Housing advocates rally to end evictions

July 30, 2008

ACE member Michelle McGruder at Paula Taylor's eviction blockade

Yesterday, City Life/Vida Urbana and partners rallied at the State House in support of three bills that could help end the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts. The three bills would place a temporary moratorium on foreclosures, require just cause for all evictions and require judicial review of foreclosures.

Supporters held up cardboard keys, representing the 30,000 homes in foreclosure across the Commonwealth. One key was painted black in memory of Carlene Balderrama, a Taunton woman who committed suicide when faced with foreclosure.

Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, CLVU Tenant Organizer Soledad Lawrence, and Roxbury resident Paula Taylor, whose home was successfully defended from a post-foreclosure eviction all spoke in favor of the legislation. Ralliers then visited legislators and urged them to support the bills. They also presented lawmakers with a key as a reminder that many people are at risk of losing their homes.

The governor has expressed support for each of these measures and almost half of the house has signed on as sponsors. Additionally, Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Lawrence have voted to support the legislation. However, with the current legislative session closing this week, these bills must come to a vote tomorrow or they will have to be re-filed next year.

To take action, call your state representative and senator and ask them to pass these bills.