Housing

How to solve homelessness

How to solve homelessness

Solutions abound; they just need money

TONIGHT, 6,300 MEN and women across the Commonwealth will sleep on the streets or in shelter. Although that statistic may be disheartening, this does not have to be the case. Homeless services providers across the state do not lack for solutions to end homelessness – we lack the necessary resources. Additional funding would allow providers(...)

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City council puts restraints on Airbnb

City council puts restraints on Airbnb

Industry slams measure for cutting commercial units, rental caps

THE BOSTON CITY COUNCIL overwhelmingly approved tough new restrictions on short-term rentals offered by companies such as Airbnb and HomeAway, eliminating investor-owned units from the marketplace while allowing owner-occupied, two- and three-family homeowners to rent out some of their units year-round. The council on Wednesday made some minor adjustments to a proposal by Mayor Marty(...)

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For hire: CEO of housing and transit

For hire: CEO of housing and transit

Eastern Mass. has too little housing and too much traffic. Here’s a bold fix.

EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS has a lot going for it. From the outside looking in, we’re thriving in the information economy. We can boast a talented workforce; world-class research and development; productive relations between government, business, and academia; nationally esteemed health care and education services; and access to deep capital markets. Residents, though, see the underside of(...)

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Rivera’s folly comes to an end

Rivera’s folly comes to an end

The Lawrence school department moves back into their original building after $3.5 million in repairs

Lawrence on Thursday unloaded an empty downtown building and a lot next door, bringing an end to a real estate power play by Mayor Daniel Rivera that ended up backfiring. Rivera engineered the purchase of the building at 370 Essex St. in 2015 as the future home for the city’s school department. At the time,(...)

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Airbnb goes inhospitable

Airbnb goes inhospitable

The home-sharing site lays into Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu for her proposed restrictions

GO ON THE Airbnb website and you feel like you’ve landed in a cool world with interesting people who could become your friends. “Book unique homes and experiences all over the world,” is the message greeting visitors to the company’s homepage. The message to those who would stand in the path of the multibillion-dollar home-sharing(...)

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Amherst church is now his home

Amherst church is now his home

Immigrants seek sanctuary in churches to avoid deportation

ON THE VERGE of being deported last summer, Lucio Perez took sanctuary in the First Congregational Church in Amherst. He hasn’t left since. Perez is one of three people in Massachusetts and 20 nationwide who have sought sanctuary in churches to avoid being deported. First Church is one of roughly 1,100 churches across the country(...)

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Senate goes light on short-term rental regs

Senate goes light on short-term rental regs

Lodging industry pans bill as a gift to Airbnb and other home-sharing apps

THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE has passed its bill for short-term-rentals, a stripped-down version of the House measure that simplifies the tax on hosts and eliminates any tiered structure so that people offering a single room in their home are treated the same as the investor with scores of units for rent. The Senate bill, passed on(...)

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House passes new tax on short-term rentals

House passes new tax on short-term rentals

Airbnb called the measure 'onerous and overly burdensome"

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE TRYING TO BRING STATE LAW in line with the new ways in which people rent short-term lodging, the Massachusetts House on Thursday passed legislation to regulate and tax the short-term rental industry. Short-term rentals through websites like Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO have grown in popularity over recent years, creating new revenue(...)

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