Major Papers Urge No on 2!
Monday, November 1, 2010
The No on 2 Campaign has received at least 66 editorials in our favor and there have been No on 2 op eds in at least 47 newspapers. That amounts to great coverage and a lot of support for No on 2!

 

Here are some of the papers who are urging voters to Vote No on 2! If you haven't seen them, take a look at what they have to say here.

The Boston Globe
Boston Phoenix
Amherst Bulletin
Attleboro Sun Chronicle
Banker & Tradesman
Barnstable Patriot
Bay State Banner
Belmont Citizen Tribune
Boston Business Journal
Bourne Courier
Brewster Cape Codder
Brockton Enterprise
Brookline Tab
Cambridge Chronicle
Cape Cod Times
Catholic Free Press
Channel 5 (WCVB-TV)
Chatham Cape Codder
Chelsea Record
Daily Hampshire Gazette
Dorchester News
Eastham Cape Codder
Falmouth Bulletin
Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise
Greenfield Recorder
Harwich Oracle
Marblehead Reporter
Martha’s Vineyard Times
MetroWest Daily News
Milford Daily News
Needham Times
Newton Tab
New Bedford Standard Times
Orleans Cape Codder
Patriot Ledger
Salem News
Somerville Journal
Providence Business News
Providence Journal
Provincetown Banner
Sandwich Broadsider
Somerville News
Springfield Republican
Truro Cape Codder
Weston Town Crier
Tufts Daily
Winthrop Transcript
Worcester Business Journal
Worcester Magazine
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Yarmouth Register
 

 

Major Papers Urge No on 2!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Most of the state’s leading newspapers have published editorials urging voters to Vote No on Question 2! These include:
 

  • The Boston Globe
  • Attleboro Sun Chronicle
  • Banker & Tradesman
  • Berkshire Eagle
  • Boston Business Journal
  • Brockton Enterprise
  • Cape Cod Times
  • Daily Hampshire Gazette
  • Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise
  • Harwich Oracle
  • MetroWest Daily News
  • Milford Daily News
  • New Bedford Standard Times
  • Patriot Ledger
  • Salem News
  • Providence Business News
  • Providence Journal
  • Springfield Republican
  • Worcester Business Journal
  • Worcester Magazine
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Election Day 1 Week Away!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Election Day is just one week away and we've got a lot to do to ensure that No on 2 wins! If you have not yet signed up to hold a poll sign on election day, please email us now! We've gotten countless editorials in our favor and all four candidates for governor say Vote NO on Question 2! How will you vote?
No on 2 TV Ad Up Today!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Today the Vote No on Question 2 campaign went on the air with our TV ad. You can learn more about the residents featured in the ad on our website. Like everyone on our website, they are real people who needed real affordable homes, which the affordable housing law provided them. Make sure all your friends, family, and colleagues understand that voting No on Question 2 is a vote for more affordable housing in Massachusetts.
More to do for No on 2!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Between now and election day there's still a lot to do for the No on 2 campaign! We've only got 11 days to go!

 

Here's how you can help:

- Hold a sign at your polling location!

- Email your personal and professional network, asking them to Vote No on 2 on election day and asking them to volunteer!

- Phone bank each night starting Monday Oct 25, from 18 Tremont St, 4th floor or from home.

- Hand out literature at T or Commuter Rail stops.

- Deliver palm cards to residents in affordable housing developments.

 

If you're available to help out with any of these, email info@protectaffordablehousing.org.

Over 1,600 supporters for Vote No on 2!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Our list of supporters is long, we know, so maybe you've missed seeing some folks who are urging you to Vote NO on 2 on November 2nd:

  • All Four Candidates for Governor: Governor Deval Patrick, Charlie Baker, Treasurer Tim Cahill, and Jill Stein
  • Habitat for Humanity Chapters in the Pioneer Valley, Cape Cod, Greater Boston, Greater Lowell, the North Shore, Greater Springfield, MetroWest and Greater Worcester
  • AARP
  • Arc of Massachusetts
  • Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  • League of Women Voters of Massachusetts
  • Environmental League of Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
  • Massachusetts AFL-CIO
  • Massachusetts Association of Older Americans
  • Massachusetts Association of Realtors
  • Massachusetts Council of Churches
  • Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers
  • Progressive Business Leaders Network of Massachusetts
  • Soldier On/United Veterans of America
  • YWCA of Central Massachusetts
     

There are plenty more, and more being added every day!

