HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1356        FILED ON: 1/16/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 160


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Denise Provost


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to end child homelessness.






Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex

Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

James K. Hawkins

2nd Bristol

Natalie M. Higgins

4th Worcester

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Joan B. Lovely

Second Essex

Rebecca L. Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden

Chynah Tyler

7th Suffolk

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1356        FILED ON: 1/16/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 160

By Ms. Provost of Somerville, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 160) of Denise Provost and others for legislation to develop housing plans for families with minor children that are being evicted from publicly subsidized housing.  Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.


SEE HOUSE, NO. 115 OF 2017-2018.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court



An Act to end child homelessness.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, no family with children under the age of eighteen shall be evicted of removed from public housing, publicly subsidized housing, or a shelter funded in whole or in part with public funds, including a motel or hotel providing emergency shelter, unless and until the Housing Services Unit of the Department of Children and Families, in consultation with the Department of Housing and Community Development, has developed and is able to implement a plan to assure that all children under eighteen in the affected family will be housed in some location which is fit for human habitation. All reasonable efforts shall be made to provide that such children remain in the custody of their parents or other caregivers with whom they have been residing.