Rally to Stop Displacement of 150 Low-Income JP Residents on June 12

The Forbes Building Tenants Association is holding a rally on Saturday to stop the possible displacement of more than 150 residents who are mostly low-income seniors and disabled persons. Forbes tenants preparing for the rally + press conference this Saturday!! Forbes = 147 unit bldg at 545 Centre St JP, mostly low-income seniors, persons w disabilities. Owner hasn’t followed thru on renewing subsidy contracts long-term; will expire soon (1/2) #bospoli pic.twitter.com/X4r1X6ZOcw
— MAHT (@MAHT_hudtenants) June 10, 2021

What's at stake is at least 85 apartments of which the association believed were being preserved for low-income renters for at least 20 years in the Forbes Building located at 545 Centre St through the 13A program. Thirty-seven of the units were to be preserved through the state's Mass Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), and 48 apartments through Project Based Vouchers (PBVs) from the Boston Housing Authority (BHA).

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Improper Disposal of Smoking Materials Sparked Low-Rise Blaze

Rear of Forbes Building pic.twitter.com/3njYwMAloN— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) February 16, 2015

Investigators are blaming a seventh-floor fire that forced the partial evacuation of a low-rise apartment building on a resident's improper disposal of smoking materials. The fire alarm of the multi-use building activated at 1 p.m. Monday, said Steve MacDonald, spokesperson for the Boston Fire Department. One part of the building has eight floors, another seven. It was in the seven-story section, which houses Beth Israel Deaconess Jamaica Plain on the first floor, where the fire started.

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Firefighters Knock Down Seventh-Floor Fire at 545 Centre St.

Roof fire at 545 centre. @universalhub @02130News pic.twitter.com/02645PIJ4p— Shamus Moynihan (@ShamusJP) February 16, 2015

Boston Firefighters are working fire on the top floor of the Forbes Building. According to the department's Twitter feed, they have knocked down a fire on the seventh floor. UPDATE: Full story, including the cause of the fire. The building is mostly housing for seniors.

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