|Let’s pass a bill for a strong ombuds office to protect tenants of elderly and disabled housing
We are working with Senator Joan B. Lovely, Representative Tom Walsh, and other legislators to amend and strengthen the ombuds bill. If you want to get involved in the details of policy and legislation, we will be glad to include you.
Write to: Coordinator@StopBullyingCoalition.org
Write to Beacon Hill
Please send an email, including your personal reasons for seeking protection from bullying, to your state senator and state representative. You can use the letter below, or write your own.
ADD YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND REASONS FOR THE NEED FOR AN OMBUDS OFFICE TO PROTECT US FROM BULLYING. Your ideas are the crucial guide that legislators need to hear.
Guide to making calls
Find your legislator; go to https://malegislature.gov and look for "find my legislator."
State representative: ____________________
Call or write an email.
Identify yourself, state where you live. Tell them,
“I am calling to ask the (Senator or Representative) to please help us and advance the bills on bullying: S1084 and S900/H1407 and S874/H1436 to keep tenants from unfair evictions by providing legal counsel.”
S1084 is “An Act relative to bullying in public housing” to establish a statewide tenant protective services ombuds program.
S900 is “An Act to prevent and respond to bullying of elderly and disabled residents.” This bill will create a program to enable landlords to better protect tenants from hostile environments and the loss of their rights.
S.874/H.1436, “An Act promoting housing stability and homelessness prevention in Massachusetts,” to level the playing field and provide legal help to protect our rights in eviction proceedings.
“Please tell the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Housing that you support each of these bills to protect us from bullying and mobbing where we live; create a healthy community life; and can protect us from unfair eviction.”
You can add a short personal story to explain why the legislation is needed. You can also reach out directly to the Chairs and Senator Lovely.
Be sure to thank them for their time and support.
John F. Keenan, Chair, John.Keenan@masenate.gov (617) 722-1494
James Arciero, Chair, James.Arciero@mahouse.gov (617) 722-2012
Senator Joan Lovely, Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov presenter of the bills S1084 and S900. (617) 722-1410
Representative Tom Walsh, Thomas.Walsh@mahouse.gov Supporter of S1084 (617) 722-2960