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.

Check for the next meeting here.


Recent News from CLVU

Today we’re writing to share some exciting news of a huge organizing victory. 

This past week, with support from the East Boston CDC, City Life / Vida Urbana, and other local partners, our movement acquired a portfolio of 114 apartments across 36 buildings in East Boston, which will affordably house hundreds of working-class families.

Photo: HONK! Parade (2022; credit: Lauren Miller)

The Maplewood Square Tenants Association signs collective bargaining agreement with Mystic Valley Charter School after a long fight against no-fault evictions. The tenant organizing movement in Malden is growing after this victory. /La Asociación de Inquilinos de Maplewood Square firma un acuerdo de negociación colectiva con la escuela Charter Mystic Valley después de una larga lucha contra los desalojos sin culpa. El movimiento de inquilinos organizados esta creciendo en Malden despues de este victoria.

Photo\foto: Maplewood Square tenants association rally, protesters holding We <3 Maplewood Sq. (Feb 2022; credit: Lauren Miller)

This past weekend, three Malden tenant associations (TAs), the Malden Education Association, and around 65 people gathered in solidarity with each other to demand a stop to evictions in their buildings, safer conditions, and space for negotiations with Carabetta Management and The Mystic Valley Charter School. These tenant associations are striving to sign a 5 year collective bargaining agreement with affordable rent increase across buildings similar to The United Properties TA. /📢 Malden Unidos para Vivienda Digna! Ayer frente del los apartamentos Malden Towers, manifestando para exigir el retiro de desalojos🛑, que arreglen los condiciones peligrosos🛠, y espacio para las #NegociacionesColectivas con Carabetta Management. ¿Vives en Malden? Únase a un taller en persona para los derechos de vivienda en persona el jueves 24 de marzo de 6:30 a 8:30 PM en la Asociación de Educación de Malden, 77 Exchange St. dentro la cuidad de Malden, ene Sala 302 (3er piso).(si le dimos duro a la raya giant Scrappy😂)⚔️🛡 #EquidadDeVivienda #ControlDeRenta #ViviendaDigna.

Over Valentine’s day weekend tenants, homeowners, restaurant owners, and advocates in Malden, Chelsea, Mattapan, and outside the statehouse showed our love for each other through a series of actions for statewide protections against evictions and foreclosures, especially during a pandemic to shape an equitable recovery. In this newsletter, you'll find actions you can take if you're facing eviction or foreclosure and if you’re trying to help others. // Durante el fin de semana del Día de San Valentín, inquilinos, propietarios de viviendas, propietarios de restaurantes y defensores mostraron su amor mutuo a través de una serie de acciones para obtener protecciones estatales contra los desalojos y embargos, especialmente durante una pandemia para dar lugar a una recuperación equitativa. En este boletín, encontrará acciones que puede tomar si se enfrenta a un desalojo o embargo y/o si está tratando de ayudar a otros.