2023 IL Education Day at the State House

April 10, 2023 Sue Rorke

IL Centers’ staff, legislators and advocates gathered at the State House on March 23 to personally educate the legislature on our priorities. Since we had not been together in person since 2019, the day had a special tone. We also had an impressive line-up of speakers!

Photos and more info from 2023 IL Education Day at the State House are on our website.

FY 2024 Priorities

Affordable, Accessible, Available Housing

The Independent Living Network supports legislation and programming that
increases access to affordable, available accessible housing.

  • S.1553 – An Act Building a More Accessible Massachusetts. Sponsor: Senator Michael O. Moore and
  • H 2291 – An Act expanding the availability of adaptable housing for people with disabilities and seniors Sponsors: Reps. Christine P. Barber and Michael J. Moran
  • (H.1305/S.884) An Act to create affordable homes for persons with disabilities Sponsors: Representative Rob Consalvo & Senator Robyn Kennedy.
  • Rental Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) Program,
  • Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance (ERMA) Program,
  • Tenancy Preservation Program (TPP)
  • Family Shelters, HomeBase and Rapid Rehousing
  • COVID Eviction Legal Health Program (CELHP) and Community Mediation Pre-Court,
  • Support funding to increase the number of low- income accessible units,
  • Continue to support housing voucher programs like AHVP and MRVP and ensure the vouchers are adequate to meet increasing market rents.

Affordable, Accessible, Available Transportation

  • Affordable, accessible and available transportation is a key priority for individuals with disabilities.
  • On-demand, accessible transportation to all riders is necessary.
  • Support on-demand, accessible transportation pilot program(s), similar to UBER and LYFT MBTA pilot programs.
  • Provide funding to RTAs to allow for the continuation of free fare. Assistive Technology Programs and Durable Medical Equipment

Assistive Technology Programs and Durable Medical Equipment