Tenant allies rally against no-fault evictions

Over 100 people gathered in Uphams Corner last Friday evening (Oct. 5) to protest no-fault evictions, including a brass band from Minneapolis that was participating in last weekend’s HONK! Festival in Somerville.
Photo courtesy City Life/Vida Urbana

A crowd organized by City Life/Vida Urbana marched to the sounds of a brass band through Uphams Corner last Friday (Oct. 5) evening in support of Dorchester rooming house renters facing no-fault eviction from the home at 6 Humphreys Place.

Tenant advocates say that Greg McCarthy, the new owner of the building, is seeking to clear the rooming house of low-income people.

“Eviction is just one step away from homelessness,” said Tunde Kunut, a Nigerian-born Bostonian. More than 100 people gathered in protest in front of the building, including allies from Dorchester Not for Sale, Dorchester People for Peace, Showing Up for Racial Justice, Reclaim Roxbury, and Right to The City Boston. 

“Greg McCarthy is trying to evict the whole building,” said Steve Meacham, an organizer with City Life/Vida Urbana. “This building is not unusual. This is happening all over Boston. Thousands and thousands of people are faced with displacement through no-fault evictions.”