At City Life, we help people stay in their homes. 

City Life/Vida Urbana is a grassroots community organization committed to fighting for racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power. We promote individual empowerment, develop community leaders and build collective power to effect systemic change and transform society.

Are you fighting to stay in your home?

Join us at one of our weekly meetings, where you can speak with an organizer and lawyer, and meet others that are fighting the same battles! We have meetings in three locations:

Boston: Every Tuesday Night at 6:30, 284 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain. 
East Boston: Every Wednesday Night at 6:30, 28 Paris Street in East Boston.
Brockton: Every other Wednesday night at 6:00, 65 W. Elm Street in Brockton. 

Check for the next meeting here.


Recent News from CLVU

City Life/Vida Urbana members joined youth leaders from the Keep It 100% for Egleston campaign and other Washington Corridor residents at last week's Boston Redevelopment Authority meeting to define a "master plan" for the corridor. We continued to lift up the demands for REAL AFFORDABILITY and an END TO DISPLACEMENT along the corridor. We also know that a JUST CAUSE EVICTION LAW, which we're pushing for with other Right to the City Boston coalition groups, would help protect renters in this vulnerable but very vocal area. Check out the video and support the fight for community control!

Dr. Dora Teloni Demitra, a social worker in Greece, speaks on Greece's solidarity economy on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at 7pm at City Life/Vida Urbana.

From The Guardian: “All these projects, it’s very important to me, are not just helping people who need it, but they represent almost the start of a new kind of society,” Katerini said. “They are run as direct democracies, with no hierarchy. They are about people taking responsibility for their lives, putting their skills to use, becoming productive again.”


"As developers buy real estate, some have issued eviction notices to entire buildings, ordering residents to leave or pay up to $1,000 more per month, according to attorneys who work with the advocacy group City Life/Vida Urbana to help residents fight evictions...A group of longtime East Boston residents gathers every Wednesday night in the basement of a Paris Street church. At a recent meeting, many brought their children and some carried folders with pieces of wrinkled paper: eviction notices." Click below for the full story.



Lisa Owens Pinto, Executive Director of City Life/Vida Urbana, and Darnell Johnson, Coordinator of Right to the City Boston, speak about the need for a Just Cause eviction law in Boston. Click below for the full story.


What do we want? JUST CAUSE EVICTION LAW in Boston! On Saturday, October 3rd, we kicked off the citywide campaign boldly and beautifully. TEN city councilors and candidates spoke at the gathering in support of the proposed law, including Presley, Wu, Flaherty, Murphy, Baker, Jackson and Yancey and candidates George, Campbell and Clemons. The movement is rolling for Just Cause! Thanks to Right to the City Boston and the Boston Tenant Coalition for pulling off an unstoppable kickoff!