Founded by public housing residents in 1967 and incorporated in 1971, the Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants is the oldest statewide public housing tenants’ organization in the nation.
Born from a sense of frustration and hopelessness, fed 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 united 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 for all, public housing must be maintained as a precious resource.
Public housing residents have the intelligence and commitment to be active partners in the management of their developments, and 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.