Please join us on Friday, October 7th, to acknowledge the ongoing harm and hardship caused by the closure of Long Island on the lives of those individuals who were impacted AND demand swift action from the city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts.
9:00AM Rally & Speak Out at Recovery Road at the corner of Melnea Cass Blvd. & Mass Ave.
Food will be provided during this rally, followed by:
12:00PM Rally & Speak Out at the State House steps
The days speakers include:
People who are currently experiencing or have experienced homelessness or are in or seeking recovery services and have been negatively impacted by the closure of Long Island; Dr. Jessie Gaeta of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, representatives from Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants, Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee, Long Island Refugees, and more.
Following speakers we invite folks to take part in a family-friendly, nonviolent action to impress upon Governor Baker and Secretary Sudders the need for MORE treatment beds and harm reduction services NOW!
-Housing NOT Warehousing!
-Increase Treatment Beds NOW!
-Increase Harm Reduction Services NOW!
Help the city of Boston gain additional revenue for housing, parks and preserving what makes Boston unique! We hope you can stop by Thursday morning to meet the Mayor and to show your support for Question 5, the Community Preservation Act.
Thursday, October 6
Collyer Field House
1565 Dorchester Avenue (Fields Corner on the Red Line)
Photos: Stalwart MAHTites Rob getting neighbor Carl’s signature at the polls at Symphony Plaza and Molly and friend at Georgetown polls in Hyde Park.
MAHT volunteers were out on primary day to spread the word on voting for the Community Preservation Act (CPA). It will be question 5 on city ballots November 8th. If it passes it means $20 million in additional city revenue for parks, preservation, and in these dire times, housing.
They also collected signatures to send to the Mayor (Check out MAHT wants Your John Hancock!). We are asking that the city use some of the CPA revenue to fund city funded housing vouchers, a program for which MAHT has been leading the way.
MAHTites worked the polls in the North End, Back Bay-Fenway, Roxbury, Roslindale, Southie, Hyde Park and Allston-Brighton. Thanks go out to Ronda, Molly, Damainique, Mary, Ellie, Rob, Connie, Clifton, Julia, and Gleena for their efforts.
If you want to help out and make some great new friends, give MAHT a call.
This Thursday, September 22, MAHT will be taking part in the National Renters Day of Action.
Right to the City Boston and Right 2 Remain ally partners will join together in a mass creative action to uplift our common demands for the right to remain, enacting a just cause for eviction ordinance and public land for public good.
4:00pm: Kick-Off Rally- Greater Boston Real Estate Board, One Center Plaza (across from Gov. Center Station)
Speakers: Right to the City Boston #JustCause4Eviction
4:20pm: Call to Action – Boston Redevelopment Authority, City Hall Plaza
Speakers: Keep It 100% for Egleston, Reclaim Roxbury #Right2Remain
4:30pm: March and Protest – Millenium Place Downtown Crossing
Speakers: Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants, Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee #StopCorporateGreed
5:00pm: Reclaim R City Rally – Parcel 26, Chinatown (Albany @Kneeland St)
Speakers: Chinese Progressive Association, Boston Tenant Coalition, etc #PublicLand4PublicGood
6:00pm: Dinner Theater – Rent Relief 4 Boston Not GE – Necco Court, S. Boston (just over Summer St Bridge)
After the march we’ll be taking a short walk over the Summer St Bridge for FREE FOOD and a fun play about our government’s misplaced priorities: GE is getting FREE RENT and $150 million in tax breaks to move to their headquarters to Boston!
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Citizens of Boston, do want to help Boston’s homeless or people at risk of becoming homeless? MAHT wants your John Hancock!
Several years ago, as federal section 8 funding was facing devastating sequestration cuts, MAHT got mayoral candidate Marty Walsh to commit to city funded vouchers as an emergency alternative. Since then Walsh has been elected Mayor and Boston’s housing/homelessness crisis has gotten worse. Rents are going higher than the Space Shuttle, and low income units to rent are practically non-existent. Plus, there are more homeless Bostonians than ever and more than 4000 homeless kids in Boston Public Schools. Yikes!
MAHT has continued to organize a coalition of groups and city council members to support a city funded voucher program to help alleviate the crisis. Last June, we all met with the Mayor on the voucher plan. The Mayor said he would consider it if the city could come up with a stable source of revenue. This is where you come in.
Should question 5, the Community Preservation Act (CPA), pass on election day the city can then collect about $20 million in new revenue. So YOUR Yes vote is needed. According to the CPA, that money can be earmarked for housing. Our little postcard to the Mayor asks the city to set aside some of it for a city funded voucher program. As a start-up program, $5 million will help 400 homeless Bostonians get housing! So in addition to your vote, we need that John Hancock of yours on a postcard to the Mayor.
So, you may see us around town. Be it on a street corner, at the T, your polling place, or our volunteers may knock on your door. So Citizen Bostonian, please sign!
This Saturday, MAHT will be training tenant leaders from member groups to educate their communities about the CPA and collect postcards addressed to the Mayor encouraging his support for a City funded voucher program. We will be canvassing again soon so let us know if you wish to help.
Recently, MAHT mobilized tenants for a first meeting at Babcock Towers (that big high rise by BU). Not unlike other 13A mortgaged developments in the state, 200 families at Babcock are facing the street when their state 13A mortgage runs out. For Babcock Towers that will be in 2018.
There was a great turnout of Babcock Tower tenants. MAHT’s slide presentation, How the 13A Crisis Affects Tenants, was simultaneously translated into Chinese and Russian for the majority of the 100 tenants who came.
MAHT is also urging supporters to call the the Mayor and to sign our postcards to His Honor to ensure that Community Preservation Act (CPA) housing funds are targeted to 13A and other low income tenants facing displacement. MAHT recently canvassed Roxbury and covered the primary day polls to collect signatures and remind voters about the CPA, Question 5 on the Boston ballot come November. We will be canvassing again soon so let us know if you wish to help.