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80 MA orgs sign letter to FY20 Conf Comm re SNAP Gap; MLRI releases report "Evicted for Life"

SNAP Gap and FY20 Budget
First, huge thanks to the 80 local and statewide organizations that signed onto SNAP Gap budget letter, delivered yesterday AM to the FY20 Conference Committee.  We REALLY appreciate it.  Attached is a copy of the final letter. If you did not have a chance to sign on, please consider sending your own letter.  
We still need your help contacting the Conference Committee members listed in the letter to support the Senate line item language and $1M funding in the FY20 budget. Please consider the following: 
  • Call or email your local Representative and Senator to urge their support of the SNAP Gap in the FY20 budget. And also thank them if they are a co-sponsor of the legislation!
  • Use the SNAP Gap maze in your tweet or FB page (see image below)!  
  • Sample tweet: @Rep.. or @Sen...  Please help us #ClosetheSNAPGap with Senate FY20 budget on common app. Access to food should not be a maze!
Evicted for Life Report:
Today the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute is releasing Evicted for Life - a new report that highlights how publicly available eviction court record information is harming tenants and exacerbating the housing crisis. At least 1 million eviction cases have been filed in Massachusetts since 1998 and records of these eviction cases remain online forever, regardless of the outcome of the case. Through extensive interviews and research, Evicted for Life details the increasing harm being done by the unrestricted availability of information on, the Trial Court's case management system - especially to vulnerable tenants, people of color, low-income renters, elders, and children who are named in their parents' eviction cases. The report also includes policy recommendations supported by the HOMES Act, which is currently before the Judiciary Committee. 
Huge thanks to the MLRI housing team, including Laura Spark, for this powerful report!

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