All Candidate for Gov Say No on 2!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Today AARP hosted a forum for the candidates for governor. AARP and all of the candidates for governor have stated their support for No on 2!

Governor Deval Patrick: "The Affordable Housing Law is one of the tools that we use to invest in affordable housing. If this law is repealed through Question 2, we will loose a crucial ally in the fight to improve and expand affordable housing options. Repealing this law would undermine our commitment to the working families and small businesses that rely on affordable housing to grow jobs and lead our state out of the national recession faster than the rest of the country."

Charlie Baker: "When I cast my ballot on November 2nd, I will vote no on Question Two. The Affordable Housing Law is a necessary tool to build homes for working families, veterans, and seniors."

Tim Cahill: "People should Vote NO on Question 2 to protect a law that creates economic activity, jobs and builds homes for working families, veterans, and seniors who need it. If the law is repealed in November, we will lose out on approximately 50,000 jobs and $10 billion in economic activity at the worst possible time."
Springfield Votes No on 2
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Last night the Springfield City Council passed a resolution urging voters to Vote No on 2! Springfield joins a number of cities and towns who have passed such a resolution, including Cambridge, Worcester, Needham, and Northampton. The affordabel housing law is an important tool for cities and towns to build the affordable housing they want for the seniors and working families in their communities who need it. Vote No on 2!
Mark Your Calendar: Election Day Party!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
You've been working really hard during this campaign to protect affordable housing for seniors and working famlies who need it. Come celebrate all the hard work you've done with us on election night after the polls close! We'll be getting in the election results, enjoying some light appetizers, partaking in the cash bar, and listening to DJ James Kyle spin while we celebrate a campaign well fought.

 

Where: Ned Devines, Faneuil Hall

When: 8pm until close

What: Get election results on Question 2 here and celebrate a campaign well fought!

Needham Board of Selectmen Vote No on 2
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Last night the Needham Board of Selectmen voted to endorse the Vote No on 2 Campaign and protecte the affordable housing law. This comes after Cambridge, Worcester, and Northampton City Councils voted to endorse No on 2 earlier this fall, demonstrating that affordable housing is an issue across the state and we cannot afford to repeal the main tool for building it. Homes will be more expensive if this law is repealed in November. Needham is another town highlighting the importance of the affordable houisng law in providing homes for its residents. Vote No on 2 in November!
Interfaith Petition Supporting No on 2 Released Tomorrow
Monday, October 11, 2010
Tomorrow, members of Clergy and Representatives from Massachusetts Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Unitarian and Interfaith Organizations will gather at Trinity Church to urge voters to Vote “NO” on Question 2.

The Vote “No” on Question 2 Campaign, which serves to protect affordable housing for all Massachusetts residents, has received an interfaith statement of support singed by more than 200 faith-based organizations and clergy members from across the state and religious spectrum. The statement is yet another reminder that affordable housing is an issue that touches people of all economies, political persuasions, and faiths.

“Housing is a basic human need. The Massachusetts Affordable Housing Law, also known as Chapter 40B, has created affordable homes for tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents,” according to the statement. “Seniors, working families, veterans, and people with disabilities are just a few examples of people who need more affordable options to own or rent a home.  Without this law, fewer people will be able to attain an affordable home to serve as a foundation for human dignity, health and well-being.”

Click here full list of signatories and the complete statement.

WHERE:
Trinity Church
206 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA

WHEN:
Tuesday
October 12, 2010
11 AM

WHO:  
Bishop Thomas Shaw - Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts,
Latifa Turner Ziyad, Vice-President - Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
Rabbi Elaine Zecher - Temple Israel
Gerry D'Avolio, Executive Director - Massachusetts Catholic Conference
Ellen Feingold, Treasurer - Vote “NO” on 2 Campaign
 
