On Monday, July 31st, JCHE residents joined hundreds of seniors, policymakers, and activists in front of Faneuil Hall to advocate on behalf of increased federal funding for affordable senior homes at the “Our Home, Our Voices” rally, organized by Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA).
The energy and excitement were palpable even en route to the event, as JCHE residents wielding pro-affordable housing signs (pictures below) hopped on buses, eager to make their voices heard.
In a testament to the vibrancy of our community, JCHE residents represented the majority of seniors at the rally, putting a human face on the issue of affordable senior housing.
When it comes to increasing affordable housing, “It’s not a time to retreat, it’s time to move forward,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh rallied the citizen activists.
“Too many people are spending the majority of their income on housing, and it makes for impossible choices,” Rep. Katherine Clark (MA-5) reminded the crowd.
One of our residents, Connie, who took the stage to speak on behalf of JCHE, reinforced Clark’s point, telling the audience how prior to calling JCHE her home, she would come home to a freezing apartment in the winter, and an unbearably hot one in the summer; she just couldn’t afford basic amenities. Connie recounted how moving into JCHE’s affordable community greatly enhanced her quality of life, and ensured that she would not feel lonely and without purpose—the essence of our Aging in Community model.
Earlier this month, Mayor Walsh was joined by U.S. Representative Michael E. Capuano, State Representative Kevin Honan, and Boston City Councilor Mark Ciommo to help us officially break ground on JCHE’s Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House, which will open its doors to seniors in the fall of 2018. You can watch all the speeches from the event here.
According to the city’s latest housing report, since 2015, over 1200 units have been built in Boston for low-income residents.