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Advocacy Housing News Testimony

DignityMA Supports The Affordable Homes Act

Testimony by DignityMA members Listen to Brianna Zimmerman (STAVROS) at approximately 7 hours 15 minutes, and Sandy Novak at 9 hours and 39 minutes. View 10+ hours of testimony. DignityMA written TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF H. 4138 Dignity Alliance Massachusetts applauds the Healey-Driscoll Administration for their leadership in addressing the issue of housing as proposed […]

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Facilities Housing News Spotlight

2023-12-19 Spotlight: Understaffed and neglected: How real estate investors reshaped assisted living

The Washington Post (free access), December 17, 2023By Douglas MacMillan and Christopher Rowland Surveillance video captured a 97-year-old woman’s death outside the locked doors of a high-end Colorado home, a symptom of deeper problems in the $34 billion industry. . . Conceived about 40 years ago to give seniors more freedom in their final years of […]

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Housing News Spotlight

2023-12-12 Spotlight: The Old New Way to Provide Cheap Housing

The New York Times (free access)December 9, 2023 By Nicholas Kristof Homelessness is an American tragedy, but it’s not hopeless. In a recent column, I explored how Houston has become a national model by reducing homelessness by more than 60 percent. One takeaway is that homelessness, above all, reflects a shortage of cheap housing. So, […]

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Housing News Study Session

Study Session:  Briefing on The Affordable Homes Act – H 4138

The study session on December 15, 2023, provided details on the housing bond bill proposed by Governor Maura Healey. The video captions have been edited for clarity. Content begins around 10:30. Presenter: Eric Shupin, Chief of Policy, Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing & Livable Communities – Previously Eric was with Citizens’​ Housing and Planning Association […]

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Facilities Housing News Study Session

Study Session: The Future of Nursing Homes: Navigator Homes

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 Embracing the core values in the disruptive concept for nursing home design, the “Green House” model, Navigator Homes of Martha’s Vineyard, opening this fall, will house 70 people in 5 homes with 14 residents each. Each resident has a private room with bathroom. Residents will share a living room, kitchen, dining […]

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Housing News Study Session

Study Session: Secy. Edward Augustus

Secretary Edward Augustus, Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities September 13, 2023 Secretary Augustus has served as Chief of Staff for Massachusetts Congressman James McGovern, City Manager for Worcester, and Chancellor for Dean College. In May 2023, he was appointed the inaugural Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities by Governor […]

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Facilities Housing News

Consolidation of senior care homes is uprooting hundreds across Massachusetts

Article by Robert Weisman, Globe Staff, October 9, 2022 Dignity Alliance MA member, Paul Lanzikos, is quoted in the article. Hundreds of older folks, many with disabilities, are being uprooted from long-term care homes across Massachusetts this fall in the wake of a brutal pandemic that claimed the lives of nearly 6,900 senior care residents […]

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Advocacy Facilities Holyoke Soldiers' Home Housing News

Advocacy Letters for Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

On May 25, 2021, Governor Baker signed legislation authorizing bond financing for the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home providing $400 million for the construction of a facility in Holyoke and an additional $200 million for establishing regional equity and ready access to community services for veterans throughout the Commonwealth who do not live proximate to the Holyoke […]

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Facilities Home and Community Based Housing News Testimony

S418 and H745: Personal Care Homes

An Act relative to expanding the availability of personal care homes for older adults “Personal care home” or “home”, a premise in which food, shelter and personal assistance or supervision are provided for a period exceeding 24 hours, for no more than six adults who are not relatives of the sponsor, who do not require […]

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Advocacy Housing News

FY 2022 Budget Amendment Endorsement 7004-9030 (Alternative Housing Voucher Program)

Dignity Alliance Massachusetts advocates for the adoption of the following amendment affecting Line Item 7004-9030: Alternative Housing Voucher Program, mobile housing vouchers for people with disabilities under age 60 in the amount of at least $14.2 million. For questions or other communication, please contact Shaya French at sfrench@bostoncil.org. Download the statement, including Dignity Alliance member […]