I began my career in housing first working with individuals facing homelessness in California at Sacramento Loaves and Fishes and then as a housing advocate for the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance in Boston. The work showed me that housing is about more than finding a place to live. Stable housing plays a role in creating a solid foundation for improving someone’s health and their ability to receive support for mental health issues, recovery and addiction, and trauma. Reliable housing can also enable connections to transportation, education, and work opportunities. COVID-19 has only made the work of providing housing more difficult and important.
Join us as we rock out to the sounds of Oompa, Zili Misik, JahRiffe & Jah-N-I Roots Movement, The Group Activity, and dance in the streets with Metamovements Latin Dance Company. This event is free and open to our entire community. Indoors in the Brewery complex, local artists affiliated with City Life/Vida Urbana will display and sell hand-died textiles and paintings as part of JP Open Studios. Bring your friends and neighbors! Are you tired of neighbors, friends and family getting displaced from their homes and communities?
On Saturday, April 13th, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at the Dewitt Center in Roxbury, the Mayor's Office of Fair Housing and Equity will host The Boston Fair Housing Open House. The Open House event is an opportunity for individuals to learn about the Boston Fair Housing Commission, which investigates complaints of housing discrimination within the City. Constituents will also have the opportunity to connect with other City services and partners who will provide information about affordable housing options for renters and buyers, as well as other related housing resources.
Boston is going through a period of historic growth -- the kind our city hasn’t seen in decades. More people are choosing to put down roots and start families here. More businesses are choosing to open their doors here. Students from all over the world come to attend our universities and colleges each year. As Boston grows, we must keep our focus on the families and communities that make our our city the diverse, welcoming and world-class place it is.
Boston has an additional $20 million this year to fund affordable housing, parks, open space and historic preservation thanks to the Community Preservation Act. On April 3rd, the Jamaica Plain community is invited to a public forum to share their ideas on how to spend that money. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) organized and will lead the forum with a host of elected officials sponsoring the event and local organizations as co-sponsors. Boston adopted the Community Preservation Act (CPA) by voting in support of it in November 2016. More than 170 Massachusetts municipalities have adopted the CPA, according to the Community Preservation Coalition.