As the world races to put in place provisions to protect public health in the wake of COVID-19, government leaders are attempting to mitigate the financial hardship from this crisis. Governments and banks in Spain, Italy, France, England and Canada have instituted various forms of mortgage payment suspensions or freezes ranging from one month to six months.
Due to the unprecedented situation with the spread of COVID-19, MAHA's office remains closed until further notice but our staff is working regular hours from home. We will be moving our in-person homeownership classes online and will be communicating with all those who have signed up for a class. Please bear with us as we adapt to this rapidly evolving emergency.
Join us for a fun and exciting annual meeting on Monday, December 16th as we celebrate an active and fruitful 2019. There will be dinner, dessert and a fond farewell to our retiring HomeSafe program manager Jorge Casas after 18 years of outstanding service to low- and moderate-income homeowners. We will also be congratulating MAHA board member Kenzie Bok on her recent election to the Boston City Council.
Our congratulations to Kenzie Bok on winning the District 8 City Council seat yesterday. Kenzie becomes the first MAHA Board member to win elective office in the organization's 34 year history. Kenzie was a leader in the effort to pass the Community Preservation Act in Boston in 2016 and campaigned on a platform of increasing affordable housing opportunities in her district and throughout the city. We look forward to working with her in 2020.
On Tuesday, November 5th voters will go to the polls...or will they? Make sure you are one of those who make a plan and VOTE. Boston voters will select four at-large City Councilors and voters in Districts 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 will decide on who will represent them. In addition, Boston voters will be asked their opinion in a non-binding referendum that proposes to change the name of Dudley Square to Nubian Square. Polls are open from 7am-8pm.
In some odd-numbered years, our politics can be sleepy. But not this year! Fifteen candidates are running for four at-large City Council seats and there are active races in Districts 5 (Hyde Park-Mattapan), 7 (Roxbury), 8 (Back Bay-Fenway-Mission Hill), and 9 (Allston-Brighton). MAHA is reminding all that it is important to get out and vote on Tuesday, September 24th between 7am-8pm. Check out our questionnaire to the candidates to find out where they stand on issues important to MAHA members.