Metro Housing|Boston’s advocacy efforts focus on improving access to programs that advance our mission with a specific focus on state and federal legislation that has the greatest impact on the low and moderate-income families and individuals we serve. Our priorities this year are:
Protecting and expanding federal support for the Housing Choice Voucher program
Enhancing Massachusetts’ support for homelessness prevention efforts, particularly Massachusetts’ Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)
Supporting municipal, state, and federal efforts to increase the development of housing for people with the lowest incomes through local Community Preservation Act projects, the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, and the federal Housing Trust Fund
Since its very beginning, Metro Housing has strongly believed that all sectors must work together to effectively address the issues that prevent access to affordable housing. We educate decision-makers about these issues through policy reports, testimony, and in-person meetings to advance our ability to serve the residents of our region.
In addition to government entities, Metro Housing|Boston works collaboratively with a range of advocacy organizations, services and housing providers, and our tenants to identify program strengths and needs. Below are some projects we have worked on with our advocacy partners.
This paper presents many of the factors that contribute to family instability; identifies the gaps in programs meant to serve low-income families; documents the role of federal and state rental subsidy programs; and demonstrates the interconnected roles of rental assistance, childcare, and employment assistance in increasing family incomes.
Recommendations to reduce family homelessness in Massachusetts (Executive Summary)
This white paper is a collaborative effort on behalf of Metro Housing|Boston and the other nine members of the Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts to analyze the current problem and offer solutions for an effective reduction in family homelessness. Released February 2014.