Young lobbyists fighting for funding to help homeless

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BOSTON (State House News Service) – Among the lobbyists and advocates rooting for an eleventh-hour victory at the end of the last legislative session was a group of 12- and 13-year-olds from a Boston synagogue who had made student homelessness their cause.

“We thought that homelessness was a big problem and we said, ‘How can we help?'” said Max Davis, a 12-year-old from Stoneham. “Instead of just trying to put a Band-Aid on it, we tried to actually make a difference and so we decided to look at a law or a bill and try and get the bill passed.”

The bill they chose, which requires the state to contract for services for unaccompanied homeless youth, was enacted on New Year’s Eve and signed into law on Jan. 6 as one of Deval Patrick’s last acts as governor.

Along the way to enactment, the five-some from Temple Israel on Longwood…

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