Councilor Lederman Slates Virtual Town Hall on Housing Resources
At-Large Springfield City Council Jesse Lederman will present a Virtual Town Hall Meeting focused on housing resources on Thursday, November 5th at 7:00 PM.
The Virtual Town Hall is presented in partnership with Focus Springfield Community TV and will stream live on YouTube and on the Comcast/Xfinity Public Access Channel 17. It can be accessed online at it’s starting time by visiting www.focusspringfield.com/housing-resources .
The Virtual Town Hall will feature a panel of experts from local housing, legal, and community organizations. Participating will be Keith Fairey, Executive Director of WayFinders, Synthia Scott-Mitchell, Director of Community Services at Springfield Partners for Community Action, Attorney Josh Gutierrez of Community Legal Aid, Rose Webster-Smith of Springfield No One Leaves, and Liz Bewsee of Arise for Social Justice.
The panel will review existing resources to support homeowners, tenants, and property owners facing financial hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as review the existing protections that are in place for those at risk of losing their homes.
Councilor Lederman assembled the event in response to the expiration of the statewide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures. Advocates estimate that without assistance 100,000 families could face eviction or foreclosure across the Commonwealth.
“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the economic security of thousands of families in our city and across the commonwealth. Resources and protections exist to keep families in their homes and assist property owners, but they are too often out of reach or slow to come. We must work together to make sure that homeowners, tenants, and landlords are aware of the available resources and are able to access them in a timely manner,” said Councilor Lederman, “If resources are not delivered, the expiration of the statewide moratorium could result in a massive wave of evictions that would further exacerbate the public health and economic threat, even as we are on the brink of winter and a second wave.”
Councilor Lederman said he also hopes to hear from the panel of experts on what challenges exist in the current system of delivering aid to enable him and other local elected official to advocate for needed changes and resources at the state level.
Those seeking immediate assistance with housing issues can contact the participating community organizations using the information below:
WayFinders - (413) 233-1600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Legal Aid – (855) 252-5342
Springfield No One Leaves – (413) 342-1804 or email@example.com
Arise for Social Justice – (413) 734-4948
Springfield Partners for Community Action - (413) 263-6500