More than 4,200 low and middle income apartments throughout Massachusetts were financed in the 1970s through the state’s Section 13A program. As the 40 year “13A” mortgages expire, so do the programs that keep rents affordable. In the past few years, MAHT has organized several 13A tenant groups that are in the forefront statewide of protecting these at-risk buildings.
In 2018, MAHT groups from Mercantile Wharf, the Forbes Building, Babcock Towers and Newcastle-Saranac all had meetings with the City of Boston’s, MassHousing and State officials to discuss strategies to keep their buildings affordable for those who live there and those who come after them. MAHT tenants proposed creative ideas such as Project Based Vouchers and utilizing HUD’s“Small Area Fair Market Rents” to subsidize low income tenants.
The fight to preserve the homes of these and other 13A tenant's in Massachusetts continues. Your help is welcome.