CPA Endorsed by Boston Clergy

Responding to a letter initiated by JALSA, over two dozen Boston interfaith clergy have publicly endorsed the Community Preservation Act.

We – as leaders in our faith’s Boston community – indicate our support of Boston’s participation in the Community Preservation Act – a state program that would allow Boston to raise money for affordable housing, parks, and historic preservation through a small property tax surcharge that would be matched by additional funding from the Commonwealth.

The CPA was passed by the Massachusetts legislature in 2000 in an effort to preserve the communities of Massachusetts’s towns and cities. By creating affordable housing that allows a community’s next generation to stay close to home, caring for parks and public spaces, and preserving historic sites, the CPA helps keep Massachusetts’s communities together.

Passing the CPA on the November ballot would help provide a higher quality-of-life for residents of Boston.  It could create new, affordable homes for seniors, families, and veterans and help Boston retain its diversity. It could provide our children and families with parks, playgrounds, trails, and gardens.  And it could preserve the historic assets that make our city special.

We believe that the tax funding mechanism for the CPA – with numerous exemptions – is designed to alleviate any substantial burden on low income residents and low-moderate and moderate income seniors.   The typical Boston homeowner whose home is assessed at $500,000 would pay approximately $24 per year for this investment, and in turn, the City would generate $20 million or more every year for CPA projects.   If adopted, Boston would exercise local control over its CPA funds.  With input from the public, and city boards and agencies, a new committee of local residents would review and recommend projects to the city for funding each year.

We, Boston clergy leaders, support a “yes” vote on Question 5. We believe this is a moral choice for a better Boston.


Reverend June R. Cooper; City Mission

The Rev. Rainey G. Dankel, Trinity Church in the City of Boston

Shaykh Yasir Fahmy; Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center

Reverend Dr. Gregory G. Groover Sr.; Historic Charles Street A.M.E Church

Rabbi Jen Gubitz, Temple Israel of Boston

Reverend Rahsaan Hall, African Methodist Episcopal Church

Rabbi Suzie Schwartz Jacobson, Temple Israel of Boston

The Reverend Edwin D. Johnson; St. Mary’s Episcopal Church of Dorchester

Monsignor Frank H. Kelley, Sacred Heart Church of Roslindale

Reverend Michael McGarry, C.S.P., The Paulist Center

Rev. Rob Mark; Church of the Covenant

Rev. John R. Odams; The First Baptist Church of Boston

Rabbi Barbara Penzner; Temple Hillel B’nai Torah

Rabbi Victor Reinstein; Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue

Reverend Julie Avis Rogers, Church of the Covenant

Very Reverend James J. Ronan, VF; Saint Mary – Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Charlestown

Rabbi Matthew Soffer; Temple Israel of Boston

Reverend Burns Stanfield; Fourth Presbyterian Church; President of Greater Boston Interfaith Organization

The Reverend Liz Steinhauser, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

The Very Reverend John P. Streit; Cathedral Church of Saint Paul

Rev. Nancy S. Taylor; Old South Church in Boston

The Rev. Pamela L. Werntz, Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston

Reverend Gloria Elaine White-Hammond, M.D.; Bethel A.M.E. Church