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Difficulties include accessing the application, multiple verifications requirements, and rules that force families to stay in unsafe places before being deemed "homeless enough" to qualify; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Unfortunately, families are disempowered and often do not have an advocate to help them navigate the process, which leads to far fewer families approved for shelter and HomeBASE benefits than are eligible; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

This process leaves scores of children and families exposed to the trauma of unstably sheltered homelessness; and

 

 

 

WHEREAS:

If passed, this legislation would build upon, and enshrine in statute, protections the Legislature has repeatedly passed in the budget process that do away with barriers to access and that strengthen reporting requirements; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

This legislation would also create an ombudsperson office within the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) to provide families with systemic support and oversight over the day-to-day administration of the EA shelter and related HomeBASE programs; now therefore be it

 

 

RESOLVED:

That all families deserve a right to shelter with dignity and stability; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the Cambridge City Council go on record supporting HD.3095 and SD.2155 – An Act improving emergency housing assistance for children and families experiencing homelessness – and all the families in our community who rely on State resources for housing and stability; and be it further

 

 

 

ORDERED:

That a copy of this order be sent to the Cambridge delegation in both the Massachusetts House and Senate as well as to the Governor’s office.

 

 

 

Meeting History

Apr 5, 2021 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan