La Colaborativa has dedicated itself to grassroots leadership development and citizen mobilization for nearly three decades and the long-term impacts of this work can now be seen in our city of Chelsea, which is a leader in many ways in terms of civic participation, voter mobilization, and community education. In a city that is largely made up of immigrants, people of color, and low-income residents, we have bucked the trends by creating safe spaces for all voices to be heard and all members of our community to be involved in shaping our city.
We support our members to identify and address the social and economic justice issues impacting their lives. The importance of civic engagement and the power of organizing as a united front is a cornerstone of our mission and day-to-day work.
Current Organizing Campaigns
La Colaborativa partners with local and statewide coalitions to advocate for policy changes that will increase housing security and justice for our community. Key organizing campaigns that are ongoing focus on:
The Right to Counsel (RTC)
La Colaborativa is the lead grassroots organization in the Massachusetts Right to Counsel Coalition, working to expand access to free legal counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction. More than 90% of tenants in Massachusetts facing eviction are unrepresented, while more than 80% of landlords go to housing court with an attorney. RTC legislation would level the playing field and help more families avoid the trauma and long-term housing consequences of eviction.
Reclaim The Vote
Voter Education & Engagement
Youth Organizing for Educational Rights
The Massachusetts Homeowner Assistance Fund (Mass HAF) is now available to for homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments by at least three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of HAF is to prevent foreclosures and displacements of eligible...
Information courtesy of Driving Families Forward The Work and Family Mobility Act (H.4470/S.2851) has passed in both the House of Representatives and Senate in Massachusetts. However, it is still not law. Both the House and the Senate passed their bills, which now...
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