January 6, 2021 - In a huge victory for MAHA and our coalition partners, the state legislature just passed a home rule petition that will allow Boston to substantially increase Linkage fees that large scale commercial developers must pay for affordable housing and job training.
MAHA’s voter outreach team didn’t miss a beat as we went virtual this year. We talked to 2,269 MAHA-connected voters, giving them vital information about early voting, polling locations, and tracking their mail in ballots. We connected with hundreds of people who want to join our work to ensure development and lending in Boston reflects the needs of our residents. And we generated calls and emails to state representatives and senators asking them to redouble their efforts to move MAHA’s priority legislation.
A big thank you to our dedicated and talented phone bank team!
As 2020 winds to close, a couple of things are clear. COVID-19 is still with us and and a return to our pre-pandemic patterns is not wise. And our live Zoom-based homebuyer and homeowner classes are popular! We are on track to graduate more homebuyers than at any time in our 30 year history of offering homeownership education. That is why this decision is an easy one. MAHA will continue to offer a full schedule of live Zoom classes through, at least, June 2021 and perhaps beyond. Sign up today.
Instead of a single organizational statement as our community and our nation react to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and countless other acts of racist violence in our nation, we asked our staff to share their thoughts and feelings individually. These powerful and painful words serve as MAHA’s collective statement. Black lives matter.
It was an engaging 75 minutes with a couple of great conversations with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George and demonstrations from Ice Creamsmith, Family Affair Restaurant & Catering, Irie Jamaican Style Restaurant and Boston Harbor Distillery.
MAHA raised $12,149 to be split between our programs and a Dorchester restaurant relief fund. If you missed it (or were shut out because of our technical problems) you can watch the fun and figure out which Dorchester restaurant you want to try next.
Dorchester MA, May 26, 2020 – MAHA is one of dozens of local non-profits to receive grants of $100,000 each through the Cummings Foundation $20 Million Grant Program. The Dorchester-based organization was chosen from a total of 738 applicants during a competitive review process.
Taste of Dorchester @ Home is going virtual. Join us on Thursday, May 28th from 7:30pm-8:30pm for a fun hour of chef demonstrations, live interviews and a chance to support our Dorchester restaurants! Tickets are just $25 per household and will benefit MAHA and a Dorchester restaurant relief fund. Get your ticket now!
STAY TUNED for an exciting announcement about a Taste @ Home virtual event!
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, we have cancelled the in-person 12th annual Taste of Dorchester event scheduled for April 30th but we are busy planning an exciting virtual event for May. Stay tuned for an announcement soon.