Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2019 #45
Order Adopted
Feb 11, 2019 5:30 PM

That the City Council go on record reaffirming its support of the homeless issues bills awaiting action in the House and Senate, and entreats its elected delegation in both bodies to actively work on moving these measures out of their respective committees on toward adoption.

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

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WHEREAS:

A Policy Order “Advancing Homelessness Issues Docket,” stating the City Council’s support for various bills before the Massachusetts legislature, was unanimously passed on June 4, 2018; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The previous legislative session ended without final action on the items listed in the policy order, and have been refiled by their cosponsors for the current legislative session, to include those listed herein with their new docket numbers; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

An “Act to provide identification to homeless youth and families,” HD.1263 and SD.667 would make accessing a Massachusetts identification card easier for certain individuals experiencing homelessness by eliminating fees that some may find prohibitive; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

An “Act to further provide a rental arrearage program,” HD.2395 would reestablish a rental arrearage program for families, individuals, and unaccompanied youth with incomes up to 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (the Council reaffirmed its support of this legislative item on January 28, 2019); and

 

 

WHEREAS:

An “Act creating a Bill of Rights for people experiencing homelessness,” HD.2776 and SD. 1952 would prevent discrimination based on housing status, and expand rights to move freely in public spaces, receive equal access to municipal services, and to vote; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

An “Act relative to the safety, dignity, and civil rights of persons experiencing homelessness,” HD. 3764 and SD. 1950 similarly declares the right of persons experiencing homelessness to use public spaces, enjoy a reasonable expectation of privacy, interact with public officials, and to rest, eat, and pray in public spaces; now therefore be it

 

 

RESOLVED:

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

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward suitably engrossed copies of this resolution to the members of Cambridge’s Legislative Delegation.

 

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