Mission: COHIF's mission is to collectively work with our members and partners to stabilize the Greater Four Corners neighborhood by providing a innovative means by which as many residents of foreclosed occupied homes can stay in their homes as possible, to develop and implement best practice models for code enforcement and ownership of foreclosed properties in the Greater Four Corners neighborhood, and to eventually help replicate those efforts in other neighborhoods in greater Boston hard-hit by foreclosures.
Overview: COHIF began as a unique greater Boston-based coalition of approximately 25 tenant, community, non-profit, legal, and government groups and organizations focused on keeping homeowners and tenants in their homes during and after the foreclosure process, promoting household and community stability. COHIF has now incorporated as a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation, but continues to receive support and assistance from many of its original coalition members in pursuing its charitable mission.
COHIF is currently undertaking the following activities and programs:
- A pilot project to promote household and community stability in the Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester (the "Pilot"). The Pilot will focus on acquiring and rehabilitating or assisting in the acquisition of approximately 30 foreclosed or at-risk units through an interim ownership entity that would quickly obtain site control and perform immediate repairs to meet code enforcement and prevent evictions. During this time, COHIF will arrange for takeout financing that will maintain affordability, explore ownership models, identify the long-term owner to substantially rehabilitate the properties, and establish formal resident participation mechanisms. It is our hope to replicate this pilot in other areas of the greater Boston area after the initial two year pilot program period.
- A series of Strategic Initiatives, including:
- developing actionable strategies for a new program for targeted code enforcement of foreclosed properties;
- identifying models for interim and long term ownership, and financing mechanisms to achieve scalability for the pilot in Boston;
organizing residents in foreclosed properties, and provide critical training and resources to tenant organizing staff to increase capacity and build social capital in destabilized communities.