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.
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.
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%! "
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
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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.
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.
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.
“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.
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Save Our Homes Campaign wins support from Massachusetts Congressional delegation, moves US Senator Scott Brown... Read more here
MAHT in PRINT:
Shelter Forcenational 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.