On Saturday, August 20, 2016, MAHT hosted their annual Report Back Cookout. The free event was attended by tenants, staff, the MAHT Board, community members, and City Councilors Josh Zakim and Matt O’Malley. Click through to see some pictures of the cookout. More pictures and videos to come!
In response to Boston’s growing housing and homelessness crisis, MAHT is spearheading a broad coalition of housing and community groups to propose a city-funded voucher program. The program would provide “Housing First” for people experiencing homelessness in Boston and low income renters facing displacement.
The City of Washington, DC, currently funds 3,248 Vouchers from the City’s budget. If they can do it, why can’t we?
Following a Boston City Council hearing on March 21, nine councilors, led by Council President Wu and Housing Chair Zakim, wrote Mayor Walsh to urge inclusion of $5 million in the budget to provide “Housing First” Vouchers for 350 individual residents and families in Boston.
In June, a delegation led by MAHT and allies including the Save Our Section 8 Committee, Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee, and Mel King, met with the Mayor to urge his support for the Councilors’ proposed pilot program (meeting photos above). The Mayor declined, but promised to meet with the coalition again and consider City funded Vouchers next year, if a stable revenue source can be identified.
If Boston voters approve the Community Preservation Act (CPA) on the ballot in November, Boston could have up to $15 million available each year to pay for up to 1,000 City funded vouchers.
MAHT is an active member of Yes for a Better Boston, working to pass the CPA. MAHT is planning to door knock 6,000 HUD tenant households to pass the CPA and sign a postcard to the Mayor urging support for the Voucher plan. Join us in that effort!
For more info or to volunteer, contact:
Michael Kane, MA Alliance of HUD Tenants: (617)522-5133
Cassie Hurd, Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee: (617)817-7785
Ronda Jackson, Save our Section 8 / City Policy Committee (857)266-4766
Thanks in part to MAHT’s support, state legislators passed, and the Governor has signed, S1984, a landmark bill to protect elderly and disabled victims of harassing and bullying. The law would establish the nation’s first state legislative study commission on bullying, shining light on the widespread plague of bullying impacting residents of multifamily public and subsidized housing.
“This legislation will bring to light a problem that has remained hidden due to fear of retaliation….Now tenants will be empowered to speak up and make a difference in their lives and will not live with fear of a backlash effect.” – Karen Carson, MAHT
The 19-member commission will include leaders of the House and Senate, executives of several state agencies, and members appointed by the Governor to represent the interests of managers and residents. MAHT is one of the organizations named in the new law to be considered for appointment to the commission. Thank you to all of those involved, especially Jerry Halberstadt and the Stop Bullying Coalition, for their hard work in getting this bill passed.
You and your family and friends are cordially invited to MAHT’s annual cookout and delegation report back from the 22nd NAHT Conference: The social event of the Summer!!
Saturday, August 20, 2016
3:00 – 7:00 pm
MAHT’s Back Yard
42 Seaverns Avenue
Jamaica Plain, MA
(Take the Orange line to Green Street, turn left and walk 2 blocks to Seaverns Avenue—
or the 39 Bus down Center Street to Seaverns Avenue–street parking also available)
MAHT brought 17 tenant leaders to the 22nd NAHT Conference in Washington, DC.
Hear their stories, what they learned from our national partners and about our demonstration to save an endangered building in DC’s Chinatown from demolition.
Hear tenant leaders from across Massachusetts speaking about the victories they’ve achieved in the past year here and what we’re working on the next year, including plans for getting the Community Preservation Act passed in Boston this November.
Local politicians including City Councilors and the Chair of the Boston Housing Authority have also been invited.
RSVP at 617-522-5133 and let us know what dish you can bring!
*We suggest that attendees bring either a dish to pass or a $5 donation.