Maura Continues to Fight for Affordable Housing:
Friend to the Boston Trailer Park:
- Through Maura’s efforts, the residents of the Boston Trailer Park in West Roxbury, the only trailer park now located in the city of Boston, has been preserved. Her support ensured that residents would be able to keep their homes and live affordably. Click here for an article on Maura's ongoing work with the Trailer Park residents.
Helping to secure Homeowner Loans:
- Maura has consistently worked with Boston residents to increase the housing supply, protect vulnerable residents and provide financial literacy training to assist Boston's residents in gaining control of their lives and their homes.
Housing for Seniors:
Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)
- As 7 year chairwoman, she was able to secure various housing projects for families, seniors and working-class people around the city.
- Councillor Hennigan knows that many working families are being priced out of their neighborhoods. When long time residents can't purchase a home, the resident and the neighborhood suffer. One of the solutions must be the production of more affordable housing. However, in this current climate of government cut backs in housing programs, other solutions must also be explored.
Maura believes one solution is an IDA, which is a financial and economic development tool designed help low-income families to save and accumulate financial assets. (Click here for more information.) She believes so strongly in an IDA as a method to encourage home ownership that she donated her salary increase ($7,000) to 7 Boston non-profits to help them explore setting up financial literacy and/or IDA programs:
- South Boston Neighborhood House
- Freedom House
- Allston Brighton CDC
- Codman Square Health Center
- Hyde Square Taskforce
- West Roxbury YMCA
- Christ Church of Hyde Park