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Mayoral candidates advance ideas on Boston’s housing crisis
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Mayoral candidates advance ideas on Boston’s housing crisis
In a June poll from Suffolk University and The Boston Globe, respondents selected housing as the most important issue that would affect their vote for mayor.
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Elderly housing opens in Four Corners area
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Elderly housing opens in Four Corners area
Last week, acting Mayor Kim Janey joined city officials, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Michael Kenneally and staff from the affordable housing nonprofit Hearth to cut the ribbon on a 54-unit, low-income elderly housing building in Dorchester.
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America faces a housing crisis
According to a report by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, throughout the country, many rising housing costs are attributable to shrinking housing inventory that favors consumers wealthy enough to make cash offers on homes or those with savings substantial enough to cover both down payments and closing costs.
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Will Biden’s plan help housing?
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Will Biden’s plan help housing?
While the selected communities await expanded affordable housing in their respective locales, the rest of the nation awaits congressional action on President Biden’s goal of improving housing infrastructure as announced in his American Jobs Plan.
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Renters struggle with displacement
The city of Boston’s initiatives to increase income-restricted housing have provided affordable spots, especially important during a time where job loss can mean missing rent payments and subsequent eviction. But displacement still persists, and the city is working to keep struggling residents in their homes.
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Housing activists demonstrate for eviction protections
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Housing activists demonstrate for eviction protections
Despite city- and state-funded anti-eviction efforts, renters and homeowners in Massachusetts are still facing evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 emergency. Activists are demanding legislators at the state and federal level extend all eviction moratoriums and act now to protect families from displacement.
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Council, mayor advance fair housing amendment
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Council, mayor advance fair housing amendment
City Council voted unanimously to pass a zoning amendment requiring builders to comply with Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing principles.
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Dorchester development sparks debate
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Dorchester development sparks debate
The 1,300-space parking lot is now a site of competing visions for Dorchester as residents struggle over its future. The conflict has exposed neighborhood divisions along racial and class lines and stoked tensions between homeowners and renters.
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BPDA approves Suffolk Downs development
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BPDA approves Suffolk Downs development
The Boston Planning and Development Agency voted unanimously on Sept. 25 in favor of HYM Investment’s plan for the former Suffolk Downs racetrack, paving the way for one of the largest housing development projects in Boston’s history.
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Activists seek affordability at Suffolk Downs
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Activists seek affordability at Suffolk Downs
Just days before a Boston Planning and Development Agency vote on plans to develop housing at the former Suffolk Downs race track, a coalition called the People United in East Boston for Liberating and Organizing (PUEBLO), of which City Life/Vida Urbana is a member, protested at the site.
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Why is fair housing still a distant journey for Black America?
Public pressure to restore a key HUD rule has united civil rights and public and private sector stakeholders in a swelling and nearly daily drumbeat of concern calling for fair housing to be supported and HUD’s replacement rule be rescinded.
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Dorchester affordable housing project underway
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Dorchester affordable housing project underway
A new affordable housing project is underway in Dorchester, set for completion in summer 2021. The Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC) broke ground in December after five years of gathering resources for the 80-unit, mixed-use space.
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