Public health advocates want to help poor families across the state

Massachusetts

Public health advocates are working to help poor families in Massachusetts. 

The Union of Minority Neighborhoods is seeking $30 million to provide food, water, and shelter for some of the state’s lowest-income residents. 

At a news conference outside the governor’s office on Tuesday, advocates urged lawmakers to join their movement which aims to lift Massachusetts families out of poverty. 

While much of their attention was on the housing crisis in Boston, city officials said the problem impacts people across the state.

“We are not a large state and we need to be spreading out the economic viability that metro Boston is seeing in communities like Worcester, Springfield, and Holyoke,” Mayor Marc McGovern of Cambridge told 22News.

The Union of Minority neighborhoods wants to give low-income families more fuel assistance to help them survive cold New England winters. They say the problem has gotten so bad that families are heating their homes by opening their stove, which is a very dangerous practice. 

The group also wants the legislature to make fuel and water assistance top budget priorities, giving disenfranchised residents a better opportunity to succeed.

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