[act-ma] Legislative Action Alert - Support Tenants - Come to the Hearing May 5, 2009 of the Joint Committee on Housing

Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants maht at saveourhomes.org
Fri Apr 17 12:15:51 PDT 2009



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April 15, 2009
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State House Hearing Alert
Expiring Use Legislation
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Attention Tenants and Supporters!
Urgent Notice - Mark Your Calendars - Tuesday, May 5, 2009
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JOIN US AT THE STATE HOUSE
On Tuesday, May 5, 2009 the Joint Committee on Housing will hold a hearing on the
Expiring Use Bills before them - including the Home Rule Petitions and the Statewide
Enabling Act to Preserve Affordable Housing - endorsed by MAHT and its membership
- which will limit rent increases and preserve 1000's of apartments at NO COST TO
THE STATE and thereby protect low income tenants from predatory rip-off artists 
like First Realty and Beacon Properties.
(Other legislation before the committee includes the Tucker/Honan Bill, which was
crafted by an owner-dominated task force and would only affect buildings offered
 for sale, not where owners are NOT selling such as Georgetowne, Tammybrook or Jonathan
Realty. In fact, there is currently NO BUILDING in the state where the Tucker/Honan
bill would apply.  Even if a building WERE offered for sale, the state and cities
DO NOT HAVE THE FUNDS to pay out $160,000 per apartment to purchase these buildings
- this would mean pay out of $150+ million for Georgetowne alone, if it WERE for
 sale. Only the Enabling Act or Home Rule Petitions will enable cities to save these
buildings AT NO COST by limiting these owner windfall profits.)

For detailed information about the Statewide Enabling Act to Preserve Afflordable
Housing and the Home Rule Petitions filed by Massachusetts cities and towns, go 
to MAHT's web site:
click here [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102554355413&s=539&e=0018qNQkHUtDKqsaEDiKS1E-dm55l8x4aGawAQwUwWiVOU9MG01xEBO0z1diWspBmQ4FWTkK1hAzB2KvKR0cjBCl17H4Q6Xt15ev5dkGdkbrUOy7CChDeRm_KOaUpnhqIWJpL_eB7VDhAx3E7u3QIUAidWS7myH2tjm].
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WHERE DO WE MEET?
COME TO ROOM A-1 AT THE STATE HOUSE ANNEX, TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2009
NO LATER THAN 10:00 AM - TO ENSURE A SEAT.
We anticipate the Hearing will last a couple of hours - perhaps as long as 12:30
 PM.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT and/or TESTIFY as a tenant who has lost or is about to lose your
home.
Even if your home is not at risk, COME TO THE STATE HOUSE ON MAY 5 TO SHOW YOUR 
SOLIDARITY WITH TENANTS WHO STAND TO LOSE THEIR HOMES without the protections of
 the Statewide Enabling Act and/or the Home Rule Petitions.
WHAT IF WE ARRIVE EARLY?
Breakfast will be provided for early arrivals in Room 437 (next to the 4th Floor
 Cafeteria at the State House) starting at 9:00 AM
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE HEARING?
MAHT Tenants will lobby their legislators.  Following this, we will have lunch together
at the Swedenborgian Church at 140 Bowdoin Street, across from the State House.

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The world has changed since last year!  We can no longer afford to continue give-aways
of public money to landlords who manipulate the legislative process for their own
financial gain.
We can no longer stand by while our political leadership continues to allow obscenely
wealthy landlords to convert to market rate at the expense of low income tenants.
We must stand together to:
SAVE OUR HOMES!
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Remember  to RSVP.
Call the MAHT office at 617.267.2949 if:
*You'd like more information
*You plan to come to the State House on May 5th
*You'd like to testify about your building's situation
*You need transportation from your city or town to the State House
See You On May 5th!

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