On March 13, 2009 City Live/Vida Urbana received the James Rouse Award for outstanding work by an urban non-profit organization in
Following are the remarks of Nadine Cohen, of Greater Boston Legal Services, who introduced the City Life/Vida Urbana awardees:
It is my great pleasure to present the James Rouse Award for most outstanding non-profit organization to City Life/Vida Urbana from
CLVU has played a major role in the current foreclosure crisis - trying to stop foreclosures and eviction in
In addition to helping tenants and homeowners negotiate the sales of their homes after foreclosure – sometimes at half their pre-foreclosure value – CLVU also holds public protests against Bank of America, protesting their unfair foreclosure policies. City Life/Vida Urbana has recently begun to surround foreclosed homes with crime scene tape saying, “White collar crime scene.” They are a strong and consistent voice against predatory lending and unfair foreclosures.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined non-conformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”
It is my honor to present the James Rouse Award for outstanding work by an urban non-profit organization to City Life/Vida Urbana – very disciplined non-conformists, who stand up for what is right and who lead the way by their actions.
Consumer Rights Unit