Mortgages that save hundreds of dollars a month
MAHA organizing campaigns have helped over 18,500 homebuyers save hundreds per month, compared to what they would have paid with other first time homebuyer programs or conventional loans. Participating lenders sign agreements with MAHA for commitments to the ONE Mortgage program. But the agreements cover a certain number of mortgages, and then it's up to us to stay organized and negotiate a new agreement so more homebuyers can benefit. We also work together to bring new lenders into the program. This increases the overall number of homebuyers we can serve, and it also means more choices for consumers.
Our elected representatives know that MAHA registers new voters, educates people on where candidates stand on key housing issues, and turns out these educated voters on election day. Through face-to-face meetings, phone banks, postcards, letter writing campaigns, and large-scale community actions we connect our class graduates, homeowners, and interested activists to elected officials and industry executives who make decisions about housing resources and policies. In each year since 2003, MAHA's graduates have voted at a rate approximately 20 percentage points higher than city and state averages.
Community Preservation Act
The Community Preservation Act (CPA), passed by the Massachusetts legislature in September 2000, allows communities across Massachusetts to raise money for:
• affordable housing
• open space and outdoor recreation
• historic preservation
Cities and towns put a CPA question on the ballot and residents vote on whether to assess up to a 3% surcharge on property taxes. The state provides matching funds to every city and town that chooses to participate. While most communities have allocated at least some funds for affordable housing, much more could be accomplished. MAHA is helping communities access the expertise they need, and build the community support necessary to construct or rehabilitate high quality affordable housing.
MAHAMassachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
1803 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By phone: 617-822-9100
By fax: 617-265-7503