Organ pipes in the Sanctuary of First Church in Cambridge. A wrought iron chandelier hangs in the foreground.

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GBIO Update: Bond Bill & In-District Meetings

October 24, 2023

Good news in GBIO’s Housing Justice Campaign! On October 18, 2023,  Governor Healey introduced a bond bill with $1.6 billion dollars of reinvestment in our deteriorating public housing, as well as legislation enabling municipal transfer fees to fund more affordable housing. It’s a good bill! Back in June, nearly 50 First Church folks turned out at a big action at Temple Israel—had we and other institutions not shown up in such a powerful way, this bill wouldn’t be as strong. So, congratulations!

This bill’s passage is by no means a sure thing, however, so now our focus shifts to our state legislators. Members of dozens of different GBIO institutions (including ours) are organizing In-District Meetings between state reps and senators and their districts’ voters. In the coming weeks, a meeting will take place in just about all of the places that First Church members live, and we’d love for all of you to turn out to it to show your support. If you register at you will be told about your specific In-District Meeting as soon as it’s organized.

You don’t need to have a special story or know the intricacies of housing policy in order to show up in support, but if you’d like to know more about the issue or the bill reach out to Will Erickson at, Casey Marsh at or Phil Jones at