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Boston SNAP Coalition Tomorrow; SNAP Crisis Advocacy Tips now in 4 languages; Statewide Survey - Helping poor people with legal needs

Three quick items:

1.Reminder on June 23rd Boston SNAP Coalition meeting - that's tomorrow from 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston, 6th Floor, 39 Boylston Street. We have a jock-filled agenda including ongoing advocacy to fix our state's SNAP crisis, as well as discussion of today's Boston Globe story on low income students and the problems surfacing with DESE's new data metric.

2. Translations of the SNAP Crisis Advocacy Tips now available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole. Our wonderful MassLegalHelp website folks have arranged written translations as well three audio versions of the SNAP Advocacy TIPS information. Click on the following link, then click on the language preferred on the right hand side.  https://www.masslegalhelp.org/income-benefits/food-stamps/crisis-tips  Let us know if this is useful for you and your clients.

3.Access to Justice Commission's short SURVEY on legal needs: This survey is fast, easy and important! Anti-poverty colleague, Sue Marsh of Rosie's Place, is a member of the Access to Justice Commission and working with them to identify the unmet legal needs of low income Massachusetts residents. The Commission is hoping to collect 500 responses. Please take a minute to complete the survey! 

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Dear Friend:

Thanks to years of budget cutting, many poor people have no access to legal representation as they try to deal with courts, government agencies, public benefits and more. As a result, many non-lawyers – social service workers in all sorts of settings – provide legal information to their clients.  The Access to Justice Commission of the Supreme Judicial Court is trying to learn how social service workers are coping with these tasks, and what the Commission can do to help.  

Please take a minute and fill out the Commission’s short survey:  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2173977/Survey-for-Social-Service-Workers-how-to-help-clients-with-legal-problems

Thank you so much for your help!

Sue

Sue Marsh
Executive Director
Rosie's Place
889 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA  02118
www.rosiesplace.org