Protect subsidized housing and save money for the Commonwealth

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We wrote to the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Housing—Kevin G. Honan, House Chair, and Linda Dorcena Forry, Senate Chair—to support legislation that would enable local governments to keep subsidized housing from becoming market rate housing, leading to the displacement of thousands of tenants. A hearing was held on March 8 and expressions of support can still go to the Joint Committee or to your elected representatives. By preserving such housing for subsidized use, the Commonwealth can avoid the significant social and financial costs of having to rehouse thousands of persons.

Seeking a safe home? Beware of bullying!

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When we buy a car, we read objective reports and compare prices, when we buy a house, we have a professional inspect to be sure it is safe and sound. But when we choose what may be our last home, if we do not use care, we may move into a terrible, unsafe situation and then find ourselves with no way out.

Good News Today! S1984 is one step closer to passage

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Dear Friends and Colleagues, Good News Today! Thanks to your help and support, Massachusetts legislators move to stop bullying—S1984 is one step closer to passage.

Building a great collection of links on bullying

Publia is continuing to develop a focused page of links and resources on bullying in multi-family housing. She has made a good start at her mission of creating a comprehensive online source. Do you have any suggested listings? Write to us and/or post a comment. See http://stopbullyingcoalition.org/links01

CONSTANT ADVOCACY Stop Bullying Coalition Newsletter, October 2015

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We never stop in our efforts to introduce change and eliminate bullying. Reports follow on community development in a family residential complex, the progress of our bullying legislation, our outreach and our educational efforts including a new library of links. And please respond to our query on video surveillance!

Beacon Hill advances S1984, the commission to stop bullying

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Our bill has a new number, S1984, and is formally sponsored by the Joint Committee on Housing. It has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Rules which has the power to schedule a bill for consideration by the senate. Our bill has strong support in both branches and we are hopeful of early passage, although it could be passed any time before the end of the session in early January, 2016.

Housing committee now sponsors S1984, commission on bullying

State House, Hooker Entrance

The Joint Committee on Housing of the Massachusetts Legislature (the General Court) has amended and now sponsors our bill to create a legislative study commission, S1984. The commission will study ways to prevent bullying of tenants in public and subsidized multi-family housing.

On Beacon Hill, citizens, legislators petition for freedom from bullying

Testimony presented by legislators and citizens

We are living in a Commonwealth where any citizen can petition the legislature, and we did petition and we did testify before the Joint Committee on Housing for freedom from bullying in subsidized housing.

Celebrating Freedom from Bullying on July 14th

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Happy Fourth!

We have a special reason to celebrate in Massachusetts. Our testimony on S709. the bill to create a commission on bullying, will be heard by the Joint Committee on Housing on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at the state house on Beacon Hill in Boston; in room B1 from 10:00 AM. Our sponsoring legislators worked with us to make sure our bill would be considered in this first session of the committee.

Now we need your help to convince the members of the committee to favor our cause, and to approve the bill, so we can stop the bullying.