The Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Ttenants (Mass Union) is the oldest state-wide association of public housing tenants in the United States. Its 13- member board is elected from tenants who live in public or subsidized housing. Mass Union has been formally recognized and funded by the State's housing agency (the Department of Housing and Community Development), and also recognized by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development as a partner in drafting of regulations and policies.
WHO WE ARE
Born in 1967 and incorporated in 1971, the Massachusetts union of Public Housing Tenants is the only statewide public housing tenants organization in the nation. Born of a sense of frustration, anger and hopelessness, feed by a need for justice, basic human rights and decent living conditions, the union now grows in the knowledge that information perseverance and community strength can create a decent future, pride in one’s community and the understanding that individuals banded together for a just cause can affect and change any situation.
We believe that public housing developments can be communities to be proud of. Until the day when affordable housing is the right of all, public housing must be maintained as a precious resource.
We believe that public housing residents have the intelligence and commitment to be active partners in the management of their developments, and that active tenant involvement is essential for creating positive public housing communities. We believe that while maintaining independence, tenant organizations and management can build relationships of mutual respect and cooperation, and that working together they can eliminate the unfair stigma under which public housing suffers.