New Britain rally held for evicted Boston residents

Connecticut

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH)–A rally was held in New Britain Saturday for older women who are being evicted from a Boston rooming house by an order of Catholic nuns.

The reason they came to Central Park — The head nun of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception lives in New Britain.

An estimated 10 to 20 older women in their 60s, 70s, and 80s were told to leave Our Lady’s Guild House by the end of July of last year. Over 1,300 people signed a petition to keep them in their homes.

Rally attendees planned to deliver the petition to the head nun directly following the rally.

Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception provided the following statement:

The mission of Our Lady’s Guild House is and always has been to provide short term residential housing to single women. In 2014, the previous management company worked with tenants to implement new lease agreements, which made it clear that the building is designed for transitional, not permanent, housing. Since then, The Daughters have been able to improve services, manage the building efficiently, meet tenant needs and reinvigorate the mission of offer transitional, affordable housing to women of all backgrounds.

OLGH is and always has been a home for women who are seeking transitional housing. It is important that the mission continues and that the building remains one where women can take advantage of the affordable rent and convenience of living in the heart of Downtown Boston as they look for long-term housing plans.

It is extremely unfortunate and disheartening that, despite our ongoing attempts to work collaboratively with the tenants, they have taken an aggressive approach that makes false claims against the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, the property management company and personally, to Mother Mary Jennifer—a woman who has given her life to serving and caring for others.

Don Martelli, spokesperson for Our Lady’s Guild House

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