Housing

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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On housing supply, the more things change…

To understand what holds back the state’s economy, and what causes young families who are otherwise drawn to Massachusetts life to flee for greener pastures, check out this piece by Jay Fitzgerald from the Sunday Globe. The biggest threat to the state’s economy is not taxes and business regulation but the sky-high cost of housing,(...)

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Lawrence facing housing crisis, report says

Lawrence facing housing crisis, report says

Property values low, rents high, new construction lags

A NEW REPORT suggests Lawrence is facing a major housing crisis, with property values low, rents high, and new construction failing to keep pace with population increases. The study, funded by six public and private organizations, was designed to give policymakers in Lawrence a sense of key housing trends. On almost every front, the trends(...)

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Dealing with chronic homelessness

Dealing with chronic homelessness

Pay-for-success approach shows promise

IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS, the city of Boston put the finishing touches on a new shelter for 400 homeless individuals on South Hampton Street and announced a bold homelessness triage system. Mayor Martin Walsh and city officials should be applauded for their swift and comprehensive response to the emergency closure of the Long Island(...)

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Baker pushes family homelessness program

Baker pushes family homelessness program

Plans to steer money for motels to prevention

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER says he plans to make a big dent in the number of homeless Massachusetts families by taking $20 million now being used for shelter and hotel-motel stays and redirecting the funds to services that will keep families in their own homes or steer them to housing in their own communities. Baker is(...)

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Waging the war on poverty

Waging the war on poverty

Let’s focus on solutions, not stereotypes

IN 2015, THERE are emerging signs of bipartisan energy to address poverty. While contemplating a third presidential run, Mitt Romney vowed that a potential campaign would include a pledge to “end the scourge of poverty.” And earlier this month, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush outlined his “Right to Rise” agenda. “It’s very hard for people(...)

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CDCs applaud new tax credit program

Both Baker, Patrick support initiative

As the year’s end brings a barrage of appeals from nonprofit groups hoping to capitalize on the spirit of holiday giving, the state’s community development corporations are making a pitch for a new tax credit program that enjoys the bipartisan backing of both the outgoing Democratic governor and his Republican successor.  The Massachusetts Association of(...)

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