On July 17, 2017, Governor Baker signed legislation for a statewide expansion of the housing court with $750,000 to begin the expansion. Two million people in 84 cities and towns in Barnstable, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Dukes, and Nantucket counties will now have access to a housing court. 

Discussion on the next steps for the housing court expansion will take place at community meetings throughout the State.  Massachusetts Law Reform, with local partners, has set up a series of meetings over the next two months.  The local host for this discussion is the Cape & Islands Regional Network on Homelessness.  All are welcome. The purpose of these meetings will be to:

  • Understand the expansion.
  • Hear from Housing Court Chief Justice Sullivan about what is in progress and plans for the upcoming year.
  • Have time to ask questions and provide thoughts about expansion.
  • Talk about companion expansions for the Tenancy Preservation, Lawyer for the Day programs, and other resources special to the Housing Court.

Barnstable County Community Meeting on Housing Court Expansion
Monday, October 30, 2017
8:30 AM -10:30 AM
Harborview Conference Room
Barnstable County Complex
3195 Main St.
Barnstable Village, MA 02630
RSVP to kcallahan@barnstablecounty.org
For more information on the State initiative, visit HousingCourt4All.org.


CI Regional Network on Homlessness ImageBarnstable County Department of Human Services convenes the Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness – a collaborative effort of state, county and local government, social service providers, housing agencies, faith-based organizations, the business community and individuals working together to prevent and end homelessness.

CoCBarnstable County Department of Human Services is also the collaborative applicant for the Continuum of Care Grant Program which provides homeless assistance funding administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  As the primary federal resource to end homelessness, the Continuum of Care (CoC) grant program competitively funds CoCs to impact homelessness at the local level.