The Jim Brooks Community Stabilization Act
Formerly known as the Just Cause eviction ordinance.
WHY THE JIM BROOKS COMMUNITY STABILIZATION ACT?
Boston was named as the city with the third highest rate of income inequality and 4th highest in foreign speculation in the US, as well as one of the most rapidly gentrifying cities. Though wages remain stagnant, housing costs have skyrocketed. This puts thousands of families, especially low income & working class communities of color, at risk of being displaced from their homes and communities.
Landlords, tenants and homeowners have come together to introduce Just Cause Eviction legislation to put the brakes on displacement by protecting vulnerable renters.
The Jim Brooks Community Stabilization Act would:
● Require landlords to provide a reason when seeking to evict a tenant, like failure to pay rent, damaging property, or breaking a lease. Landlords who own 6 or fewer units will be exempt.
● Require owners to notify the City of any Notice To Quit issued to tenants, improving data collection about evictions.
● The City would be required to notify the tenant of their rights under current state law.
AN ISSUE FOR WORKING CLASS COMMUNITIES IN BOSTON
● Wages have remained stagnant and the income inequality gap increases. Boston households in the top 5 percent of earners take in 15.3 times the income of the poorest 20 percent, making Boston the third most unequal U.S. city, according to a recent study by the Brookings Institution.
● 68% of Boston residents are renters, and nearly half are rent-burdened, yet wages have remained stagnant. Over 55% of renters are people of color.
● The “renter nation” is growing, with over 4,500 Boston foreclosed families in six years and most joining the rental market.
● Many homeowners, especially people of color and/or working class families, are also housing-cost-burdened and at risk of losing their homes.
● Luxury downtown and waterfront development is turning working class neighborhoods into playgrounds of the wealthy elite. For example, in East Boston the resulting pressures from development have resulted in rent increases at an average of 30% per year.
What is the Right to Remain Coalition?
Right to Remain is a growing popular movement demanding neighborhood stabilization and our Right to Remain in Boston. Our citywide coalition of groups and organizations is fighting displacement and gentrification at the neighborhood level, anchored by Right to the City Boston and the Boston Tenant Coalition. Right to Remain calls for multiple stabilization policy and advocacy strategies that increase tenant rights and protections; demand community control over land/development; address wealth building in our communities; and make speculators pay for the social and economic costs they create.
Who is the R2R (Right to Remain) Coalition?
Anchored by Right to the City Boston in partnership with Boston Tenant Coalition, ABDC, Action for Regional Equity, Allston Brighton CDC, Asian American Resource Workshop, Asian Community Development Corp, Black Economic Justice Institute, Boston Jobs Coalition, Brazilian Worker Center, Castle Square Tenants Organization, Chelsea Collaborative, Chinatown Resident Association, Codman Square NDC, Community Labor United, Dominican Development Center, Dorchester Bay EDC, Dorchester People for Peace, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Egleston Sq. Youth Group, Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston, Fairmount Indigo Line CDC Collaborative, Fenway Community Development Corp., Greater Boston Labor Council, Greater Bowdoin/Geneva Neighborhood Association, Greater Four Corners Action, Homes for Families, JP Neighborhood Council, JP Neighborhood Development Corp, Jamaica Plain Progressives, Jobs with Justice, MA CDC, Mass Vote, Matahari, Mattapan United, Progressive Communicators Network, Progressive Mass, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, SEIU 32BJ (District 615), Union of Minority Neighborhoods