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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Bill S.864 193rd (Current)

An Act promoting access to counsel and housing stability in Massachusetts

By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 864) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., Jack Patrick Lewis, Brian M. Ashe and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote housing stability and homelessness prevention through a right to counsel pilot program in Massachusetts in response to the COVID-emergency. Housing.

Bill Information

Sal N. DiDomenico
Referred to Joint Committee on Housing

Emergency Preamble

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to establish forthwith a statewide access to counsel program for evictions to promote housing stability and prevent homelessness and, to respond to a housing emergency that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated, and whereas, evictions lead to homelessness, housing instability, overcrowding, displacement, diminished economic opportunity, and disruption of schooling for children, all of which are associated with negative health, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public safety.


Name District/Address
Sal N. DiDomenico Middlesex and Suffolk
Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. 12th Hampden
Jack Patrick Lewis 7th Middlesex
Brian M. Ashe 2nd Hampden
Jacob R. Oliveira Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester
Lydia Edwards Third Suffolk
Vanna Howard 17th Middlesex
Joanne M. Comerford Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester
James B. Eldridge Middlesex and Worcester
Mike Connolly 26th Middlesex
John F. Keenan Norfolk and Plymouth
Julian Cyr Cape and Islands
Adam Gomez Hampden
Liz Miranda Second Suffolk
Thomas M. Stanley 9th Middlesex
Patricia D. Jehlen Second Middlesex
John C. Velis Hampden and Hampshire
Patrick M. O'Connor First Plymouth and Norfolk
Patricia A. Duffy 5th Hampden
Joan B. Lovely Second Essex
Rebecca L. Rausch Norfolk, Worcester and Middlesex
Manny Cruz 7th Essex

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