Thank you for donating!
Friday, October 8, 2010
Thanks to all of you who donated online this week during our online fundraising push. It was a great success, but we still have more ground to cover to get to a resounding No vote on November 2nd. If you haven't given yet, there's still time! Every little bit helps!
Northampton Votes No on 2!
Friday, October 8, 2010
Last night the Northampton City Council passed a resolution urging voters to Vote No on 2! They are now the third city, behind Cambridge and Worcester, to pass such a resolution, which underscores the importance of the affordable housing law across the state. Seniors and working families across Massachusetts are struggling right now, and we can't afford to make housing less affordable. Vote No on 2!
New DHCD Inventory Shows Substantial Progress is Being Made on Affordable Housing
Monday, October 4, 2010
The Department of Houisng and Community Development has updated a report on the inventory of affordable housing in Massachusetts and has found that the Commonwealth continues to make progress. 130 municipalities are above or near the goal of 10% affordable housing stock, which the affordable housing law creates. This is the highest number ever reported. Repealing the affordable housing law will stop this progress in its tracks. We can’t let that happen.
No on 2 Active in Western MA!
Friday, October 1, 2010
The Vote No on 2 campaign has been active across the Commonwealth this fall letting voters know that repealing the affordable housing law will make housing less affordable in Massachusetts.

 

Yesterday our Western Massachusetts team met with Ben Scranton, director of the Pioneer Valley Association of Realtors, which has adopted the NO on 2 position. They will be hosting a breakfast in October at which Kevin Sears, president of the Mass. Association of Realtors, who will be talking about Voting NO on 2.

 

After that meeting, we headed to the Alliance to Develop Power in Springfield, which is a grassroots community organizing and economic empowerment group, with over 1,400 units of cooperatively owned housing. They have also endorsed No on 2 and will be working to protect the affordable housing law from repeal in November.

 

Thanks for all your support in Western Massachusetts!

All Gubernatorial Candidates Vote No on 2
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Yesterday, at the Providers' Council gubernatorial debate, candidate Jill Stein agreed with Deval Patrick, Charlie Baker, and Tim Cahill that the affordable housing law needs to be protected for seniors and working families who need it. Repealing this law will make homes less affordable in Massachusetts. The economic benefits are too large to ignore: we would lose 50,000 jobs and over $10 billion in economic activity if the law is repealed in November. All of the candidates in the race for governor agree to Vote No on 2 to protect seniors and working families!
Vote No on 2 on the Jim Pillsbury Show
Monday, September 27, 2010
There has been increased attention to all of the questions on the November 2nd ballot, and Question 2 is no exception. Did you see us mentioned by Tom Keane in today's Boston Globe? Or in yesterday's Banker and Tradesman?

Tonight at 7pm, the Jim Pillsbury Show on Framingham Public Access TV will be taking up the discussion of Question 2 on the ballot in November with our own Phil Giffee. 

You can view the show live at:
 
RCN Channel 3
Comcast Channel 9
Verizon Channel 43

Mass AFL-CIO Endorses No on 2
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The Mass AFL CIO endorsed No on 2 this fall, and today we're at their convention letting union members know about the importance of protecting the affordable housing law for working families like their own. Without this law, housing will be less affordable in Massachusetts. And did we mention that all three of the gubernatorial candidates support No on 2? It doesn't matter what end of the political spectrum you're on, we can all stand behind protecting affordable housing for seniors and working families who need it.
Roman Catholic Bishops Support No on 2
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
September 21, 2010--Today the Roman Catholic Bishops in Massachusetts released a statement affirming their support for a state law advancing affordable housing in Massachusetts. The Affordable Housing Law, otherwise known as “Chapter 40B,” is targeted for repeal on the November statewide ballot by Question 2. The Ordinaries of the Archdiocese of Boston, and the Dioceses of Fall River, Springfield, and Worcester urge a “no” vote on Question 2, in order to retain the law as an effective tool for promoting the building of affordable homes.
 
“The strength of the Bishops’ support for the Affordable Housing Law underscores the significant need for affordable housing across the Commonwealth and the important work being done to meet that need,” said Lisa Alberghini, President of the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, a nonprofit social justice ministry and the housing development office of the Archdiocese of Boston. “In our daily efforts to create vibrant communities through the development of high quality affordable and mixed income housing, we see first-hand this demand which is far from being met. Chapter 40B helps us provide residents of the Commonwealth with dignified, affordable homes, and should remain intact.”
 
According to the Bishops, “Chapter 40B is a critical resource in the Commonwealth that should be preserved.” In the statement, the Bishops cite stories from parishes and ministries as examples of why they support the Affordable Housing Law: homes lost to foreclosure; parents unable to find housing close to good schools; and the elderly and disabled unable to afford adequate housing. The full text of the statement is attached.
 
