MAHA educates and mobilizes across Massachusetts to break down barriers to affordable and sustainable homeownership.

    Congratulations to Marty Walsh and John Connolly

    September 24, 2013 - Dorchester State Representative Marty Walsh and City Councilor At-Large John Connolly from West Roxbury finished in the top two spots in today's preliminary election for Mayor and will face each other in the November 5th general election.

    Charlotte Golar-Richie finished third, followed by District Attorney Dan Conley, City Councilor Felix Arroyo, John Barros, City Councilor Rob Consalvo and City Councilor Michael Ross.

    We look forward to a vigorous campaign from the two finalists including a discussion of the affordable housing and mortgage lending issues facing the city.

    Boston City Council Passes Strong Responsible Banking Ordinance

    Action Follows Passage of Similar Legislation in New York and Los Angeles

    September 18, 2013 - Boston City Councilors today unanimously passed a MAHA-backed responsible banking ordinance that will require banks that want to do business with the city of Boston to detail how they are investing in Boston's neighborhoods.

    Banks receive Community Reinvestment Act grades from state or federal regulators but those grades largely reflect lending and services in areas beyond the city of Boston. With this ordinance, Boston banks will be judged solely on how well they are serving city residents and city neighborhoods. City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo was the lead sponsor and author of the ordinance, referred to as "Invest in Boston".

    MAHA has worked on this issue for over 20 years and was the leading community voice behind the "linked deposit" executive order issued by Mayor Flynn in 1991. The first linked deposit reports in the early 1990's resulted in the city of Boston withdrawing money from some banks and encouraging other banks to improve their performance in the neighborhoods. MAHA and other community organizations helped to draft this ordinance, which is significantly stronger that the previous executive order.

    Today's action follows passage of similar legislation in New York City, Los Angeles, and elsewhere.


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