Thousands of people depend on affordable housing, while thousands more Americans are on the edge of being homeless. msac will fight for decent, safe, and sanitary housing for all at a price that people can afford and, to some degree, control.
In 2015, we stopped a proposed rent increase in Lynn that would of cost residents over 55% of their monthly income.
In 2009, MSAC’s “Expiring Use” campaign achieved a major victory when Governor Patrick signed “An Act to Preserve Affordable Public Housing,” which created a process to maintain long-term affordability in private subsidized rental properties at risk of becoming market-rate. The law has since protected thousands of senior housing units in over 10 communities.
In 2009, BHA residents won more than $100,000 in retroactive funding, plus thousands of dollars in ongoing funding to support resident activities.
In 2008, we preserved the affordability of Ocean Shores housing in Lynn for another 20 years.
In 2007, we kept Security Guards intact in Boston Housing Authority’s (BHA) senior housing.
In 1989, we passed of Boston’s Senior Security Ordinance, a citywide public safety ordinance governing all public and privately subsidized housing for seniors and people with disabilities, which we are still using in our current Boston housing campaigns.
We also regularly help residents organize tenant councils so they can know their rights and address problems collectively, to hold managers and housing authorities accountable to security, local services, and maintenance issues.