Lawmakers enacted Chapter 40B in 1969 to encourage the construction of affordable housing. The law operates through a combination of regulatory incentives and restrictions aimed at making at least ten percent of all housing in a community economically accessible. In support of Chapter 40B, the Bishops reflect on the considerable role the church has played in providing affordable homes and agree on the effectiveness of the Affordable Housing Law.
 
The Bishops conclude that “[v]oting ‘no’ on Question 2 will keep Chapter 40B on the books and thus preserve our state’s ability to act in the most effective way to meet the need of every individual for a decent affordable home.”
 
The statement is signed by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, Archdiocese of Boston, Bishop George W. Coleman, Diocese of Fall River, Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell, Diocese of Springfield, and Bishop Robert J. McManus, Diocese of Worcester. The Massachusetts Catholic Conference is the public policy office for the Bishops in the Commonwealth.
 
Congratulations, James Madden!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Congratulations to the Vote No on 2 Campaign's very own James Madden, Eastern Massachusetts Field Coordinator, for his Stars 40 Under 40 Award! More evidence that he's an emerging leader on the South Shore. We knew it all along, but it's always nice to see him recognized for his achievements! Thanks for your dedication to Vote No on 2, James!
Hitting the road in Lowell
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The Vote No on 2 Campaign is working all over the state! Last night we had a great meeting in Lowell. Thanks City Manager Lynch, Assistant City Manager Henri Marchand, City Councilors Patrick Murphy, Joseph Mendonça, Mike Demaris, and Carol McCarthy for your support and for standing up for seniors and working families in Lowell and across the state!
Thank you, Solar Circle, for a great block party!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Yesterday the Vote No on 2 Campaign hosted a great block party at the Solar Circle affordable housing development in Haydenville, MA. Solar Circle is a great example of where affordable housing meets green, sustainable building. And it wouldn't have happened without the affordable housing law.

 

The block party was a great opportunity to meet the families who live in affordable housing, hear their stories, and tour their homes. Thank you for your hospitality, Solar Circle! It was a great way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon!

ONE Massachusetts Endorses No on 2
Friday, September 17, 2010
ONE Massachusetts helped the Vote “NO” on 2 Campaign by urging voters to support our efforts on November 2. On its blog ONE Massachusetts said people should protect this law because it provides opportunities for all residents in our state to afford safe, healthy homes.
 
ONE Massachusetts is a network in formation of people and organizations sharing a common vision: to rebuild public confidence in our capacity to work together, through our government, to expand economic opportunity and improve the quality of life in Massachusetts. To learn more about the organization log onto www.onemassachusetts.org.
 
 
Affordable Housing Law a Boon for the Economy
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute has released a study, reported on in the Boston Globe, demonstrating that the affordable housing law is a tremendous boon to the Commonwealth's economy. Over the last decade, 80% of the affordable housing built outside of the major cities has been built because of this law. During that same period, the affordable housing law generated $9.25 billion in economic activity. We can't afford to leave seniors and working families without opportunities for homes. And we can't afford to halt that kind of economic activity, especially in these hard times. Vote No on 2 in November!
Tomorrow is the Primary Election!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Tomorrow is the Massachusetts primary election. Question 2 repealing the main affordable housing law for Massachusetts won't be on the ballot until November 2nd, but there are a lot of races on the ballot tomorrow! Don't forget to vote, and contact us if you can hold a sign at your polling location tomorrow to educate voters about the importance of Voting No on 2 on November 2nd. We want to take every opportunity to talk to voters to let them know what a reckless effort repealing the affordable housing law is!
Poll Shows No on 2 Ahead
Thursday, September 9, 2010
A recent State House News Service poll showed that voters overwhelming would vote No on ballot question 2 if the election happened right now. Is it a good idea Vote NO on 2 to protect the main affordable housing law in Massachusetts? Don't take our word for it:

The Boston Business Journal said, "Repealing Chapter 40B is one of the worst ideas to come along in a while…”

The Banker and Tradesman said, "The timing for this repeal effort couldn’t have been worse.”

The Cape Cod Times said: “Chapter 40B is working. This is not the time to repeal the state’s affordable housing law.”
Fall Election Season Begins!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Welcome back from summer! While the temperature may start to cool down, politics in Massachusetts is heating up. Tonight is the first in a series of gubernatorial debates. Don't forget that the three major candidates for Governor--Deval Patrick, Charlie Baker, and Tim Cahill--are all in support of Vote No on 2.

