City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU
), a JP
-based nonprofit, is celebrating 40 years of empowering struggling tenants and homeowners with a May 18 dinner fundraiser in Dorchester.
Founded in 1973 as the Jamaica Plain Tenants Action Group by activists “who wanted to commit themselves to making life better for working-class folks,” according to CLVU
Organizing Coordinator Steve Meacham, CLVU
has grown from its small JP
roots to an organization with a national reach and many regional offshoots.
– Inocencia Perez and Gerardo Romero thought the arrival of a new landlord meant they could stop worrying about the status of their apartment, on the second floor of a Chelsea building seized by a bank through foreclosure. But instead of newfound security, Perez and Romero — who have three young children — were unnerved when, not long after taking over, the two-decker’s buyer, City Realty Group LLC
, raised their monthly rent by $300, to $1,300. The couple said they were given two options: pay up or move out.
QUINCY —Visitors to Quincy District Court were greeted by a sidewalk message Thursday morning – a large-lettered banner that read “Eviction Free Zone.” A dozen South Shore residents gathered with the banner to protest 11 eviction cases scheduled to be heard Thursday in the court. The event was organized by the new local group SSAFE, South Shore Against Foreclosures and Evictions.