We went to Beacon Hill to help save our homes

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 20:51

Help save our homes

As bad as bullying is, being homeless is far worse. Much of the housing stock for subsidized housing in the nation, including here in the Bay State, is now vulnerable to conversion to private, market rate use, thus threatening to displace elderly and disabled persons, and low income families. Please help advocate to save our homes, tell Beacon Hill to act now.

Michael Kane invited all interested people to attend the hearings in support of the legislation to protect these residents living in government-supported housing in Massachusetts. Kane is a leader in the struggle to "Save our Homes."

The Enabling Act to Save Affordable Housing is being considered by the Joint Committee on Housing.

The GAO Report on expiring mortgages notes that in the next 10 years, project-based Section 8 contracts aiding 1.1 million families will expire. Even in the absence of the expiring mortgage problem, the steady erosion of affordable housing would likely continue at the rate of 41,000 units each year.

Joint Committee on Housing: Expiring Use Hearing

Expiring use bills

S593 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 593) of Harriette L. Chandler, James J. O'Day, Mary S. Keefe, Katherine M. Clark and other members of the General Court for legislation to authorize municipalities to protect low and moderate income tenants and units of governmentally involved housing. Housing.

...a serious public emergency continues to exist with respect to the housing of a substantial number of persons in certain areas of the commonwealth residing in governmentally involved housing, inasmuch that many low-income individuals and families residing in such housing, particularly those elderly and disabled, may be threatened with displacement as a result of prepayment of mortgage financing, loss of use or rent restrictions, expiring subsidy contracts, and expected increases in rent, and there is a threat that affordable housing stock will be lost due to expiration of use or rent restrictions and such pre-payment, further exacerbating an extreme housing shortage for low-income families and individuals.

Bill H1156 By Mr. Smizik of Brookline, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1156) of Frank I. Smizik and others for legislation to authorize municipalities to protect low and moderate income tenants and units of governmentally involved housing. Housing.

National Alliance of HUD Tenants
A multi-cultural, tenant-controlled alliance of tenant organizations in privately-owned, multifamily HUD-assisted housing. Hundreds of tenant associations representing thousands of tenants in every region of the country are already involved, working together to: Preserve affordable housing * Protect tenants' rights * Promote tenant ownership and control

Michael Kane
National Alliance of HUD Tenants
Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants
42 Seaverns Avenue
Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130
617-267-2949, 617.267.9564