The Boston Tenants Coalition (BTC) is a coalition of grassroots tenant neighborhood groups, community development corporations, and homeless and advocacy organizations that promotes affordable housing in Boston, organized to defend and expand the rights of tenants, and to push city, state and federal government, as well as private industry to address the needs of low-income tenants. We operate from a core belief that more affordable housing needs to be both permanent and targeted to Boston’s low-income populations.
Jim Brooks Stabilization Act – Just Cause Eviction
The Jim Brooks Stabilization Act is named after fallen activist Jim Brooks, a long-time supporter of housing, disability, and LGBTQ rights – often through civil disobedience demonstrations. Jim helped shape the intellectual conscience of a generation of Boston advocacy organizations. He had a big influence on many in terms of not only disability politics but politics in general. As an avid political strategist and a radical theoretician, Jim dedicated many of his last years trying to stop wrongful evictions and build a housing justice movement where people come before profit.
We stand proud as a community of supporters, allies and organizations from across the city to support passage of the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act. This proposal will provide a real solution now for stabilizing some of the most vulnerable residents in Boston and provide accountability for developers who are flipping our neighborhoods with no-fault evictions and increasing rents in Boston.
- We need housing stability and development without displacement.
- We need accountability for developers who are flipping our neighborhoods with no-fault evictions and increasing rents.
- We want real solutions for stabilizing the rent in Boston, so that city can maintain its rich socioeconomic, cultural, and racial diversity.
Call your district councilor and At-Large Councilors NOW– Tell them to SUPPORT AND SAY YES TO JIM BROOKS STABILIZATION ACT
Read more about the bill here. Call your city councilor today and ask that they support this new bill that will help ensure that Boston renters are aware of their rights and offers helpful aid. Check out our Facebook for the Hearing Facebook event, any media on this issue and updates on other housing campaigns.
Michael Stone Scholars Fund
Over the past several months, the Stone Scholars Advisory committee, working together with the Boston Tenant Coalition, sketched a research agenda for the Fund that will ensure continuity of the critical annual research Michael had long done on a pro bono basis for our tenant advocacy.
We want to celebrate our first Michael Stone Scholar Ian Whitney, a UMass Boston Undergraduate student. We have finalized the design of the project and have identified our final cohort of UMass partners. To read more about this fund here.
Boston Displacement Mapping
Check out this new Boston displacement map to learn more about the Boston housing crisis and follow people’s stories about their displacement experiences.
Check out this 90.9 WBUR post about tenant advocates calling for new tenant protections.