WE WON! On Friday, October 6th, 2017, the Jim Brooks Community Stabilization Act was signed by Boston's mayor. This took almost 3 years of organizing - we testified at City Council hearings, spoke out at rallies, joined forces with other grassroots organizations, door-knocked, strategized, called our officials, produced videos, spread the word on social media, and pushed a city-wide popular campaign. Now we're celebrating VICTORY!
But this is a beginning, not an end. The Jim Brooks Act is a home-rule petition, so it must now pass the Massachusetts state legislature. We're organizing so that will happen ASAP. And, since this Act is one small step on the longer road to stopping Boston's displacement crisis, we're also engaging our leaders on the front-lines of the crisis to envision stronger solutions - and we're building toward those solutions. Check out our photos on Facebook by clicking below!
by Homefries Matthews 177inf on September 25, 2017
Truthout covered national #RenterWeekOfAction, including the story of City Life/Vida Urbana's march to stop evictions and outrageous rent-hikes by Advanced Property Management and MG2! Check it out. Rise up for renter power!
by Homefries Matthews 177inf on September 15, 2017
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2017 - City Life/Vida Urbana kicks off National Renter Week of Action with a huge march. Gather at 10am at Back Bay T station and march with renters facing outrageous rent hikes and evictions by Advanced Property Management and MG2. RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1349431405156173
There's a displacement crisis in Boston, and many renters are losing their homes. City Life/Vida Urbana is a 44-year-old housing justice organization that helps people stay in their homes. If you're facing eviction or a major rent hike, call us at (617) 524-3541 or visit us online at clvu.org. We all have the #right2remain in Boston.
June 24th, 2017 - Boston Housing Authority's Resident Advisory Board (RAB) sponsored a press conference in collaboration with City Life/Vida Urbana. RAB spoke out for Stanley, a Section 8 renter whose landlord, Advanced Property Management (APM), has issued him a huge rent hike that would lead to his displacement. We were joined by South West Boston Community Development Corporation who also spoke out against displacement. #StandWithStanley