MAHA educates and mobilizes across Massachusetts to break down barriers to affordable and sustainable homeownership.
MAHA held its annual meeting on December 5th and celebrated the adoption of the Community Preservation Act in Boston with 74% of voters approving question 5 this November.
MAHA said good-bye to one board member, Tom Watkins, after a long tenure on the board and hello to our newest member, Sonia Singh. Esther Maycock-Thorne is staying on the board but has passed the baton as President to Symone Crawford and two other board members accepted new roles as well. Thadine Brown moved from Clerk to Vice President and Lucille Marius is our new Clerk. State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz joined us for the celebration.
Attendees were asked to brainstorm ways to spend the $20 million in yearly CPA revenues in the city of Boston. Not surprisingly, most people urged the city to address the housing crisis by creating more affordable housing (rental and homeownership) with several calling on the city to buy existing homes and write down the costs so that low to moderate income families can afford to purchase them. Other ideas included improving existing parks and playing fields and preserving old school buildings.
Boston voters overwhelmingly passed the Community Preservation Act (Question 5) by a 74%-26% margin on November 8th, by a 74%-26% margin on November 8th, sweeping every neighborhood and winning 252 of 255 precincts. A huge thank you to MAHA members who made over 8,000 phone calls, knocked on doors, passed out fliers, and brought their friends and family to the polls!
Boston will now have approximately $20 million in new money to invest in housing Boston residents can afford, better parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields, and renovation of historic buildings to meet today's needs. The money is earmarked for those three uses, and will be allocated in an open and transparent community process.
MAHA also thanks our allies in the Yes for a Better Boston coalition. It was a pleasure to work with such a broad and diverse coalition of community organizations, labor unions, faith leaders, businesses, and elected officials from across the city.
Also on election night, ten other communities passed the Community Preservation Act including Chelsea, Watertown, Holyoke, Springfield and Pittsfield.
Stay tuned for next steps as this law is implemented. MAHA intends to be involved.
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