 

As the election season gets underway, don't forget that we have lots of materials for you to help get the word out to your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to Vote NO on 2 on November 2nd! Go to our Take Action page to sign up!

Vote No on 2 in Weymouth for Fox 25 Zip Trip!
Friday, September 3, 2010
On The Road Again!
 
This morning the Vote “NO” on 2 Campaign followed Fox 25 down to Weymouth for the stations very last Friday Zip Trip for the summer. Though we are sad the summer is winding down, we were thrilled to be able to talk to voters and local officials about the importance of protecting the affordable housing law for seniors and working families.  As we launch into fall, we encourage everyone to contact the campaign to get a lawn sign or to find out other ways to help us save the affordable housing law. Weymouth is a great community and we were so happy to be a part of this morning’s event!
Assisted Living Center in Gardner Kicks Off
Friday, September 3, 2010
Governor Deval Patrick and Congressman John Olver celebrated the kick off of construction of an assisted living housing development in Gardner that uses the affordable housing law. This development rehabilitates a long-vacant furniture making mill to provide homes for seniors.

"This project is an excellent example of how infrastructure investment creates jobs, as well as a foundation for further private sector growth," said Governor Patrick. "I thank Secretary Donovan and Congressman Olver for helping us secure funding for this project and so many projects like it across the Commonwealth. This is why Massachusetts is coming out of recession faster and stronger than the rest of the country, while remaining true to our values."

Repealing the affordable housing law would prevent the rehabilitation of buildings like this mill into affordable housing in towns across the Commonwealth, hurting seniors and working families who need it. Vote No on 2 in November!
No on 2 Coalition Marks Milestone by Breaking 1,000 Member Mark!
Friday, September 3, 2010
Our No on 2 coalition of supporters, including business, civic, religious, labor, academic, environmental and healthcare leaders, as well as municipal officials has grown to more than 1,000 individuals and organizations! According to our chairman, Tripp Jones, “our coalition is urging people to vote ‘no’ in order to protect the affordable housing law, which is the single most effective tool for creating affordable housing for the seniors and working families across our state. We are thrilled that so many people have come out to support our grassroots effort and have expressed that support by sending in small contributions from every part of the state.”

Read the press release here!
Mass AFL-CIO Endorses No on 2
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Last week the Massachusetts ALF-CIO endorsed the Vote No on 2 campaign! We're excited to have them on board, joining SEIU 615 as unions that have endorsed the campaign. Many employees represented by both AFL-CIO and SEIU qualify for and live in affordable housing units. Repealing the affordable housing law would hurt them among other working families and seniors. Vote No on 2!
Warren Group: Home sales down, prices up
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The Massachusetts Association of Realtors and the Warren Group just published data showing that the real estate market is declining, but home sale prices and rents keep going up. We need more affordable housing. Repealing the affordable housing law now would be devastating for seniors and working families who need it. Vote No on 2!
Material Available to do No on 2 Outreach!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Are you doing outreach in your community or with your professional and personal networks to encourage everyone you know to Vote NO on 2 in November? We've got materials to help you out, from fact sheets to model email language to send to your lists, complete with a Vote No on 2 signatures graphic. Contact us for a variety of outreach tools to let your friends, family, and colleagues know that a No vote on Question 2 will protect the affordable housing law for seniors and working families who need it.
Lawn Signs are Ready!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Vote No on 2 lawn signs are in! Do you want a lawn sign? Go to Take action on our website and sign up to get one today!
More supporters for Vote No on 2!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Our Who We Are page now lists over 400 individuals and organizations that support the Vote NO on 2 Campaign! If your name isn't on this list, you can sign up here! We also have over 600 Facebook fans. Are you following us yet? 
Who Lives in Affordable Housing in Massachusetts?
Thursday, August 5, 2010
If you're looking for examples of the kinds of developments the affordable housing law helps build and who gets to live there, this 89 Oxbow development in Wayland video is a great story about how the affordable housing law works to support our teachers, nurses, social workers, and seniors. Vote No on 2 in November!
Cambridge City Council Passes Resolution to Vote No on 2
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Last night the Cambridge City Council passed a resolution urging residents to Vote NO on 2 in November. Thanks to councilors Marjorie Decker and Leland Cheung who filed the resolution and led the charge to let the residents of Cambridge know that Question 2 will halt the creation of affordable housing in many communities across the Commonwealth and hurt seniors and working families.
How has the Affordable Housing Law impacted Massachusetts?
Monday, August 2, 2010
If you're wondering what impact the affordable housing law has had in building affordable housing in Massachusetts, take a look at our new interactive history of the law. This animated map shows the homes that would never have been built without the affordable housing law. There's no question that the affordable housing law is the primary tool for building affordable housing in Massachusetts, and without it, there would be almost no new affordable housing built in many communities across the Commonwealth. Vote NO on 2 in Novermber! 
More Elected Officials Support No on 2!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
The Vote No on 2 Campaign continues to add elected officials! Our list of supporters now includes State Representative Kevin Honan (D-Boston), State Representative Gloria Fox (D-Boston), Boston City Councilor Mike Ross, Northampton City Councilor Pamela Schwartz, Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung, and many more! Is your elected official on our list of supporters? If not, ask him or her to join us!
Vote No on 2 adds more support!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Every day the Vote NO on 2 campaign builds more and more support against repealing the affordable housing law! Today we added Boston City Council Chair Mike Ross to our list of supporters. He joins Mayor Tom Menino, Rep. Marty Walz, Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, and Sen. Sal DiDomenico as Boston elected officials who support the affordable housing law.
AARP Supports Vote NO on 2!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
This month's AARP Bulletin takes a look at how AARP Massachusetts is fighting to protect affordable housing in the Bay State. Housing is the single largest expense for older households, and the cost is a particularly serious problem for those who rent.

