Senator Friedman has co-sponsored the following bills relative to housing in the 2019-2020 legislative session:

S25 An Act establishing a special commission on the status of homeless women

  • Summary: This bill would create a special commission to study homelessness among women and women-identified individuals, conduct a community needs assessment, and make recommendations regarding homelessness prevention, improving shelters for women and families, increasing permanent housing opportunities, and ensuring homeless women have access to a full range of healthcare and social services options.

S824 An Act promoting housing opportunity and mobility through eviction sealing (HOMES)

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S905 An Act to collect data on LGBTQI prisoners held in restrictive housing

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H1537 An Act establishing a right to counsel in certain eviction cases

  • Summary: This legislation would create a right to counsel for indigent individuals and landlords in civil proceedings in which the loss of housing is a potential outcome. Our Housing Courts are an overwhelming place for poor people facing eviction and for low-income landlords as well. And unlike other forms of litigation, eviction litigation is fast-paced and tenants quickly lose rights if they do not assert them promptly.

S2043 An Act to provide identification to homeless youth and families

  • Summary: This bill would establish a fee waiver process for youth and adults experiencing homelessness. It would create a process for individuals experiencing homelessness to apply for ID if they cannot meet established criteria, such as proof of permanent address.