Tenant and community groups highlight displacement crisis

Highlighting the crisis of low-income families at risk of displacement and high homeless numbers, tenant, homeless and community groups are asking Mayor Martin Walsh to increase affordable housing resources and earmark more funds to keep working-class and lower income residents in their homes and in the City. They will deliver a petition to the Mayor urging him to expand the Inclusionary Development Program (IDP) and target resources to neighborhood stabilization.
What: Speak out and Delivery of Inclusionary Development Program (IDP) petitions 
When: March 18th, 11am-12 noon
Where: City Hall Plaza 
Residents will share their stories and deliver a petition with over 800 signatures to the Mayor, urging him to expand the Inclusionary Development Program (IDP) and to direct current and future funds from that program as well as City-owned land to house Boston’s low-income and working class residents in order to stabilize the communities.
Organizers cited a recent study that named Boston the most rapidly gentrifying city in the country as well as the fact that 35,000 low income families and individuals are paying more than 50% of their income on rent, placing thousands of Bostonians at risk of homelessness.
“If we want to keep Boston as a vibrant world class city, we ought to help keep existing working families and individuals on low or fixed incomes in their communities and homes. Boston’s Inclusionary Development Funds are a tool to support development of affordable housing,” said Darnell Johnson of Right to City Boston.
Fenway activists and the local non-profit affordable housing developer, Fenway CDC, note the severe impact of luxury development in destabilizing that neighborhood. Chinatown organizers describe the affordable housing crisis in Chinatown.
“We have tenants from ten different buildings in Chinatown right now who are facing the risk of displacement due to luxury development, escalating rents, ownership turn-over, and lack of sufficient housing that is affordable,” said Karen Chen of the Chinese Progressive Association.
 “We have lots of concrete ideas of how the City could utilize its IDP affordable housing funds & City land to the City’s homeless, near-homeless, and working class residents,” said Kathy Brown of the Boston Tenant Coalition. We look forward to working collaboratively with the new administration to realize these goals.”
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