Join Homes for Families at our annual MRVP Cookie Day– a day for families, providers and nonprofits to come together and advocate for increased funding to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program.
Cookie Day serves as an opportunity for those overcoming homelessness and hardship to share their support of the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program as an effective tool in ending homelessness. Cookie Day is an avenue to advocate for increased funding to MRVP, and it is also a day to recognize the strength, resiliency and dedication of those overcoming poverty in the mission to end it. After hearing from a family in shelter and a family who received a voucer through the program, HFF will lead attendees in delivering house shaped cookies to state representatives and senators that are decorated in the amount of funding being advocated for. The cookies are baked by Haley House Bakery and Cafe of Roxbury, an organization whose mission supports our shared values of providing opportunities for people facing significant barriers.
Homes for Families will also be awarding Speaker Robert DeLeo with the Inspirational Leadership Award because of his dedication to the inclusion of families and survivors in growing the momentum to end family homelessness and the issues that surround it. Under his leadership, MRVP funding has been increasingly restored, and as a result, thousands of households across the Commonwealth have been stably housed. And for that, he gets the “Big Cookie Award”.
We encourage you to make an appointment with your representatives and senators, you can find out who they are by clicking here. We will have information and cookies for you to share, just be sure to check in at the event to get them!
Please join us as we recognize and celebrate the people, programs and policies that work to keep families safe and housed!
9:30: Resource Fair
10:00: Speaking Program Begins
10:30: Inspiring Leadership Award
10:45: Speaking Continues
11:30: Legislator Meetings
Organizations participating in the resource fair:
Boston Housing Authority
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
MA Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP)
Children’s Health Watch
Horizons for Homeless Children
But that’s not all!
We rely on our partners and supporters to be engaged in our advocacy efforts, and if there is any week to do it, it is the week of February 9!
We will be providing ways to ensure efforts are unified, strong and clear! Be on the look out for things like events, social media calls to action, a coordinated data sharing day, and more!
For now, please check out the event link above and join the On Solid Ground Coalition for a Press Conference on the release of the On Solid Ground Report on February 9!
As always, thanks for all you do. We couldn’t do this without you.