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.
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.
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Chants of "Aquí estamos. ¡No nos vamos!" ("We're here. We're not moving!") rang out on the evening of May 13th, 2015 through the streets around Maverick T station. About 75 people, majority Latinos facing displacement, took part. The march, organized by City Life/Vida Urbana, visited key buildings where new investors are forcing Latinos out. "Most of the evictions...are no-fault and are directed at working class people of color," said Andres Del Castillo, City Life's organizer in East Boston.
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Seattle, Washington - City Life/Vida Urbana's Organizing Coordinator, Steve Meacham, was the keynote speaker at SAFE in Seattle's first Radical Organizing Conference. Speaking to a crowd of 130 housing and social justice activists, Meacham presented City Life's organizing model and recent victories for homeowners and tenants. "In addition to a grievance," Meacham says, "we need hope...a sense of righteousness and a sense of power."
Watch the video for clips of his keynote presentation and an interview with a Seattle based housing justice activist.