Everyone Needs Access to Identification Cards

November 13, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St
MA 02108
Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless

Please join us on Monday, November 13th, at the State House for a hearing on important legislation that would ease access to Massachusetts identification cards for people experiencing homelessness, House Bill 2737 (http://www.mahomeless.org/advocacy/item/access-to-mass-id-cards). House Bill 2737 was filed by Representative Kay Khan, and its companion bill, Senate Bill 1906, was filed by Senator Harriette Chandler.

Obtaining a state identification card is a critical first step for youth and adults experiencing homelessness to accomplish typical life tasks and access opportunities. ID is required for a broad range of life activities, such as:

· Applying for jobs

· Enrolling in education programs

· Getting a library card

· Picking up a package from the post office

· Opening financial accounts

· Entering certain government buildings

· Accessing services

· Interacting with law enforcement

Please RSVP here or to Kelly at kelly @mahomeless.org if you are able to provide oral and/or written testimony, or just be present at the hearing.

More hearing details can be found here: https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/2826