OUR FOCUS

  • Work Collectively to advocate for the implementation of sound public policy affecting occupied, foreclosed properties
  • Minimize impacts of foreclosures by promoting long term stability of the Greater Four Corners Neighborhood
  • Support innovative means for residents of foreclosed buildings to stay in their homes
  • Implement best practice models in code enforcement and ownership of occupied foreclosed properties
  • Identify outcomes that can be replicated in other neighborhoods hard-hit by foreclosure


 "The COHIF pilot project preserves ownership of foreclosed properties within the community and it empowers our residents at the same time – we are all working together to stabilize our neighborhood."

-Mayra Duran, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition



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If you currently live in the Greater Four Corners neighborhood and you need help because the house you live in is being foreclosed or has already been foreclosed, please contact us.
 
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If you would like to get involved in COHIF, please contact us at: info@cohif.org.
 
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Request for Proposals: Strategic Fundraising Consultant

(COHIF - March 27, 2015)  COHIF is requesting proposals for an experienced consultant to provide assistance as we work to develop a strategic fundraising plan.  Please share with anyone you think might be interested in applying.  This opportunity is made possible thanks to generous support from The Boston Foundation.
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Dorchester residents fighting Fannie's Foreclosure evictions

(The Bay State Banner - March 26, 2015)  On a street lined with triple-deckers near Dorchester’s Ronan Park, a crowd of about 40 people gathered last week outside Maria Baptista’s house as the sun set to stage a protest against the foreclosure of her home and her ongoing eviction process
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In shift, Fannie Mae agrees to sell foreclosures back to former homeowners

(The Bay State Banner - December 17, 2014)  
In a policy change that could have profound implications for struggling homeowners, the nation’s largest mortgage holders, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have agreed to allow homeowners who have lost their homes to foreclosure to buy their properties back at current market value.

City Lifeline: Will Boston Lead the Country Out of Foreclosure?

(Dig Boston - June 17, 2014)  Sometimes the best way to make a point is to commit a defensible crime. And so earlier this month, more than a hundred Boston residents and allies occupied a vacant, foreclosed home on Norwell Street in Dorchester. Once there, organizers settled in a family that had previously been booted from another house, and also built a pop-up pirate radio station with a rooftop antenna to broadcast their message: The housing crisis isn’t over!   READ MORE » 



(Boston Globe - June 16, 2014)  The difficulty of finding and holding onto an economical rental unit in Boston is enough to make a grown man cry. Not just any man, but Stephen Key, a Hall of Fame member of the World Martial Arts Federation. Key, 53, has shown the skill and courage needed to reach grandmaster status in kung fu. Yet he shed tears last week while describing his efforts to keep a roof over the head of his wife and three children on Norwell Street in Dorchester after government-sponsored mortgage giant Fannie Mae foreclosed on his former landlord and moved to evict the building’s tenants.  READ MORE »