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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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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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Youth activists call for increased jobs funds
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Youth activists call for increased jobs funds
Youth activists gathered in front of the State House Feb. 18 for the 13th Annual “Injustice was Never Normal Youth Rally” to promote youth jobs, housing opportunities and better education for Massachusetts students. About 20 speakers and sign-holders from Boston, Revere and towns across Massachusetts were led by I Have a Future, a statewide collective of youth leaders dedicated to increasing youth jobs and reducing mass incarceration.
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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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Legislature passes Boston housing bills
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Legislature passes Boston housing bills
Part of activists’ push for fairer housing, the HOMES Act, as well as updates to Boston’s zoning code and new tenant protections, were all sent to the governor’s desk last week. The bills move affordable housing forward and signal the state’s urgency around protecting tenants during the pandemic.
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Council probes mayor’s housing stability plan
Before voting on a housing ordinance affecting Boston renters and landlords, city councilors discussed the effectiveness of the mayor’s changes after the statewide eviction moratorium recently ended.
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Last-minute push for eviction protections
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Last-minute push for eviction protections
While demonstrators with City Life/Vida Urbana were marching to the State House on Thursday Oct. 15, House representatives were inside discussing legislation to extend eviction protections with Rep. Mike Connolly in an informal session.
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Activists seek extension of eviction moratorium
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Activists seek extension of eviction moratorium
The resources in the Eviction Diversion Initiative will include more money for rapid rehousing programs, legal representation and mediation outside of court between landlords and renters.
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Activists pushing to extend eviction protections
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Activists pushing to extend eviction protections
Organizers and legislators are renewing their push for the Housing Stability Act proposed in July. At a press conference Sept. 30 hosted by Homes for All Massachusetts, supporters gathered at the State House and on Zoom to share their concern for the end of the governor’s eviction moratorium.
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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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