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


This video is a window into the INCREDIBLE surge of community power in East Boston, the epicenter of Boston's storm of displacement. It's been 3 weeks since about 20 tenants on Maverick Street were evacuated from their collapsed apartment building. They're STILL in a hotel in Revere without kitchens, with little privacy, with emotional stress and longer commutes. To make things worse, school is starting soon, and getting there won't be easy unless they're relocated. Lawyers are working hard on their behalf. In the meantime, as rents increase and displacement continues, neighbors are taking to the streets for the RIGHT to REMAIN and the RIGHT to RETURN!



 Rally at 200 Hancock St. in Dorchester

 

 


In this video, Dorchester residents testify to the Director of Fannie Mae, Timothy Mayopoulos, about Fannie Mae attempting to sell their homes on auction.com. City Life/Vida Urbana pledges to block any evictions of our members from these homes. Meanwhile, a non-profit group, the Coalition for Occupied Homes in Foreclosure (COHIF), has made several offers to Fannie Mae to buy the homes. COHIF hopes to turn the 5 homes into permanently affordable housing. Fannie Mae continues to reject the offers as evictions loom.


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Landmark Agreement Brings Property Managers, Tenant Advocates Together on Affordable Housing

 

Longstanding tension leads to breakthrough on housing costs in Boston

 

BOSTON – Tenant advocates and property managers today announced a landmark agreement to increase the availability of affordable housing in the Greater Boston area. Formally signed in May, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) [see attached] between City Realty Management,
City Life/Vida Urbana, and the Chinese Progressive Association was a long time in the making – following years of discord between the groups.