Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants

Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants
42 Seaverns Ave
Boston, MA 02130
tel: 617-267-2949
fax: 617-522-4857

 

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Tenants United to Save Our Homes

The Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (MAHT) is the only resident-run, membership coalition providing organizing and technical assistance to HUD tenants in Eastern and Central Massachusetts. Our mission is to preserve and improve at-risk HUD buildings as permanently affordable housing with a maximum of resident participation, ownership, and control.



MAHT to Celebrate 30th Anniversary at
December 12th Holiday Party

Thursday 12/12 6pm - 9pm
Susan Bailis House 352 Mass Ave. Boston
Special Guests:
Mel King
Miloon Kothari, former UN Special Rapporteur for Right to Adequate Housing


For the past 30 years, MAHT has saved more than 11,500 apartments through tenant organizing.
15,000 more are currently at risk! DONATE NOW to help MAHT tenants save our homes!
See PayPal link on left to donate
Read 30th Anniversary Appeal Letter Here

 

Mayor Walsh Makes Commitment

to Save Funding for Section 8 Vouchers

Walsh Joins Rally to Save Section 8
Boston Bulletin November 7, 2013

Rental Subsidy Cuts Prompt Appeal to Candidates,
Chris Lovett, Boston Neighborhood Network News, November 1, 2013 (video)

Coalition Letter to Mayoral and Council Candidates

 

Highlights of Budget for All Campaign Coverage:

Boston protesters issue ‘cease and desist’ letter to Republicans at party headquarters,
Morgan Rousseau, Boston Metro, October 16, 2013

Shutdown will cause federal funding for Section 8 to dry up Nov. 1,
Springfield Republican, October 9, 2013

Residents, Federal Employees Brace For Possible Government Shutdown,
Steve Annear, Boston Magazine, September 30, 2013

Thousands Of Federal Workers In Mass. Face Furloughs,
by Fred Bever, WBUR 90.9, October 1, 2013 (includes audio)

Protesters call for decreased military spending, halt to federal budget cuts,
Jeremy C. Fox, Boston.com, July 10, 2013

Advocates Put Spotlight on Federal Cuts,
Chris Lovett, Boston Neighborhood Network News, July 10, 2013

BNN News Interviews Michael Kane and Juell Frazier,
Adam Boyajy, May 22, 2013

Federal cuts hitting housing subsidy program,
Megan Woolhouse, Boston Globe, May 26, 2013

Rally Draws Attention to Federal Budget Cuts,
Boston Neighborhood Network News, Chris Lovett, May 16, 2013

Budget4All Massachusetts Rally in Government Center,
Boston Neighborhood Network News, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Anti-Sequestration Rally Hits Hub;
Groups Fear Massive Social Spending Cuts,
Open Media Boston, Andrew Jeromski, February 16, 2013

Fiscal Cliff Talks Draw Protesters, WGBH Radio, November 26, 2012

For complete coverage, go to Budget for All press page


Mass Voters Send Message to Washington
by Passing Budget for All Referendum

In November 2012, by a three to one margin, Massachusetts voters sent a clear message to both Democrats and Republicans in Washington about the federal budget.  The Budget for All ballot question passed by 661,033 to 222,514 votes.  It calls for no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or other vital programs; investment in useful jobs; an end to corporate tax loopholes and to the Bush cuts on taxes on high incomes; withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan now; and redirection of military spending to domestic needs and job creation. 

Click here to read the full press release.



Budget for All Referendum

"Budget for All" Supporters Rally in Dorchester


Supporters Rally in Dorchester from Chris Lovett on Vimeo

In October 2012, supporters of the Budget for All non-binding referendum question on the ballot in all of Boston and other districts in MA on November 6--to preserve social net programs threatened by proposed federal budget cuts--rally in Dorchester outside the Codman Square Health Center.

