OUR LADYS GUILD HOUSE NEWS COVERAGE
After long dispute, Fenway women’s home poised to become affordable housing for good
“Our Lady’s Guild House is committed to ensure that the vast majority of the building is affordable housing,” Norton said….The Fenway CDC and Planning Office of Urban Affairs — an affordable housing developer affiliated with the Archdiocese of Boston — would be interested in purchasing the building and turning it into permanent affordable housing, Giordano said…”Tenants for years have argued that the owners and management company were discriminating against older residents, trying to push them out, raise the rents, and replace them with students.”
“The city’s been working on this issue for a decade now, and we are pleased that the current owners are going to sell this really important asset to create permanent affordable housing…” Dillon said. “We are very hopeful that 100 percent of the units at this address would be deed-restricted, long term affordable housing.” Read more at Boston Globe.
Controversial Fenway Roominghouse Offered to Affordable Developers
“Owners of a Fenway roominghouse under fire for discriminatory rental policies have hired Colliers to market the property, which is being sought for acquisition by a pair of affordable housing developers.” Read more at Bankers & Tradesman.
CDC SEEKS TO SAVE HOUSING FOR WOMEN
“William Grogan, President of POUA, sees preserving OLGH as a key piece in addressing Boston’s affordable housing crisis. ‘It’s critical to make strong efforts to preserve housing like Our Lady’s Guild House with restrictions in place that will ensure it can remain affordable for the next generation,’ Grogan said. Read more at The Boston Guardian.
RECLAIM OUR LADY’S GUILD HOUSE: RESIDENTS AND ACTIVISTS CALL FOR TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP TO TWO BOSTON NON-PROFITS
“In addition to blatantly discriminating against seniors and those with disabilities, the Daughters and Roos have imposed illegal fees, and violated other landlord-tenant and consumer protection statutes. Senior OLGH residents have identified Fenway CDC and POUA as potential new owners for the building. Leaders of both organizations have offered their respective commitments to returning the rooming house to its charitable mission…” Read more at Boston Sun.
BUS 55 BUS NEWS COVERAGE
Fenway Residents Rally for Full Restoration of Service on the #55 Bus
“Several months after rallying for restoration of the 55 bus after it was suspended, Fenway residents, organizations, and businesses are calling for complete restoration of service on the bus line, which has been running on a summer schedule since the spring.” Read more at Boston Sun.
Fenway Residents Seek Full Return of Bus Route 55
“Fenway resident Charles Martel talks about efforts to get full restoration of the service from the No. 55 bus, even extended to connections at Park Street, and with capacity for the area’s expected growth in housing and jobs.” Watch video at BNN.
Bus Riders Demand MBTA Restore Full Service
“Residents rallied in the Fenway Sunday to demand the MBTA restore full service on a local bus line… Neighbors said the community relies heavily on public transit, calling for the stops to be restored and service extended to nearby Park Street.” Read more at WHDH. Watch video.
Dozens rally at MBTA stop in Fenway to restore bus schedule
“Fenway resident Charles Martel talks about efforts to get full restoration of the service from the No. 55 bus, even extended to connections at Park Street, and with capacity for the area’s expected growth in housing and jobs.” Read more at WHDH.
Fenway residents plan to rally for return of Route 55 bus to pre-pandemic schedule
“A lot of elderly and disabled people can’t make the nearly 15-minute walk I have to take to Kenmore Square to catch the Green Line to Park Street and then the Red Line to MIT,” she said. “For people who are working, the new schedule’s not feasible at all.” Read more at Boston Herald.
Community Rallies for the 55 Bus
“There is a gap in public transit for residents who rely on it the most…many Fenway elders rely on the 55 [bus] for grocery shopping appointments, and other activities.” Read more at Sampan.
Bus 55 video coverage Channel 25.
BURBANK TERRACE NEWS COVERAGE
Fenway CDC Receives Announcement of State and Federal Funding Award for Burbank Terrace.
On July 15th, the Baker-Polito Administration announced
that Burbank Terrace, Fenway CDC’s 27-unit 100% affordable new construction project at 72 Burbank Street, has been awarded funding through the state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Burbank Terrace is among 28 recently awarded projects in the Commonwealth to receive direct subsidy and state and federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits from DHCD for the creation of affordable rental housing. The City of Boston is also supporting the project with $2.8 million in its own funds. Fenway CDC is excited about this incredible opportunity to expand access to affordable housing in the Fenway. Congratulations to all of the awarded projects!
Health Care Institutions Invest in Tenant Protections for Community Health. Fenway CDC was named the lead agency for a $500,000 “focused investment” grant from the BIDMC initiative in December 2020. Along with four partner groups, Fenway CDC will use the grant to “organize and campaign at the city and state level to move legislation, budget items, and policies that will increase funding for affordable housing and rental subsidies, further fair housing, and improve tenants’ rights.” Read article from Shelterforce.org