Office of the Tenant Advocate
At the suggestion of Senator Lovely, we submitted a proposal for the creation of the Office of the Tenant Advocate to Representative Sally P. Kerans. We were unable to complete a final bill in legislative language in time for the filing deadline, however, a “placeholder” bill was presented by Representative Sally P. Kerans and Senator Joan B. Lovely, cosponsored by Representative Thomas Walsh. The language has been updated by the House Counsel.
Please contact your Senator and Representative to express your support and ask them to cosponsor.
A Better Outcome
Even The Sparrow Has Found A Home
Alas, not every child finds a safe home and sparrows do fall. A child fell while in the nest of a car, the shelter the mother could provide when she could not afford the inn.
According to the report by Julie Manganis, Mother facing charges after 2-year-old child dies of an apparent drug overdose, Vanessa Jeising carried the lifeless body of her two-year-old daughter, Lilly Iorio, to Lahey Hospital in Peabody, after they spent the night in her car. The mother has been arrested on charges relating to her daughter’s death.
Free Our Homes
Assure Tenants’ Rights
Bonny's New Links
By Bonny Zeh
October 11, 2022
I realized that people interested in bullying senior citizens/persons with disabilities needed information. Moreover, bully-victims need to know that they are not alone, even though bullies and mobbing groups try to make bully victims feel isolated.
After over a year’s hiatus, I have gotten around to updating the general links list. I have found 22 new articles, blog posts, and other resources. I would like to highlight some of the more important links:
Remembering Mary Margaret Moore
Public Health in Old Elderly Housing
To remedy a problem, we need to identify the source. This applies to matters of health and relationships between landlords and tenants, as well as to relations among tenants.
Some problems seem easy to understand and appear to have easy solutions, while other problems may be invisible but present a serious threat to health and life.
Without a clear understanding of the threat, we tend to get angry and blame people instead of addressing the actual problem.
Strategies for Action
Alas, as the Beacon Hill legislative rushes to an end this week, we see no chance for action on bullying and mobbing. Early in the next session, we will work with our legislative partners to pass a strong bill to establish an ombuds office. We are determined to provide protection for elderly and disabled tenants of all public and subsidized housing, including assured accountability for irresponsible landlords.