[Hpn] Housing Justice MARCH - report on Nov 04 / Boston MEETING Nov 15

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Tue, 07 Nov 2000 11:59:45 -0800 (PST)

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Date: 04 Nov 2000

Author: Tony Harris

             Summary: A large coalition of housing advocacy groups
organized a rally for affordable housing in downtown Boston today. The
speakers called for more units of affordable housing, stabilized rents, and
a moratorium on profit-motivated evictions.

             A large procession of puppets and chanting housing advocates
marched through downtown Boston on its way to Government Center and the
State House today. Rally organizers, such as the Boston Teneant coalition,
the Cambridge Eviction Free Zone, Homes for Families, and the Fenway CDC,
brought together a diverse group of activists which protested rent gouging
and profit-based evictions. Their demands at City Hall included 10,000
units of affordable housing.

             The Boston Tenant Coalition claims that nearly 700 thousand
households in Massachusetts must forgo food or health care necessities in
order to pay rents or mortgages. The median income earner in Boston cannot
afford half of the advertised median rent.

             The Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance encourages
Boston residents to attend a city-wide meeting on November 15th. (St.
Mark's Church, 1725 Dorchester Ave, 7pm. 822-9100)

             Cambridge residents can contact the Eviction Free Zone to
support the condo conversion initiative (354-1300).


SEE ALSO for one of many fine photos of the protest:
Puppet's sign reads "Landlord greed destroying our hoods for profit"


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