Learn About Federal Housing Policy, New Administration and What We Can Do in Boston

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On Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Jamaica Plain, you can learn about the role the federal government, particularly the new administration, has in making housing affordable, fighting housing discrimination and in ending homelessness.

City Mission, an independent nonprofit organization focused on combatting poverty and preventing family homelessness, is hosting the public meeting. Founded in 1816 by Boston’s Old South Church and Park Street Church, City Mission is hosting HUD 101: Federal Housing Policy, the New Administration, and What We Can Do in Boston, in response to the change in administration at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

One of the biggest issues in Jamaica Plain, affordable housing, will be discussed. The role federal government has in fighting housing discrimination and ending homelessness will also be explained. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about how to take action in local efforts to increase housing that is affordable for families with low incomes.

"HUD plays a major role in trying to increase housing for Boston families that is truly affordable at low incomes," said Rev. June Cooper, Executive Director at City Mission, via press release. "I think it could be doing much more, given the current affordability crisis here, and I am concerned that given new leadership in Washington, we are poised to take some steps backwards. HUD 101 is an opportunity for us to learn from experts about what that might look like and how we can keep fighting on this important issue."

Michael Kane, the executive director of MA Alliance of HUD Tenants; Eric Shupin, the director of Public Policy for the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association; and Mehreen Butt, the Director of Public Policy for Rosie's Place, will all be guests in attendance.

This event is taking place at The First Baptist Church at 633 Centre St. at 6:30 p.m. If you would like more information about this event, please contact Ruth Edens at 617-742-6830 ext. 207 or email at redens@citymissionboston.org.