Housing

Double-whammy for Gateway Cities

Double-whammy for Gateway Cities

Municipalities are caught in vicious real estate cycle

CLARK UNIVERSITY IN WORCESTER this week unveiled a series of new data profiles suggesting Gateway Cities  are being hit with a real estate double-whammy: housing prices that are relatively low and rents that are relatively high. That combination is trouble because it means developers have little incentive to build new housing units in Gateway Cities(...)

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A choreographed hiring process

A choreographed hiring process

MassHousing skips search, follows script in hiring Sullivan

The Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency selected new executive director Timothy Sullivan in a matter of minutes in January, and internal documents obtained through a public records request show just how choreographed the hiring process was. The day before the board meeting on January 12 where he was going to relinquish his post, then-executive director Thomas(...)

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Moment of reckoning for housing and state economy

Moment of reckoning for housing and state economy

Restrictive zoning rules are hampering production, pushing up prices -- and pushing out young talent

THE MASSACHUSETTS ECONOMY is the envy of the nation. We quickly rebounded from the recession and are home to the nation’s best educated workforce and one of its largest and most diverse innovation economies. Unemployment is down to 4.5 percent and our growth is outperforming the national economy. That success is worthy of celebration, but(...)

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Doing more for homeless people in Massachusetts

Doing more for homeless people in Massachusetts

Programs serving homeless individuals need more help from state

THE FOUNDING OF the Massachusetts Bay Colony was grounded in the social contract. In a sermon delivered in 1630, Gov. John Winthrop articulated the belief that, “[W]e must… make other’s conditions our own…as members of the same body.” For generations, vital services in Massachusetts have been a responsibility of our government. We’re rightly proud that(...)

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Mass Housing hires new chief in 10 minutes

Mass Housing hires new chief in 10 minutes

Lightning-fast action called smart succession planning

It took less than 10 minutes for the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency to name a new executive director last month. The authority’s board convened at 2 p.m. on Jan. 12. After approving the minutes from the last meeting and welcoming a new member, the board voted to go into executive session “to discuss strategies with(...)

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Baker seeks to redevelop state parcel

Baker seeks to redevelop state parcel

Works with Walsh on parcel near Chinatown

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE PLANNING TO MOVE STATE HIGHWAY OFFICES from their perch above Boston’s Big Dig, city and state officials want to develop a large area at the edge of Chinatown, they announced Tuesday. The move is a high-profile example of an effort by Gov. Charlie Baker to convert state-owned land into housing and(...)

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Getting used to the political brushoff

Getting used to the political brushoff

Requiring public housing recipients to work is a policy that most elected officials run away from.

AFTER THE SPEECHES were over at a recent event, I walked over to say hello to one of state’s most prominent elected officials. He’s someone I have known for many years. As I approached, he smiled broadly and reached out his hand, saying, “Mayor, how are you?” After exchanging pleasantries, I asked for an opportunity(...)

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Affordable housing at risk

Affordable housing at risk

We need to preserve the 13A program

Solving the Massachusetts affordable housing crisis will not be possible unless we preserve existing housing as well as produce new homes.  Given the housing production constraints Massachusetts faces, losing even one unit of our current affordable housing stock strains an already-overburdened system.  Massachusetts is on the verge of losing thousands of units of affordable housing(...)

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