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Clergy and Laity for Affordable Housing (CLAH) Winter Potluck

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Eliot Church of Newton UCC

474 Centre Street

Newton, MA 02458

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January 1, 2019 – Happy New Year!

Clergy and Laity for Affordable Housing (CLAH)

January Endeavor 2019

Clergy and Laity for Affordable Housing (CLAH) is an alliance of congregations and individuals organized by Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM) seeking to work on two fronts with Greater Boston’s crisis in affordable housing.

  1. We seek first to help persons and families in immediate need through illness, loss of work or other setbacks by remodeling or restoring homes. Typically, we put together a crew from urban and suburban communities of men, women, and youth, to work on a Saturday, a holiday or other day of convenience. Projects are chosen as determined by application through participating congregations.
  2. Second, we are working strategically with developers, people in the building trades, and funders. We seek to put together a strategy to obtain property and build affordable housing, offering a fair rate of return on investment without pricing out people with community roots. A part of this collaboration is toward enhancing social services and common space in the interest of neighborhood security.

If you can provide financial assistance, please mail a check made out to Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, with the notation CLAH, to CMM, 474 Centre Street, Newton MA 02458. Thank you. We will buy essential building materials with your contribution. (Call with questions: 617-244-3650.)


January Endeavor 2019:

  1. Volunteer opportunity: This is our seventh home renovation since 2017. Our purpose in this January endeavor is to complete the interior painting of a home in Boston, MA, 02119 on Saturday, January 12th, 8:30am – 2:30pm. We are currently lining up more projects for the spring, doing basic restoration work and repairs (e.g., dry wall, painting and plastering, modest carpentry, and yard work). Volunteers are asked to register their availability a week in advance at: clahJan2019.eventbrite.com Notification and the location of our work will come by email on Thursday or Friday preceding work on a given Saturday. Professional supervision is provided.
  2. Information-sharing: On Friday evening, January 25th, from 6:30 – 8:30pm, we will have a potluck dinner hosted by the Eliot Church of Newton UCC, 474 Centre Street, Newton, MA, 02458 (at exit 17 off the Mass Pike). Come and hear of 1) the work that has been done, 2) the work we envision for 2019, and 3) contribute your ideas for further organization and development! RSVP at: clahwinterpotluck.eventbrite.com
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