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

Join Us for Our 2016 Annual Meeting!

Join the City Life/Vida Urbana community at our Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Celebration

Saturday, October 29, 2016
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Anna Cole Community Center at Mildred Hailey Apartments (formerly Bromley Heath)
10 Lamartine Street Extension, near Jackson Square T Station
Roxbury, MA 02119
* Note new location

For more information, contact Denise at 617-524-3541, ext. 317
Map of Anna Cole Community Center:
Map of Anna Cole Community Center

RDA_graphic.jpgWe're part of a nationwide wave of actions sweeping 50 cities across the country on 9.22.16, the #RentersDayofAction! Read here about national actions including marches, banner drops, sit-ins, land occupations, and civil disobedience... and check out the national Facebook event for up-to-the-minute reports and coverage. 


Here in Boston, City Life/Vida Urbana is joining with our local Right to the City partners in a MASS ACTION bringing together renters, homeowners, and homeless folks.

Jim Brooks, a former organizer with City Life/Vida Urbana and a lifelong disability justice activist, passed away this spring. This well-deserved obituary beautifully chronicles Jim's life: "Using a wheelchair to get around, and relying on his unfettered spirit to bring him beyond barriers that block the way of those who can’t walk, Mr. Brooks lived on his own terms as he worked for decades to expand access to the disabled in Greater Boston...In more recent years, Mr. Brooks staffed the phones in the City Life/Vida Urbana offices, and on occasion chained himself to the railings of houses to try to prevent landlords from evicting tenants. 'Up until he died he was defending people from being thrown out of their houses,' [Brian] Shea said."



Mayor Walsh, Boston's displacement crisis is a racial equity issue. We need stronger protections from eviction, not resegregation. Take a stand with us for Just Cause legislation this spring! Boston residents, Call Mayor Walsh TODAY at (617) 635-4500.



City Life Vida Urbana proudly stands up for Boston residents


The City Life family unapologetically fights for social, economic, racial, and gender justice and equity.  We view the current displacement crisis as an issue of racial equity, as well as economic and housing justice.  We will keep fighting unjust, forced displacement until our entire communities’ right to remain in affordable, quality housing is protected by policy and practice.

We target any big bank or corporate landlord who uses their power to drive displacement.  We organize tenants in buildings where the landlord has more than 6 units and doesn't owner-occupy. 

Our goal: stabilize families and neighborhoods in the short-term by fighting displacement, and long-term through promoting community control of housing.  For homeowners in foreclosure, this means loan modifications, buy-backs, or sales to nonprofits at real value.  For tenants of absentee landlords, it means rental contracts with fair, predictable increases linked to the cost of maintaining the property; and/or sales to new owners based on the building's established income stream, rather than speculation.

We always seek to negotiate.  We encourage banks and corporate landlords to work with tenants, not against them. And, we refer disputes between owners and tenants living in the same building to impartial mediators and neutral sources of information on the rights of each side.

We stand with the 26 School Street Tenant Association’s efforts to remain in their homes.