Please sign this petition to support the three demands of the Fairlawn Tenants Association:
1. Keep rents for section 8 tenants within the payment standard and keep rent increases for all tenants to a manageable affordable level of 2% per year maximum.
2. Fix the poor conditions in all of our apartments. That includes addressing pest and mold issues in the apartments, providing adequate security for the buildings so that we can feel safe in our homes, and allowing our children to play outside and providing a safe area such as a playground or park for them to play.
3. Meet with the Fairlawn Tenant Association to work out a long-term plan for the tenants of this building.
For decades, Fairlawn Apartments in Mattapan was affordable for families, especially low-income families of color and recent immigrants. But since DSF Group bought this 400+ unit apartment complex last year, they've displaced many of these families. Now, three elderly residents are in the throws of a struggle to keep their homes.
Ms. Betty Lewis, Ms. Annie Gordon and Mr. Jean Antione all received new leases with rent increases ranging from $265 to $365 dollars.
DSF Group has raised some families' rents by as high as 20%.
A large percentage of those current tenants have been at Fairlawn Apartments for decades and live on fixed incomes. Many Fairlawn residents hold Section 8 vouchers.
In July of 2018, months before the new Blue Hill Ave. stop opened, DSF Group, which is managed by Corcoran Management Company, purchased Fairlawn Apartments for $65 million dollars. DSF Group came to Fairlawn Apartments to take advantage of the community's hard work and the new train stop. They quickly rebranded Fairlawn Apartments to “SoMa Apartment at the T”.
In the beginning of the 2019, a group of tenants met, with the help of City Life/Vida Urbana. They decided to form the Fairlawn Tenants Association to fight against injustices.
Although Mattapan is located within the city, it did not have a stop on the Fairmount commuter rail line, which had passed through the community for decades. Mattapan residents, along with civil leaders and community activists, believed a train stop in Mattapan would help Mattapan become more accessible and encourage better economic development. For nearly 20 years, these residents worked diligently to bring this train stop to their community. The new Blue Hill Ave. stop on the Fairmont line opened February 2019.
The displacement crisis in Boston has affected many communities in Boston, countless families have been displaced and many communities have become gentrified. Mattapan has remained a minority community with predominately working class and immigrant families.
The brave elders fighting displacement have sent letters to Corcoran management requesting that they reschedule a meeting with representatives from the Fairlawn Tenant Association to discuss their new leases.
Thank you for signing this petition in of support of these tenants and the Fairlawn Tenant Association.