Friend to the Boston Trailer Park
- Through Mauras efforts, rent control was re-instated at the Boston Trailer Park in West Roxbury, the only trailer park now located in the city of Boston. Her support ensured affordable housing for the parks residents.
- Click here fora recent article on Maura's ongoing work with Trailer Park residents
Helping to secure Homeowner Loans
- As Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, Maura received a commitment from the Menino Administration, during the recent budget process, to create a housing revolving loan fund. This initiative will be funded through sources such as the $29.6 million surplus disposition fund. This money will augment the Mayor's $10 million Fiscal 2000 commitment to create affordable housing in the City of Boston. Types of affordable housing initiatives will include low or zero-interest down payment loans for first-time home buyers, gap funding for tenants besieged by skyrocketing rents and funding for Community Development Corporations (CDCs).
- Maura has consistently worked with West Roxbury residents to help them take advantage of grants and low-interest loan programs that help them repair and restore their homes.
- Her housing commitment to Jamaica Plain: "make it a community where everyone is welcome--AND can afford to live--regardless of their economic status."
Housing for Seniors
- As Chair of the Housing Committee, Maura assisted in the creation of the new Nate Smith House for senior citizens in Jamaica Plain. In her position as Chair of Housing, she also secured $500,000 for Back of the Hill to be named developer of a number of vacant parcels that currently exist in the Back of the Hill area. Her goal is to turn those vacant parcels into owner-occupied affordable housing.
Keeping affordable housing available
- She advocated to secure $725,000 in government funds for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp. to help it purchase the Pondview Apartments on Centre Street. Through that deal, JPNDC will be able to preserve Pondview as vital affordable housing for Jamaica Plain families. She is now lobbying the state for additional funding and tax credits for the Pondview project.