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The number of people who are chronically homeless in western Massachusetts more than doubled from 2021 to 2022.
As the state seeks a new funding system for homeless shelters, Western Massachusetts lawmakers say they want funding to be equitable across regions, available for non-congregate sites and sufficient to keep shelters open 24/7.
While the Supreme Court’s decision to block a federal eviction moratorium does not come as a shock, Massachusetts housing advocates say it adds to the urgency for the state to act.
A wide array of Berkshire County groups have rallied around a push for the state Legislature to pass housing protections before the federal eviction moratorium expires on Oct. 3.
President Joe Biden has announced a new eviction moratorium amid pressure from some lawmakers. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal did not join those public calls for action, but he said Thursday that he supports the move and wants protections expanded to Franklin and Hampshire Counties.
A federal eviction moratorium ends Saturday, and observers fear its expiration will result in greater displacement of people, including in Berkshire County. But, hundreds of millions in rental assistance dollars are available — if renters can get through the application process.
While Massachusetts took some steps to prevent evictions during the coronavirus pandemic, many of those remaining protections had been set to …
With hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents behind on rent or mortgage payments, housing advocates are eyeing the state budget as a …
After the expiration of Massachusetts’ eviction moratorium, hundreds of renters in Berkshire County found eviction notices taped to their doors.