Housing

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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Residency ruse

Residency ruse

It’s the gift that keeps giving, the evergreen story that gets repackaged every so often and then met with varying degrees of outrage, some sincere and others as phony as a Boston City Council vow to serve as an independent counterweight to mayoral authority. The byzantine world of Boston’s municipal residency requirement for city workers(...)

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Boston’s inspectional disservice

The recent Globe Spotlight Team series “Shadow Campus” painted a devastating and detailed picture of the scummy world of Boston’s apartment rental market catering to the thousands of college students who pour into the city each year. From rat-infested apartments with mold growing on the walls to illegal units crammed dangerously into basements or other(...)

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Taking back Brockton

Taking back Brockton

Brockton officials cautiously eye eminent domain for underwater mortgages

If Brockton passes on the prospect of becoming the first American municipality to seize troubled mortgages by eminent domain, it won’t be because the city is worried it’s on the wrong side of the law. As Brockton begins a months-long study debating the use of eminent domain for mortgages, even the effort’s skeptics believe the(...)

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