Community groups call for affordable housing
By Ling-Mei Wong
A protest organized by community activists took place on March 13. The Chinese Progressive Association and the Chinatown Resident Association participated.
“There are thousands of luxury condo units being built around Chinatown, but less than a hundred affordable housing units in the buildings,” said Henry Yee, chairman of the CRA. “We don’t want Chinatown to be without Chinese residents.”
More than 150 protesters gathered at the State Street T stop, then made their way over to Harrison Avenue and Essex Street. They chanted slogans against banks and home mortgage lenders such as Bank of America and Fannie Mae in English, Cantonese and Spanish.
Participating organizations include the Chelsea Collaborative, City Life Vida Urbana, Northside Bank Tenant Association, Lynn United for Change, Alternatives for Community and Environment, and Boston Workers Alliance.
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