The Local Action for Social Justice Committee seeks to provide LWVA members opportunities to further inform themselves about local social issues, as well as providing opportunities to act on these concerns. Interests include immigration and the problems immigrants face, racism and diversity, the social safety net and affordable housing.

Local Action for Social Justice

Our Fragile Democracy...

December 17, 2022

...and the Importance of an Engaged Citizenry, with speaker Sudha Setty, Dean of the City University of New York School of Law. Register in advance.

Affordable Housing in Amherst

August 30, 2022

The challenge, the accomplishments, and the work ahead. Join the meeting.

Affordable Housing for Amherst

July 25, 2022

The major projects of the Affordable Housing Trust, and the Coalition of which the League is a member, were continuing to advocate for proposed projects on Northampton Road and the combined project at the East Street School and Belchertown Road. There were also some forums on specific issues and some possible future locations for affordable housing projects.

Affordable Housing, March 2022 update

March 15, 2022

Progress amid rising construction costs.

Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders

March 07, 2020


LWVA comments on Amherst SRO Project

February 22, 2020

The League of Women Voters of Amherst has formally commented on the Amherst Single Room Occupancy (SRO) project.

Comment period open for Amherst SRO project

February 04, 2020

Comment on the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) apartment project at 132 Northampton Road at

Housing: The Big Picture

June 10, 2019

Housing costs have risen far more quickly than incomes in most of the country. Few units were constructed between 1980 and 2010, and even fewer of those were smaller, more affordable, units. A forum on homelessness that the League co-sponsored in 2016 identified a great need for housing to reduce the number of homeless people. The proposal by the Valley Community Development Corporation is to help meet that need.

Proposals for Affordable Housing in Amherst

February 20, 2019

Two proposed projects need our support.