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As housing crunch tightens, older women fight eviction from Kenmore Square rooming house (Boston Globe)

Below is an excerpt from a March 29 article published by the Boston Globe.

For more than half a century, single women of limited means could count on Our Lady’s Guild House in Boston’s Kenmore Square for shelter and fellowship. Rents were low, residents ate together in common areas, and many attended Mass in the building’s chapel.

That all changed in recent years as the owner of the brick rooming house forced out scores of long-term residents and replaced them with students who can pay higher rents.

It’s a familiar story in Boston, where older renters have been squeezed out as rents climb and apartments convert to condos for well-heeled newcomers. But this time, the landlord isn’t a private real estate goliath: It’s the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, an order of nuns from New Britain, Conn. And eight older women who live in the building — the last holdouts of their generation — are fighting back, with support from neighborhood groups and local activists.

Read more at the Boston Globe.