Margaret Arneaud, MAHT Board Member's statement from the Rally: "Question 4 is a visionary statement of the principles of economic justice, peace and humanity that Doctor King represented and died for. On Election Day, let us stand as "drum majors for justice" at the polls to help a million voters send a powerful message to Washington:   No More Cuts, Tax the 1%! " 

Click here to read her full statment

Ballot questions intended to send leaders a message,
Peter Schworm, Boston Globe, November 5, 2012

 

Michael Kane and Molly Hannon on Neighborhood Network News
(Interview Starts at minute 5)


OCCUPY Boston RADIO

The Federal Budget: What Does it Mean to You?
And What Can You Do About It?

Michael Kane and Molly Hannon on
Free School University Radio
talk about the Budget for All Referendum Campaign
Click here for more information

Budget For All



The language for the Budget for All Referendum reads:

Prevent cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits, and housing, food and unemployment  assistance; Create and protect jobs by investing in manufacturing, schools, housing, renewable energy, transportation  and other public services; Provide new revenues for these purposes and to reduce the long-term federal deficit by closing corporate tax loopholes, ending offshore tax havens, and raising taxes on incomes over  $250,000; and Redirect military spending to these domestic needs by reducing the military budget, ending the Afghanistan war and bringing U.S. troops home safely now.

Go to the Budget for ALL Referendum Campaign website for more information.

 

 Recent News and Actions:

Yvonne Abraham Column about Warren Hall
Boston Globe, Oct. 10, 2013

Lawmakers Hear Appeal to Preserve Affordable Housing
State House News Service, June 4th, 2013

Tenants Try to Preserve Affordable Units in Brighton
BNN News Video, June 3rd, 2013

Rutland Housing Tenants Organize to Save their Homes

Rutland Housing

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MAHT Won the First Ever Resident Tenant Organizing Award from the National Low Income Housing Coalition

NLIHC’s Resident Organizing Award is given for outstanding achievement in resident organizing activity at the state or local level that furthers the mission of NLIHC: achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. 

NLIHC honors the Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants for their 2011 Save Our Homes campaign that moved U. S. Senator Scott Brown to support full funding for HUD rental housing programs, and to help pass two amendments to the FY12 THUD Appropriations bill that will protect up to 80,000 families nationwide.

Click here to see the Award Ceremony Pamphlet 

The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.  Founded in 1974 by Cushing N. Dolbeare, NLIHC educates, organizes and advocates to ensure decent, affordable housing within healthy neighborhoods for everyone.  Their goals are to preserve existing federally assisted homes and housing resources, expand the supply of low income housing, and establish housing stability as the primary purpose of federal low income housing policy.


PAST NEWS:

 


“Merkley-Brown” amendment to permanently save Warren Hall and 50,000 similarly at-risk apartments nationwide. A Warren Hall tenant leader, Dave Horan, had never met a government official, let alone travelled to Washington DC.  But Dave secured a commitment from HUD officials to provide subsidy protections for 28 of his elderly neighbors in Brighton when HUD contracts expired December 1.

BNN News Interview with Warren Hall Tenants:

BNN News Interviews NAHT Board Memeber, Susan Mills and MAHT Executive Director, Michael Kane:

 

No More Cuts! Tax the 1% Rally
On November 15th, 2011 over 4000 letters, collected on election day, were delievered to Senator John Kerry and Scott Brown (see a copy of the letter) calling for NO CUTS to vital social programs, TAXING the wealthy, CREATING jobs, and cutting unneeded MILITARY spending. Press release.

Watch a video of this rally:

Save Our Homes Campaign wins support from Massachusetts Congressional delegation, moves US Senator Scott Brown... Read more here

 

 


 

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Shelter Force national magazine, Winter 2010 This article highlights the expiring mortgage crisis and successful organizing by the Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants in response.View the article here

Shelterforce is the nation’s oldest continually published housing and community development magazine. It is published by the National Housing Institute, an independent nonprofit organization that examines the issues causing the crisis in housing and community in America.

Global Tenant - The International Union of Tenants' Quarterly Magazine, Septermber 2009:
View the publication here