“Repealing the affordable housing law will move Massachusetts in the wrong direction,” said AARP Massachusetts State Director Deborah Banda. “Instead of backtracking, let’s look for ways to protect affordable housing options – and help elder homeowners remain independent in their own homes and communities.”

AARP is one of many organizations working to protect the affordable housing law from being repealed on the ballot in November. Visit the Who We Are section to learn more about who is supporting the Vote NO on 2 campaign.
 

New supporters!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Our list of supporters grows daily! We now have almost 350 organizations and individuals listed on the website and well over 500 facebook fans. Some of our newest supporters include State Representative Marty Walz (D-Boston), State Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston), State Representative Ruth B. Balser (D-Newton), and Melrose Selectman and candidate for State Representative, Paul Brodeur. If you haven't joined us, sign up through our take action page now!
Vote NO on Ballot Question 2!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Secretary William Galvin announced today that Question 2 on the November ballot will ask voters whether to repeal the state’s affordable housing law. The Campaign to Protect the Affordable Housing Law is committed to defeating the proposed repeal. The repeal campaign aims to destroy the most effective tool for creating affordable housing for the Commonwealth’s working families and seniors. Please explore our site to find out how you can help protect affordable housing. Vote NO on Question 2!
Ellen Feingold in the Globe!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Yesterday's Boston Globe included an article and video highlighting the decades of hard work Ellen Feingold, our campaign treasurer, has committed to providing high quality affordable housing for seniors. Thank you, Ellen, for all of your hard work on this issue and with the campaign in your retirement!
Affordable Housing Repeal Initiative Receives Signatures for November Ballot
Monday, July 12, 2010
Secretary Galvin officially confirmed today that a question to repeal the state’s affordable housing law will be on the November ballot. This is a dangerous and reckless attempt to repeal the state’s primary tool for creating affordable housing for seniors and working families. This law has been responsible for 80% of the new affordable housing created in the state over the past decade, outside the major cities -- 12,000 units of affordable housing in the pipeline as well as the construction jobs that go with them would be lost if this law is repealed. Also, almost half of all of the affordable units created using this law were developed by non-profit organizations, like Habitat for Humanity, and by local housing groups. We have a broad-based, grassroots, coalition of 300 individuals and organizations in place, who are all in favor of protecting this law. Our coalition includes civic, business, religious, and academic leaders as well as senior, environmental, housing, and civil rights groups. All three candidates for Governor also oppose the repeal. We hope you will join us in our fight to protect the affordable housing law!
New Elected Officials Supporting the Campaign
Thursday, July 1, 2010
The Campaign has a growing list of supporters, which now also includes State Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett), State Representative Paul Donato (D-Medford), State Representative Matthew Patrick (D-Falmouth), and Mayor Lisa Wong (Fitchburg)!
Greater Lowell Habitat for Humanity Dedication
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
On Saturday the Greater Lowell Habitat for Humanity dedicated two homes to two families: the Wiggins and Nguyen families. Both of the homes used the affordable housing law. Executive Director Dana Owens gave an impassioned plea to vote NO in November to protect the affordable housing law. Mrs. Massachusetts also made an appearance since she had worked on the Wiggins' family home over the winter--you can find her on our list of supporters!

