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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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Housing activists, teachers protest in Nubian Square
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Housing activists, teachers protest in Nubian Square
In the fight to pass eviction legislation that could protect renters and small landlords during the COVID-19 crisis, City Life/Vida Urbana has partnered with other COVID-related causes. Teachers from the Boston Teachers Union, parents and renters in Nubian Square voiced their concerns about housing, school reopening and job loss in a rally Wednesday in front of the Boston Public Schools Bolling Building headquarters.
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A push to extend eviction protections
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A push to extend eviction protections
Governor Charlie Baker’s statewide eviction moratorium is now set to end on October 17, he announced last Tuesday. But while the ban prevents no-fault evictions from flooding the courts during the COVID-19 emergency, organizers say the state could see over 20,000 eviction cases immediately after it ends.
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Eviction moratorium extended to end of year
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Eviction moratorium extended to end of year
Mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston Housing Authority announced Friday that they will extend the moratorium on “nonessential” evictions for Boston’s public housing residents until the end of 2020.
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Study finds higher eviction rates in black communities
While 18% of Boston renters currently live in majority-black neighborhoods, about 37% of evictions occur in those neighborhoods, according to a study undertaken by researchers at MIT and the Boston tenants’ rights group City Life/Vida Urbana.
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Opinion
A healthy recovery calls for social housing
The core principle of our current housing system is protection of the private market, with 96.3% of the nation’s housing stock in private hands. Only 3.7% is made up of different forms of social housing ¾ public housing, nonprofit housing, cooperatives and community land trusts.
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Walsh announces $69m in housing funds
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Walsh announces $69m in housing funds
On Feb. 7, Mayor Walsh announced $69 million in funding that city officials say will support construction of 936 affordable new units in Boston.
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Mayor Walsh investing in affordable housing
Mayor Martin Walsh is proposing hundreds of millions of dollars in additional spending on affordable housing over the next five years, officials in his administration said during a press briefing in advance of the mayor’s annual State of the City address.
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