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United Way galvanizes people to speak out for change. We’re amplifying individuals’ voices on important community issues and urging our public officials to fight for children, nonprofits, and working families. We provide a platform for people across our region to take meaningful action that makes a difference.

Advocacy in Action

With the start of the 117th Congress and the new Administration, United Way is focusing on helping communities across our region recover and rebuild. Much more relief is needed to address our region’s widening inequities in housing, education, and financial opportunity.

Join us in contacting the Massachusetts Congressional delegation and urging them to include vital economic, housing, and nonprofit supports in the next COVID-19 relief package. Our communities can’t wait.

Legislative Alert – URGENT: Fight for the Passage of the Debt Collection Fairness Act (S.663/H.1168)

Massachusetts residents need robust protections to help weather the ongoing economic uncertainty from the pandemic.

The most recent data show that one in five MA residents had a debt in collection – rising to 35% in communities of color. Historic inflation of 8.5% is increasing gas prices to over $5 a gallon, pushing more people to food pantries to feed their families, all while Bay Staters try to pay rent in the third most expensive state for rental housing in the nation. Current law does not do enough to protect consumers from practices like seizing wages for debt that can push already struggling families off a financial cliff.

Please contact your state legislators TODAY and urge them to support the speedy passage of S.2858/H.4749 before the legislative session ends. The DCFA will help make rules in court fairer, protect enough wages from seizure so families can keep food on the table, and make clear no one can be imprisoned for failure to pay a consumer debt.

The legislative session is nearing its close. Please act NOW!

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To learn more, please contact Christi Staples at cstaples@supportunitedway.org.