Dedication Ceremony for Ruth Lillian Barkley apartments
Ms. Edna Willrich speaking at the renaming ceremony May 18, 2013.
On Saturday, May 18, Ms. Edna Willrich of Section 8 Tenants, Incorporated, spoke about Ms. Barkley, a longtime community activist and advocate of the Cathedral Public Housing Development. "Ruth was a woman that cared about everyone. She didn’t care if you were black, green, purple or white. It didn’t matter," Ms. Willrich said. "If she thought you were wrong you were going to listen to her or else.” Ms. Willrich served on the Boston Housing Resident Advisory Board, the Mayor's Monitoring Committee, and the RAB Budget Committee with Ms. Barkley. She and Ms. Barkley also attended a trip to Washington, D.C. last year to advocate for Boston housing residents. Ms. Barkley spent 40 years working with tenants at Cathedral to improve their lives. One of her biggest wins came in the formation of a grievance and appeals panel that continues to meet with residents weekly. Ms. Barkley, who served as the Chairwoman of the Boston Housing Tenants Policy Council, also helped to establish summer food programs for children and a walking program. [source: Boston Globe].
S8TI went to Washington
In March 2013, members of the Boston Housing Authority Resident Advisory Board visited Washington, D.C. to appeal to Senators and U.S. Representatives for more support of low income residents in the Greater Boston area. While there S8TI's own Edna Willrich, also a member of the RAB left letters with U.S. representatives explaining the mission of Section 8 Tenants Incorporated.