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.
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.
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.
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.
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.