SPRINGFIELD - Members of the "Springfield No One Leaves" campaign gathered outside the main gate of Forest Park to make people aware of pending housing legislation in the Statehouse on foreclosures and evictions.
The group was to hold a silent vigil at state Rep. Angelo Puppolo's fundraiser at the Carriage House but opted for the rally at the gate after getting Puppolo's support for the bills.
The bills in question are S.482/H.888: An Act to Facilitate Alternatives to Foreclosures, S.807/H.1579: An Act Preventing Unnecessary Vacancies in Foreclosed Homes and S.1090/H.1498: An Act Relative to Vacated Foreclosed Residential Properties.
In a press release handed out by the group on Tuesday states, "Representative Angelo Puppolo reached out to Springfield No One Leaves and expressed that he has and will continue to support these bills and will work to get them passed. He also pledged specific steps he will take to help champion the bills and move the legislation forward."
The release quoted Puppolo saying, "I pledge to do whatever I can to prevent families from being displaced."
Puppolo is the fifth Springfield area representative to pledge support for these bills, the release said.