NEW ROAD Network
The NEW ROAD Network includes 5 sites that are part of a CLVU Bank Tenant Association organizing replication project that is funded by national and international foundations (these sites are identified by **). NEW ROAD is an acronym for New England Workers and Residents Organizing Against Displacement.
The Lynn Housing Justice Campaign (LHJC) emerged out of Lynn United for Change, a group that originally formed in order to get Barack Obama elected. In Spring 2009, they began their own Bank Tenant Association in order to fight foreclosures in Lynn, with support from CL/VU.
The LHJC’s Bank Tenant Association currently has 65 active core members, many of whom are families facing foreclosure. It is a diverse, multilingual group. They hold protests and vigils for families facing eviction, and have already seen some victories, with families repurchasing their homes through Boston Community Capital. The Lynn group introduced a new tactic which has since been adopted by other groups in the replication project—auction protests. The auction protests have been effective at deterring potential investors and getting banks to postpone or cancel auction sales.
The Bank Tenant and Homeowners’ Association of D.A.R.E., Inc.
Providence’s anti-foreclosure-eviction organizing project is led by Direct Action for Rights and Equality (D.A.R.E.). D.A.R.E. was founded in 1986 in order to organize low-income families in communities of color for social, economic, and political justice using the strategies of base-building, direct action organizing, leadership development, and contributing to build a larger movement for social justice. D.A.R.E.’s anti-foreclosure eviction organizing work grew out of their work on the “Whose Providence?” campaign—a multifaceted effort fighting gentrification and displacement in predominately low-income communities of color.
D.A.R.E. Tenant and Homeowners’ Association meets twice per month with average attendance of up to 12 people, and with 15-20 committed core members. They conduct a regular canvass of foreclosed properties, have received press coverage, held protests and other direct actions, blocked evictions in one building, helped defeat legislation which would have weakened tenant protections in foreclosure proceedings, and facilitated legal support and rights training for dozens of families. The Tenant and Homeowners’ Association recently turned out large numbers in support of proposed legislation that would protect residents of foreclosed buildings from bank evictions.
The Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team (WAFT) is a group of concerned neighbors, tenants, homeowners, former homeowners, community organizers, lawyers, community agencies and city representatives. Unwilling to live with the harm caused by the overwhelming number of foreclosures and evictions, they are working together to support each other and find creative ways to move households and communities in their city from crisis to stability and dignity. WAFT was founded in the spring of 2008 out of a number of workshops done on the foreclosure crisis by a local activist. There remains an urgent need for intervention in Worcester, the second largest city in Massachusetts, which has ranked among the highest in the state and in the country for the severity of its foreclosure crisis.
WAFT meets twice each month with an average meeting attendance of 30 households. In several cases, WAFT has been able to keep people in their home long-term or secure decent move-out settlements. They aided in the passage of City Council home rule petitions protecting residents in foreclosure. Recently, Worcester has had great success getting foreclosure auctions postponed routinely through the auction protest tactic.
Springfield No One Leaves/Nadie Se Mude
Springfield No One Leaves/Nadie Se Mude began in the fall of 2010 as a community coalition dedicated to keeping residents in their homes despite foreclosure. Following a successful post foreclosure anti-eviction model developed by CLVU, SNOL/NSM began organizing residents directly affected by the foreclosure crisis to form the Springfield Bank Tenants Association. The SBTA empowers and mobilizes residents to fight back against post foreclosure evictions, builds solidarity and develops new leaders for the bank tenant movement. Since November 2010, SNOL/NSM has canvassed over 500 Springfield properties, engaging hundreds of residents to resist eviction. Using the sword and the shield organizing model, SNOL/NSM has kept countless families in their homes, began getting banks to the negotiating table and organized to pass the strongest local anti-foreclosure legislation in country.
Chelsea Citywide Tenants Association of the Chelsea Collaborative
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Merrimack Valley Project
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