Sen. Edwards and Rep. Connolly Launch Housing for All Caucus

Sen. Lydia Edwards and Rep. Mike Connolly, joined by 60 of their colleagues, launched the Housing for All caucus in the Massachusetts Legislature. At the inaugural meeting, legislators presented their priority housing policy ideas for the current legislative session on a myriad of topics including: homelessness prevention, tenant protections, support for first-time homebuyers, affordable housing production, zoning reform, revenue to support local affordability, anti-discrimination, and civil rights.

“I am proud to launch the Housing for All caucus with Senator Lydia Edwards and so many of our legislative colleagues,” Representative Mike Connolly (D-Cambridge) said. “Today’s affordable housing emergency is without any precedent in modern history, so it requires all of us to come together to seek consensus on comprehensive solutions that can address each aspect of this ongoing crisis.”

“I’m thankful to be joined by Representative Mike Connolly and many of my colleagues from the legislature in this work,” said Senator Lydia Edwards (D-Boston). “Every day I hear from families in my district who are facing eviction, rent increases, and housing instability. I am committed to using every tool available to address the housing crisis, deliver immediate relief to families in need, and to work collaboratively to create a system that makes housing truly affordable for all.”

The purpose of the caucus is to build consensus for policies addressing all aspects of the housing crisis. Initial areas of interest include: advancing the vision of Housing as a Human Right, working to end housing discrimination in all its forms, building support for local affordable housing policies and programs, and working with DHCD Secretary and the future Secretary of Housing to improve systems currently in place. The caucus will achieve these aims by supporting legislation, advancing budget priorities, expanding the knowledge base of members, staff, and the public, and by building collaborative relationships with the administration, legislative leadership, local housing authorities and affordable housing developers, and other key community stakeholders.

The Housing for All caucus is being founded by a total of 61 legislators. In addition to Sen. Edwards and Rep. Connolly, members currently include:

Sen. Adam Gomez

Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa

Rep. Joe McGonagle

Rep. Adrian Madaro

Sen. Liz Miranda

Sen. John Cronin

Rep. Alan Silvia

Rep. Manny Cruz

Rep. Judith Garcia

Rep. Andy Vargas

Rep. Margaret Scarsdale

Sen. Julian Cyr

Sen. Becca Rausch

Rep. Mary Keefe

Rep. Kay Khan

Rep. Carmine Gentile

Sen. Michael Moore

Rep. Kip Diggs

Rep. Carol Doherty

Rep. Michelle Ciccolo

Sen. Sal DiDomenico

Rep. Carole Fiola

Rep. Michelle DuBois

Rep. Smitty Pignatelli

Rep. Christine Barber

Sen. Mike Barrett

Rep. Steve Owens

Rep. Chynah Tyler

Rep. Natalie Higgins

Rep. Tram T. Nguyen

Sen. Cindy Friedman

Sen. Pat Jehlen

Rep. Vanna Howard

Rep. Danillo Sena

Rep. Patricia Duffy

Rep. James Arena-DeRosa

Rep. David LeBoeuf

Rep. Peter Capano

Sen. Jamie Eldridge

Rep. Carlos González

Rep. Priscila Sousa

Rep. Jennifer Armini

Rep. Dawne Shand

Rep. Kristin Kassner

Sen. Jo Comerford

Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven

Rep. Tony Cabral

Rep. Sally Kerans

Rep. Estela A. Reyes

Rep. Joan Meschino

Rep. Samantha Montaño

Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis

Rep. Rita Mendes

Sen. Bruce Tarr

Sen. Jake Oliveira

Rep. Rodney Elliott

Rep. Simon Cataldo

Rep. Jim Hawkins

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