Nguyen family outside new home
New Habitat Home
Wiggins family inside new home

 

Andrew Baker joins the Campaign!
Friday, June 25, 2010
This week we welcome Andrew Baker as our Western Massachusetts organizer. Andrew comes from the Hilltown Community Development Corporation and brings a lot of political experience. He will be organizing Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties for the Campaign. Welcome, Andrew! We're so glad to have you!
State Reps Join List of Supporters
Thursday, June 24, 2010
We have just added three state Representatives to our list of supporters: Rep. Jay Kaufman (D-Lexington), Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Boston), and Rep. Rosemary Sandlin (D-Agawam). Thank you for your support, Representatives!
Fenway Fundraiser Tonight!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
We're looking forward to seeing you at our fundraiser tonight at Fenway  Park (20 Yawkey Way/Club Entrance)! The brief speaking program will include a welcome from Red Sox Senior Vice President David Friedman; our own Tripp Jones, Chair of the Campaign to Protect the Affordable Housing Law; Robyn D'Apolito, who lives in an affordable home; Paul Grogan, President of the Boston Foundation; and Governor Dukakis. This campaign is a grassroots campaign and your contribution is needed to keep the affordable housing law from being repealed in November! Enjoy a great evening and help us win in November!
Wanted: More Affordable Housing!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
This week, the US Census announced that Massachusetts has built fewer homes than 44 states over the last decade. This has led to a severe deficiency in housing supply compared to the high demand to live and work in the Bay State. The supply-demand mismatch has contributed to unaffordable home prices, causing working families to relocate to other states where homes are less expensive. And without the homes built through the Affordable Housing Law, we’d be in far worse shape.

The consequences of too few housing opportunities are severe; fewer people calling Massachusetts “home” means less federal funding for roads and schools, and less Congressional Representatives fighting for our state. We need to continue to create affordable homes for working families to keep our young people from leaving. This is just one more reason to vote NO against repealing the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Law in November.
Thank you, Ellen Feingold
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
A big thanks to Ellen Feingold, the Campaign's Treasurer, for her lifelong dedication to affordable housing. Her work with the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) has made a tremendous difference in people's lives across the Commonwealth. Thankfully, her work does not end with her retirement from JCHE as she continues to work to protect the affordable housing law from being repealed on the ballot in November. Thank you for all the work you do, Ellen!
Charlie Baker supports the Affordable Housing Law
Thursday, June 10, 2010
At the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast today, Charlie Baker announced his support for the affordable housing law. You can hear the forum on WBUR 90.9 at 8pm on Sunday, June 13th.

 

WATCH: Homeowner Videos
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Owners of affordable homes in Taunton, Sturbridge, Groveland, and North Reading tell their stories.

Homeowner Videos
 
Community Event at Fenway Park Slated for June 22
Friday, May 14, 2010
Join hundreds of supporters to help protect the affordable housing law at Fenway Park. Download a flyer for the event here
 
Campaign Hires Megan Amundson as Campaign Manager
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Cambridge resident and long-time environmental activist Megan Amundson has left her post as political director of the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters to manage the Campaign to Protect the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Law. She will direct statewide field organizing and strategic direction of hundreds of diverse organizations and volunteers committed to protecting the affordable housing law against an effort to repeal it, which may be on the ballot this November.
Over 100 Supporters Join Campaign Kick-Off
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The Campaign to Protect the Affordable Housing Law launched into high gear today by hosting a gathering at the State House. The event signaled the official kick-off of the effort to protect the statewide housing law that promotes the development of affordable housing for seniors and working families.

May 3, 2010 Press Release

 

Community Advisory Committee Expands to 200
Sunday, May 2, 2010
In just a span of a few months, over 200 individuals and organizations have joined a community advisory committee to assist the Campaign to Protect the Affordable Law. The diverse advisory committee includes civic, business, municipal, and housing leaders across the state.

Please click
here to see the full list of committee members.
Monday, November 1, 2010