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Mayor Walsh Launches Office of Financial Empowerment to Address Poverty and Income Inequality

BOSTON – Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Vice Chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Cities of Opportunity Task Force, launched a wide-ranging effort to address poverty and income inequality in Boston with the help of several partners. Joined by Michael K. Durkin, President and CEO of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and representatives from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Jewish Vocational Service, Mayor Walsh announced the formation of a new Office of Financial Empowerment.

Mayor Walsh releases "Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030"

BOSTON—Mayor Martin J. Walsh today released “Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030,” the administration’s housing plan.  The plan, which aims to create housing across demographics and neighborhoods, outlines the City’s strategies for housing an expected 91,000 new Bostonians by the year 2030, and calls for the creation of 53,000 new units of housing at a variety of income levels across the City. 

How Boston Encourages U.S. Citizenship

The city's broad-scale effort helps eligible legal residents navigate the tricky and costly process of applying for citizenship.

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh

My parents immigrated to the United States from Ireland in the 1950s, but it was more than three decades before my mother, Mary, became a U.S. citizen. Like millions of others, my mother had to navigate a complex, challenging, and intimidating citizenship process. Moving forward through the process of becoming a U.S. citizen was difficult for her, and it remains difficult for millions of legal permanent residents today.

Walsh lands in Ireland, evoking JFK

By Andrew Ryan
Globe Staff   September 19, 2014

SHANNON, Ireland — An emotional Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh landed before dawn Friday on Irish soil and paid homage to Shannon Airport, the point of departure to Boston for scores of immigrants, including his parents, and the setting of a poignant speech by President John F. Kennedy.

After touching down in driving rain, Walsh was greeted by his mother, dozens of relatives, 10 mayors from across Ireland, and a gaggle of local reporters.

‘The mayor is coming!’ Ireland relishes visit by Walsh

By Andrew Ryan
Globe Staff   September 18, 2014

In honor of the homecoming, the family house in Rosmuc, an Irish-speaking village of 500 in the craggy, desolate hills of Connemara, got a new coat of paint. A nearby church planned a special Mass for the return of a man described as “Connemara’s Kennedy.”

Further out the coast, the village of Carna is preparing for what a local newspaper portrayed as “the biggest day in its history.” They are painting too, and mowing grass along the stone walls.

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