Grace Ross of MAAPL Testifies at DHCD Hearing

On October 22, 2012, MAAPL Coordinator Grace Ross testified at the DHCD Hearing on Family Shelter Regulations and Guidance to advocate for changes in shelter access policy that would help reduce family homelessness. Her testimony at the hearing also addresses the impact of the foreclosure crisis on homelessness and on the Massachusetts economy as a whole. The combination of reduced numbers of homes available for rent following foreclosures and the rising costs of rentals in Massachusetts make it harder for families to find housing following foreclosure and eviction. Other conditions such as fewer jobs available in today’s economy, reduced wages for workers, and ruined credit ratings for former homeowners who were foreclosed on make it even harder for families and individuals to recover and find adequate housing following foreclosure and eviction.

You can read a transcription of Grace’s testimony here: Testimony of Grace C Ross of the Mass. Alliance Against Predatory Lending at the DHCD Hearing on Family Shelter Regulations and Guidance (PDF).

About MAAPL

The Mass. Alliance Against Predatory Lending (MAAPL) is a coalition of over 60 housing counseling agencies, legal services groups, social service agencies, and community-based social action groups that have joined together to address the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts.

MAAPL collects and distributes timely information on the foreclosure crisis and its effects to the public and to its member groups, drafts and supports legislation that provides important protections to homeowners and tenants facing foreclosure and eviction, documents the impact of the foreclosure crisis on local communities, networks with related organizations throughout the Commonwealth, and provides tools and information to help people navigate the legal system and advocate on their own behalf more effectively when challenging a foreclosure or eviction in court

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