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
Take Action Today!
Right now we again need to take collective action to move the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act to the next level. Representative Chynah Tylerhas fiercely stepped forward to lead the charge at the state level and we need your help. All across our great city we have Elected Officials that need to hear our voice and join Rep. Tyler in support of the Jim Brooks Stabilization home-rule petition for Boston! We are calling on all Boston State Delegation members to act now and sign-on early to this bill.
The Jim Brooks Community Stabilization Home-rule petition does 3 things…
Creates a mechanism for tenants facing eviction to be informed of their rights under existing state law
Helps the City track the rate of evictions to create targeted solutions to address the displacement crisis
Provides new protections for former homeowners after foreclosure
Sample Script – Boston Delegation members:
“Hi, this is [your name] and I live in your district. I’m calling today because the time is now for Boston to lead by example and prove that low-income, working class, people of color communities have a Right to Remain! Displacement effects all neighborhoods across Massachusetts. Corporate greed, and foreign speculation have no place taking away our right to stabilization and fairness. I ask that you sign on now in support of the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act Home-rule petition. Representative Tyler is assembling co-sponsors and we need to add you to our group of support. Please support the residents of Boston and help stop displacement now!”
Sample Script – Massachusetts House members:
“Hi, this is [your name] and I live in your district. I’m calling today because low-income, working class, people of color communities have a Right to Remain! Displacement and lack of affordable housing effects all neighborhoods across Massachusetts. Corporate greed, and foreign speculation have no place taking away our right to stabilization and fairness. I ask that you sign on now in support of the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act Home-rule petition. Representative Tyler is assembling co-sponsors and we need to add you to our group of support. Please support the residents of Boston and help stop displacement now!”
To find your State Representative or Senator, Click Here.
The Jim Brooks Community 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.
It has passed in the city council and we will need your help for passing at the state level. Stay tuned!
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 and welcome our second; Rose Southard, also a UMass Boston Undergraduate student. We have finalized the design of the project and have identified our final cohort of UMass partners. 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.