Stop evictions and rent inflation—hear the call of the renter nation! Chants echoed down the street as Right to the City and the Boston Tenant Coalition held a rally and press conference June 10, announcing the release of The Rise of the Renter Nation, a national report on affordable housing. Today’s press conference in the Four Corners neighborhood was one of nine actions taking place in cities across the country.
Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a lawsuit against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in Suffolk Superior Court today, saying the two federally-backed mortgage giants are in violation of Massachusetts law because they refuse to participate in programs which allow delinquent homeowners to "buy back" their homes at reduced prices. - See full article at: http://www.bankerandtradesman.com/news159787.html#sthash.fzYsmwI3.dpuf
Activists rallied on Saturday in Dorchester at a home that they took over to make a statement: Housing is a human right.
The hardest part of battling eviction is the not knowing, Lavette Sealls said. “You’re always living on edge because you know eventually you might have to move,” she said. “You go on fighting as hard as you can.”
BOSTON/Dorchester – The vacant two family house on Norwell Street in Dorchester stands as a reminder that the foreclosure crisis continues to haunt Boston. But starting on Saturday morning and continuing throughout the weekend, the house will be filled with the sounds of activists and media makers as Jamaica Plain based advocacy organization, City Life/Vida Urbana, occupies the property and commences a pirate radio broadcast of the proceedings.
SOME OF THE GIANTS IN THE STUDENT RENTAL TRADE ALSO LEAD THE PACK IN HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE OFFENSES. THEIR VICTIMS ARE BELEAGUERED, SOMETIMES ENDANGERED, TENANTS — AND ALSO A COLLEGE TOWN'S REPUTATION.
EVERY YEAR THEY COME, THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS WHOSE DREAMS HELP DRIVE BOSTON, BUT WHO MUST INCREASINGLY SCROUNGE FOR HOUSING OFF CAMPUS. A GLOBE INVESTIGATION FINDS THEY ARE EASY TARGETS FOR SCOFFLAW LANDLORDS WHOM THE CITY SEEMS UNABLE, OR UNWILLING, TO CONTROL.
IT WAS A QUIRKY, OLD PLACE, BUT IT WAS HOME TO BINLAND LEE AND HER 13 HOUSEMATES. IT WAS ALSO BLATANTLY ILLEGAL, FROM BASEMENT BEDROOMS WITHOUT PERMITS TO THE UNIT WITH ONLY ONE WAY OUT — WHERE BINLAND HAPPILY LIVED AND WHERE SHE DIED WHEN FIRE STRUCK LAST SPRING.