On Thursday, January 20th Nika joined Mayor Michelle Wu, Councilor Kenzie Bok, Councilor Kendra Lara, tenant activists, and community organizations in front of Mildred Hailey Apartments to witness the signing of a new executive order. With this order, Mayor Wu committed $50 million in funding for capital improvements for the apartment complex in Jamaica Plain. With this new investment, the Boston Housing Authority plans to improve air quality, prevent environmental health hazards, and increase energy efficiency. These improvements recognize the impact of climate change on our community and the intrinsic link between climate justice and housing justice.
At the conference, President of the Mildred C. Hailey Tenant Task Force Yolanda Torres, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization leader Beverly Williams, and the Chair of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Community Advisory Committee Lincoln Larmond praised the historic levels of funding.
That same day, Mayor Wu also signed An Executive Order Relative to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and the Implementation of the City of Boston’s Assessment of Fair Housing, intended to integrate the practice of fair housing and racial equity throughout all levels of City government.