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CONUS Archive
192920
Housing - Shortage
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
PKG
9/28/2000
53:40
1:54
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts Dionisia Marte, Fighting Eviction Amalia Barreda, Reporting Magalis Troncoso, City Life Deborah Eisenbach-Budner, Donor Homeseller EMBARGOED: WHDH
WOMAN COOKING, WOMAN SOT, REPORTER STAND UP, WOMAN SOT, EXTERIORS OF APARTMENT BUILDINGS, FAMILY, EXTERIORS OF HOUSE, FAMILY IN CROWD OF PEOPLE, WOMAN SOT, VARIOUS SHOTS OF NEIGHBORS, PEOPLE GETTING OFF BUS.
THE CITY OF BOSTON IS SUFFERING FROM A SEVERE HOUSING SHORTAGE.
LEAD: ONE THIRD OF ALL MASSACHUSETTS FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING TO PAY FOR HOUSING. A NEW UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS STUDY SAYS BOTH RENTERS AND HOMEOWNERS ARE BEING PRICED OUT OF THEIR HOMES. NOW ONE BOSTON NEIGHBORHOOD...AND ONE COUPLE IN PARTICULAR IS TRYING TO LEAD OTHERS INTO AN ALL OUT FIGHT AGAINST RISING REAL ESTATE PRICES. AMALIA BARREDA HAS THE STORY. (TAKE PKG) SCRIPT: DIONISIA MARTE HAS BEEN BATTLING EVICTION FOR NEARLY A YEAR. HER FAMILY OF 8 LIVES IN A TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT WHERE HER LANDLORD HAS DOUBLED HER RENT FROM 700 DOLLARS TO 1400 DOLLARS A MONTH. (SOT) "The truth is I don't deny it, each time I see the landlord arrive and he knocks on my door I feel very nervous. I feel desperate because I have my family here." THERE ARE MANY STORIES LIKE DIONISIA MARTE'S IN JAMAICA PLAIN WHERE APARTMENTS THAT USED TO AVERAGE 600 DOLLARS A MONTH 4 YEARS AGO ARE NOW 12-HUNDRED DOLLARS A MONTH. AND EVEN FOR THAT KIND OF RENT, NEIGHBORHOOD ACTIVISTS SAY THERE IS REALLY NOTHING AVAILABLE. (SOT) THEY HAVE TO FACE DISPLACEMENT EVERYDAY AND WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THESE PEOPLE ARE GOING RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THEY RECALL CANNOT AFFORD TO LIVE IN HERE IN JP ANYMORE. THROUGH A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT CALLED CAMPAIGN OF CONSCIENCE, JAMAICA PLAIN IS TRYING TO FIGHT AGAINST WHAT ACTIVISTIC CALL RENT GOUGING LANDLORDS WHO THEY SAY THREATEN THE FABRIC OF THIS DIVERSE NEIGHBORHOOD. DEBORAH AND STEVE EISENBACH-BUDNER EXAMPLES OF WHAT THE CAMPAIGN NEEDS TO SURVIVE. THE COUPLE HAS SOLD HIS HOUSE BECAUSE THEY ARE MOVING TO OREGON. THEY HAVE DONATED 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE PROFIT OF THEIR HOMESALE TO BE USED IN THE BATTLE TO KEEP HOUSING AFFORDABLE AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD THEY LOVE FROM DISAPPEARING. (SOT) "I think it's a tragedy. I mean I think it's not just the replacement of certain people by other people by other people but t would be replacement of a community in which there's a tight fabric of care." ACTIVISTS ADMIT THE DONATION IS A SMALL WEAPON AGAIN THE MOMENTUM THAT DRIVING REAL ESTATE PRICES TO CRISIS LEVELS. BUT IT IS THE ALTERNATIVE TO GIVING UP...WHICH THIS NEIGHBORHOOD ISN'T PREPARED TO DO. 0000
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