Ben Carson testified on his nomination to be Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) secretary in the Donald Trump administration. Dr. Carson, a former neurosurgeon and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, spoke extensively about his childhood growing up in poverty, and answered questions on a variety of housing issues, including rental vouchers, tribal housing, and federal backing of mortgage loans. He was also asked to reconcile his personal views on poverty and LGBT rights with HUD’s responsibility in adjudicating fair housing access cases.
MAHT welcomes Cherai Mills and Owen Senders as its newest VISTA organizers. Cherai, 26, is a Boston native and a leader in the Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee. Owen, 24, has lived in Boston for the past five years and has worked as a community organizer in Bromley Heath. Both are excited to work with HUD tenants across the city to preserve affordable housing. MAHT also welcomes Sam, our canine organizer and trash-can inspector!
What do you do when more than 20 tenants show up at a MAHT meeting on the 13A mortgage crisis only to discover that the room you booked was not available? Well, you improvise. And if it is a pleasant Autumn day, why not head outdoors?
Earlier this Fall, MAHT was asked by our friends at MassHousing and CEDAC to alert the South End tenants at the Newcastle-Saranac Housing developments on Columbus Ave on their expiring Section 13A mortgage.
Like other 13A tenants, once the mortgage is paid off, tenants face displacement by huge rent hikes to market levels. Unlike HUD tenants, state 13A tenants are not eligible for federal Enhanced Vouchers to pay for rent increases. Although current state laws limit rent increases for 13A tenants for three years, after that more than 4,200 Massachusetts families will be out on the street unless tenants take action now!
In the fall courtyard meeting, MAHT let Newcastle/Saranac know about the timeline they face and what they as tenants can do.
MAHT has launched a statewide organizing drive to organize the 5,200 at-risk 13A tenants statewide into tenant unions to save their homes. To date, MAHT has organized tenants at Harbor Lofts in Lynn, and Mercantile Wharf, Burbank Gardens, Forbes Building, Babcock Towers, Newcastle/Saranac and more. Unite and fight to Save their Homes!
On Sept 22nd, MAHT joined with hundreds of others marching through the streets of Boston for the NATIONAL RENTERS DAY OF ACTION. An impressive, fired-up coalition of housing/homeless activists, neighborhood activists from Chinatown, Roxbury, The Fenway and groups including Right to the City, Right to Remain, City Life, as well as unions, rallied and marched to spotlight the NATIONAL HOUSING STATE OF EMERGENCY. RENTERS DAY OF ACTION events and demonstrations occurred in over 50 other U.S. cities to end gentrification and displacement of tenants and fight for housing and for the homeless. Check out the photos below.
Come Celebrate the Holidays and Our Latest Victories to Save Our Homes!
Please bring: A Pot Luck Dish, A Musical Instrument, Your Singing Voice, Friends and Family
Saturday, December 10, 2015 6:00-8:30 PM
Harriet Tubman House, 566 Columbus Ave, Boston (corner of Mass & Columbus).
Orange Line to Mass Ave T-Stop or Green Line to Symphony Station. Parking at Northampton Street Garage.
Tickets: Friends/Supporters: $30.00 (min. donation) HUD Tenants: $5.00 or Pot Luck Dish.
Call the MAHT office to RSVP and let us know what food you are bringing: 617-233-1885
With the election just days away MAHT held training meetings for covering the polls on Tuesday. Over 30 MAHTadors will be working the polls to help pass Question 5, the Community Preservation Act.
If you could not make the training, get in touch with us to pick up your Yes For a Better Boston Election Day Kit. Or we can have it delivered. And BTW, don’t forget to vote YES on Question 5!
Are you passionate about your community? Do you want to help prevent homelessness? Do you want to want to learn more about state and federal housing regulations? Do you want to ensure that there is decent and affordable housing for ALL? Do you speak a foreign language? The VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) needs you!
We are currently seeking dedicated fluent Spanish, Russian, Creole, or Chinese speaking volunteers to translate and assist at community meetings and events. Time commitment is flexible and dependent on your availability! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Click the link below for more information.