August 07, 2015
Contact: Dan Rizzo

Safe Housing Task Force Update

Mayor Rizzo to walk the streets of Revere in latest Safe Housing Task Force effort

Revere: The Safe Housing Task Force (SHTF) has consistently worked to revitalize neighborhoods throughout the City of Revere.  Problem properties have been front and centre for the Rizzo Administration and a conscious effort to address this serious problem has been ongoing with the help and support of the SHTF. 

The SHTF brings together officials from several city departments—including health, fire and police, and the Mayor’s Office—to develop targeted solutions for problem properties in Revere.

Under Mayor Rizzo’s leadership, the SHTF has undertaken these issues to reduce overcrowding (which can result in fire hazards), health hazards, and other quality of life issues such as parking and neighbourhood disputes.

“I take neighbourhood safety very seriously and will not tolerate those who refuse to comply with our health code and building ordinances.  These scofflaws negatively impact the quality of life for other residents, and in some cases, place the public in danger”, Mayor Rizzo said.

Aggressive tactics by the SHTF include fines that escalate over time—some of which can reach a maximum of $500 per day—and in particularly severe situations, result in receivership actions and/or administrative search warrants. The total amounts of fines that go unpaid automatically are transferred to the property tax bill, in effect becoming a lien on the property. 

Recently, Mayor Rizzo walked around the Ward 2 neighbourhoods alongside City Councillor Ira Novoselsky.  Mayor Rizzo and Councilor Novoselsky, the Ward 2 City Councilor representing that area discussed the SHTF to local residents, who learned what they can do to make Revere a safer, healthier, and cleaner city.

“The Ward 2 neighborhood has had many properties renovated over the years thanks to the Safe Housing Task Force,” Novoselsky said.  “We need to continue to take care of all properties, and in particular, absentee landlords in Ward 2- I believe the task force can help us with that matter. It has been a great tool for the City to identify and solve problem properties around Revere, particularly in areas I represent.  I am thankful to Mayor Rizzo for that.”

Mayor Rizzo plans to travel around Ward 1 to communicate with the residents about the future of the SHTF and what this program means to their area in late August.  He will be joined by Ward 1 City Councilor Joanna McKenna, who is happy with the direction of the SHTF.

“The Safe Housing Task Force has addressed 12-15 abandoned houses, including a home that was burned down on Winthrop Avenue,” McKenna said. “The rapid response time by the task force has helped solve many issues in Ward 1, which was in terrible shape not too long ago.” 

Beginning in August, members of Mayor Rizzo’s staff in City Hall will be providing semi-annual updates to the City Council and the public on efforts being made by the SHTF.

“We know this problem is a serious one, and one that will take some time to fully address.  However, my administration will continue to implement our zero-tolerance stance against problem properties, and apply the most aggressive means possible to correct these blighted areas to ensure that all residents can achieve the quality of life that they deserve and rightfully expect,” Mayor Rizzo said.

If you would like to report a problem property to the City of Revere, please visit the SeeClickFix Page on the City’s official website. If you have any other questions or concerns regarding the SHTF, please call the Mayor’s Office at 781-286-8111 or email revere_mayor@revere.org.  Remember to like the City of Revere Facebook Pageand follow the City on Twitter @Revere_MA.