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A Call to Action from our friends at Rosie’s place – Let’s take it to the streets!
On Wednesday, December 12, at 12:00 noon we will gather at the (closed) gate of the Massachusetts State House, right across from the famous Robert Gould Shaw Monument, and march around the block to the DHCD office, 100 Cambridge St., to deliver a symbolic 51-A to DHCD. ( A 51-A is a report of child neglect that someone files with the Department of Children and Families (DCF).)
As many of you know, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) issued new restrictive eligibility requirements for EA family shelter.With these new regulations, 70% of families that apply for shelter are now denied! One of the most concerning parts of these new regulations is that some families applying for shelter have to prove that they are literally staying in a place “not meant for human habitation.” What constitutes a place “not meant for human habitation,” you ask? A car, a park, a train station, a parking lot, the emergency room, a porch, you get the idea. Despite efforts to amend the regulations to include families at “imminent risk of staying in a place not meant for human habitation,” many families are still forced to live in these conditions before they can be deemed “homeless enough” for DHCD to grant them shelter.