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- Alex Ponte-Capellan – City Life / Vida Urbana
- Melanie Gleason – Lawyers for Civil Rights
- Domonique A. Williams – Deputy Director, Office of Housing Stability, City of Boston
- Sheila Dillon – Department of Neighborhood Development, City of Boston
- Andrea Campbell – Boston City Councilor, District 4
- Michelle Wu – Boston City Councilor, At-Large
- Kenzie Bok – Boston City Councilor, District 8
- Gen Unity
- Quinton Zondervan – Cambridge City Councilor
- Pat Jehlen – State Senator
CDC Federal Eviction Moratorium Resources
We learned about the CDC Moratorium which protects people from eviction who are unable to pay their rent due to COVID 19.
- One-pager Info on CDC Federal Eviction Moratorium
- CDC Federal Eviction Moratorium Declaration Form: (English, Español, Português, 中文, Français, Kriolu Kabuverdianu, Kreyòl ayisyen, Soomaali, русский, Tiếng Việt, or عربى)
- City of Boston Office of Housing Stability Website
- City of Boston Rental Relief Fund
- Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)
- ONE+Boston Home Buyer Program
- Fair Housing and Equity
- Housing Support for Older People
Reports / Media
- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Racial Wealth Inequalities
- The Color of Wealth in Boston: A Joint Publication of Duke University, The New School, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
- ‘Eviction equals death’: Demonstrators lock arms, block Boston Housing Court entrance over planned hearings
- State’s Emergency Rent Program Is Understaffed And Overwhelmed, Housing Advocates Say
Healthy Housing Guarantee: Housing Stability budget amendment #585 / #763
Email your MA legislators to win housing stability! Win housing stability, stop mass evictions! Tens of thousands of families across the state are now facing eviction following the October 17 expiration of our state’s moratorium. Amendment #585 / #763 will prevent a massive surge of unjust evictions against tenants who fell behind on rent due to the impact of the pandemic; protect homeowners from foreclosure; and stabilize small-scale property owners by extending the right to mortgage forbearance and establishing a Housing Stability & Recovery Fund.
Bill H.3889: An Act enabling a local option for a tax on vacant units in large residential buildings
By Mr. Connolly of Cambridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3889) of Mike Connolly and others that cities and towns be authorized to establish an excise tax on vacant units in large residential buildings. Revenue.
Bill H.3924: An Act enabling local options for tenant protections
By Representatives Connolly of Cambridge and Elugardo of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3924) of Mike Connolly, Nika C. Elugardo and others for legislation to remove the prohibition on rent control and to provide tenant and foreclosure protections. Housing.
This bill would remove “Home Rule” restrictions that prevent cities and towns from passing legislation to address housing even when there is wide support within the city or town. This bill is currently with the Housing Committee. Learn more
An Act supporting affordable housing with a local option for a fee to be applied to certain real estate transactions (Boncore – Connolly) Enables cities and towns to assess a fee of 0.5-2% on residential and commercial real estate transactions, with the funds allocated to affordable housing trust funds.
An Act promoting housing opportunity and mobility through eviction sealing (Boncore – Moran) Requires the sealing of eviction records in order to combat housing discrimination.
Community Organizations to Connect With
- City Life / Vida Urbana
- Act On Mass – Issue: Housing
- Progressive Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA)
- Lawyers for Civil Rights
- Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations
- Gen Unity
Affordable Housing 5 Minutes 5 Slides
Slides presented by City Councilor Bok on Deeply affordable housing, public land use, zoning and co-ops as ways of providing affordable housing.
Eviction Map 2020
This map of evictions was created by Senator Pat Jehlen’s office communications director, Zoe Iacovino. She used information from the Eviction Lab. The Eviction Lab has amazing resources tracking evictions over time in major cities, including metropolitan Boston.
Click on the next map to find the number of evictions already filed in 2020 in your neighborhood by census tract.