“With the cost of housing so high I was struggling to pay for my home improvements. If it wasn’t for the Housing Trust I would not have been able to make much needed repairs,” said Dominic DiMare, a steward at the Boston Police Department.
Boston Police Dept.
“I’d suggest that if you are experiencing problems, before you do anything, make your first call to the Housing Trust. It’s a shame that more members don’t take advantage of it. There’s no catch to it. You’ve earned it by working for the City.”
The Housing Trust
SEIU Local 888 members who work for the City of Boston Admin Guild, BCYF, BPD, BPHC, DND, Elderly or P&E are eligible to receive benefits from the City of Boston – SEIU Local 888 Housing Trust. The Housing Trust was negotiated through collective bargaining to assist SEIU Local 888 members with the cost of housing in Boston by providing them with grants and interest free loans.
The assistance programs have been updated and some new benefits have been added. Most grant amounts have been substantially increased to $2,500 (except for the home ownership benefit which has been increased to $15,000).
The Housing Trust provides eligible members with grants and loans to make it more affordable for city employees. Check out these five programs:
- Fuel Assistance: The City of Boston-SEIU Local 888 Housing Trust will provide 100 members who’s yearly income is less than or equal to $47,450 with a grant of $750 to help alleviate heating costs during the months of November 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015.
- Emergency Assistance: Aids members for up to $5,000 for a housing-related emergency such as loss of income because of unemployment of a spouse/partner, illness, death of a spouse/partner wage earner, or an unanticipated home repair.
- Rental Assistance: Alleviates the cost of maintaining residence for up to $5,000 within the City of Boston.
- Home Improvement: Pays for housing related home improvements up to $7,500.
- Homeownership Benefit: Supports members with $15,000 to purchase a home within the City of Boston.
If you have a need for the program, please apply using our more user friendly website. Check it out at www.seiu888.org/htf
More than 300 members at UMass Lowell and throughout the Merrimack Valley turned out for the River Hawks hockey game with Merrimack College on January 31. There was a pre-game reception at the Tsongas Center followed by the game.
UMass Lowell leaders Janet King and Penny Donoghue (pictured upper left) worked hard on all of the details to make the evening
a big success. More pictures from Hockey Night are below.
Mark DelloRusso, Janet King, Kelly Shay
Penny Donoghue and young friend
Score board show’s Local 888’s message: “Stronger Together”
Attention State Workers: Please vote for Theresa McGoldrick, President of SEIU/NAGE Unit 6, Local 207 and attorney for the Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Division. “I am running for reelection to the State Retirement Board to continue being “your” representative on the board. I have fought to protect your pension by working to defeat pension reform legislation filed to destroy our pension benefits. I recently worked to defeat House Bill 59 that would have added 10 years to vest and increased the age to retire. I ask for your vote to continue to be “your” voice and to fight to protect your pension.”
Local 888 members vote for a resolution in support of the the “Fight for $15 and a Union” at the 2014 convention. See more pictures from the 2014 Members’ Convention by clicking here.
The winners for Local 888’s 2015 scholarship awards are: member: Dana Drury, UMass Lowell for applicant: Emily Drury; member: Laurie Rocco, Unit 2 DAR for applicant: Angelica Rocco; and member: Maryanne Carty, Westwood Town Hall for applicant: Patrick Scannell.
Current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations) are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Get more details about eligibility
Union Plus Scholarships are awarded in amounts of $500 to $4,000. These are one-time cash awards for study beginning in the fall of 2015. This money can be used for tuition and fees, books, room and board, and for other education-related expenses. Students may re-apply each year.
Essays and Reference Letter
Be sure to start your application today so you have plenty of time to complete these important sections before the deadline:
Letter of Reference — from a teacher or other adult familiar with your achievements and abilities.
Two Essays — each approximately 350 words, for the essay questions below.
- Essay 1. Describe the strategies you have used, or plan to use, to cut the costs of your college education. How do you intend to finance your education while trying to minimize your debt?
- Essay 2. Describe your relationship with the union and the labor movement. In what ways has it personally affected your life and your family’s life? Explain why you believe you are a good choice for this union scholarship.
This scholarship program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation sponsored by Union Privilege. The Union Plus Education Foundation is funded in part by donations from Capital One N.A., provider of the Union Plus Credit Card. You do not need to be a Union Plus Credit Card
holder to apply for this scholarship.
2014 Scholarship Winners
Take a look at this list of impressive 2014 Union Plus Scholarship winners
. In 2014, 116 union members and family members were awarded a total of $150,000 in scholarship money as part of this 22-year old program.
Deadline is January 31st, 2015, at noon EST.
Scholarship recipients will be notified by postal mail during the first week of June 2015. All applicants will be sent email notification.