Mark You Calendar!
WATCH Annual Meeting Thursday, May 8th 2014
at First Parish
50 Church Street, Waltham
Share and learn about WATCH's accomplishments and goals.
Be part of the exciting changes happening in housing,
driver's licensing for all, and adult education.
Have fun an enjoy a great meal with your neighbors.
Join WATCH to support the City's proposed rental voucher program
at the meeting of the Community Preservation Committee
Tuesday, May 13th, 7pm
City Hall, City Council Chambers, Waltham
25 Years of Making a Difference!
WATCH's many accomplishments:
- Working with the City Council to support passage of the inclusionary Zoning Ordinance which requires housing developments to include affordable units or put funds toward affordable housing.
- Developing 15 properties to create 21 units of affordable housing mobilizing over $10 million investment in Waltham neighborhoods.
- Organizing citizen demands around Cronin's Landing development.
- Developing tenant associations at 144 Moody Street, Northgate Heights, Gardencrest Apartments, Garden Maple Lodge, Prospect Hill Terrace, Chesterbrook Gardens and Whalen Public Housing.
- Supporting tenants to negotiate lower rent increases, advocate for building repairs, facilitate help with moving costs, and require a tenant Representative on the Housing Authority Board.
- Mobilizing residents of Charles/Fenton Neighborhoods to address safety & traffic concerns.
- Working with the city to upgrade playground equipment at Thompson Park.
- Partnering with Waltham Land Trust to win passage of the Community Preservation Act which allows the city to collect a property tax surcharge, to be matched by the state resulting in $3 million/year to be used for developing affordable housing and preserving historic buildings and open spaces.
- Educating hundreds of immigrants to become proficient in English and gain new skills.
- Assisting over 500 tenants at our Housing Clinic to find housing, report safety code violations, understand their rights as tenants, and connect with other community resources.
- Assisting more than a dozen low income Waltham families with a volunteer work day to help weatherize their homes and lower their heat, energy and water use and bills.
Looking for Help?
WATCH's Community Resource Guide provides you with information on a range of services in our area, including food pantries, pro bono legal assistance, foreclosure support, fuel assistance, mental health resource and more. Of course, you're also invited to come into our Housing Clinic to get information and assistance in resolving any housing related issue.