Recently, AIDS Action Committee announced that due to funding cuts, it will have to close Youth on Fire on November 1st. Youth on Fire is a daytime drop-in-center that provides critical and life-saving services to youth experiencing homelessness. In order to sustain Youth on Fire, AIDS Action Committee must secure $300,000 in public funding. Click here for AIDS Action’s press release regarding the closure of Youth on Fire, and here for Y2Y’s press release.
We are currently asking concerned parties to help us advocate for funding for Youth on Fire. You can get involved in the following ways (ranked in order of priority):
- Contact Governor Baker’s office, requesting funds for Youth on Fire: 617.725.4005
- Contact Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders: 617-573-1600
- Reach out to your own legislator: https://malegislature.gov/StateHouse/Contact
- Make a call to action on social media
Here is a suggested script to use to call or email Governor Baker, Secretary Sudders, and your respective legislator:
I am _______ and I’m calling/emailing about the recently announced closure of Youth on Fire, program of AIDS Action Committee and to request that we find money within the budget to sustain this critical program.
This week, the AIDS Action Committee announced that they would be forced to close Youth on Fire, a program for homeless and street-involved adolescents and young adults in Cambridge that primarily serves LGBTQ youth. Youth on Fire is one of very few programs that provide daytime services and housing assistance for homeless and street involved youth in the Commonwealth. The closure comes as a result of cuts to state funding that leave the program short $300,000.
Youth on Fire is a critical program in the Greater Boston area, and its closure will cause many young people to go without the life-saving services that have been available for the past 16 years. It is crucial that our community find a way to sustain this organization.
I am asking that you find money in your budget to adequately and sustainably fund Youth on Fire, preventing it from closing its doors in November, so that young people may continue to get the services and support they need.
Thank you again to you and your colleagues for all of your hard work and your commitment to ensuring that all people in the Commonwealth have the resources they need to be safe. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.