Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation

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Allston Brighton CDC is excited to announce the launch of our Virtual Housing Advocacy Week! The week of May 10th will be full meetings, activities, and events designed to amplify our housing priorities for the preservation and creation of affordable housing in Allston Brighton, the City of Boston, and Commonwealth. For Allston Brighton to remain a strong, stable, and healthy neighborhood, we must solve our housing affordability crisis by advocating for increased affordable housing development, the preservation of current affordable stock, and pathways to homeownership, for people of low-to-moderate income.

Additionally, we firmly believe that for housing to be truly affordable, we need to ensure there are housing options in the neighborhood for a diverse range of incomes. You can find a listing of our 2021 legislative priorities in the Google folder here!

To learn more about Virtual Housing Advocacy Week, or to find opportunities to engage in our on-going advocacy efforts, please email Jason Desrosier, Manager of Community Action, at [email protected] with “Virtual Housing Advocacy Week” in the subject line.

ABCDC’s Legislative Priorities

Please email or call your State Representative and Senator during the week of May 10th to ask them to co-sponsor ABCDC’s legislative priorities for affordable housing, community development, and homeless prevention!

Allston Brighton CDC’s policy agenda for 2021 addresses both the immediate needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, as well as the long-term structural issues in our economy. We join with colleagues in MACDC, CHAPA, HERO Coalition, Right to Counsel Coalition, and Pass The Homes Act, in support of these bills. You can use the following script in your message to your State Representative and State Senator:

As your constituent, I ask that you please co-sponsor the following bills related to affordable housing, community development, and homeless prevention. This legislation will help us begin to recover from COVID-19 while also moving forward on long-term solutions to the tremendous affordable housing challenges we were facing long before the pandemic. We NEED to pass these bills this session to ensure an equitable recovery for residents of the Commonwealth. Thank you!

Virtual Housing Advocacy Week Highlights:

Launch of the “Homes We Can Afford” Campaign: Homes We Can Afford is a new initiative launched by Allston Brighton CDC’s Affordable Housing Action Committee to increase visibility about how housing affects the diverse communities that make up Allston Brighton. As the city of Boston’s population grows larger, housing has become more of an issue for many residents throughout the city. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness of the overall housing crisis in the Allston Brighton community. Throughout the week we will be sharing stories of those impacted by the lack of affordable housing, as well as those from advocates and activists. If you would like to share your story as part of the Homes We Can Afford Campaign, please email Jason Desrosier, Manager of Community Action, at [email protected] with “Homes We Can Afford” in the subject line.

Legislative Meetings: We are scheduling meetings with the legislators who represent Allston Brighton. If you would be interested in attending one of these meetings, please email Jason Desrosier, Manager of Community Action, at [email protected] with “Legislative Meetings” in the subject line. Find our legislative priorities and fact sheets that will be shared with legislators in the Google folder here.

Tweetstorm: We are organizing a tweetstorm for May 13th from 2pm – 3pm. The goal of our tweetstorm will be to raise our collective voice about the importance of housing affordability and the critical need in the community and across the state. We will send out an email the morning of our tweetstorm with sample tweets, graphics, and hashtags!

Meeting with Boston’s Dept. of Neighborhood Development to learn how the city plans to use the $28 million in HUD funds to address housing and community development needs in Boston over the coming year. If you would be interested in attending this meeting, on Monday, May 10th at 6pm please email Jason Desrosier, Manager of Community Action, at [email protected] with “DND Meeting” in the subject line.

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