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Long odds for Boston homebuyers
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Long odds for Boston homebuyers
Felicia Richard, a Boston native and long-time resident, started looking to buy her first home in 1995, after her oldest son was born. Nearly three decades later, after eight years away from the city and another year and a half where she was essentially homeless, Richard still has not been able to buy a home.
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Opinion
A false sense of housing security
Maria has been living in fear. Her landlord has been rapping on her door, harassing her and her children for the rent. But, since both Maria and her husband have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 crisis, they can’t pay rent.
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Elected officials call for federal housing relief
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Elected officials call for federal housing relief
Massachusetts elected officials gathered Wednesday to advocate for the inclusion of funds for housing-related provisions in the Biden administration’s Build Back Better reconciliation bill.
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Local News
Researchers map gentrification patterns
For years, urban planners and housing advocates have understood the effects of gentrification on local populations in general ways — Black, Haitian and Cape Verdean families leaving Boston for Brockton and Randolph, Latinos in East Boston seeking lower rents in Revere and Lynn.
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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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Business
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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Local News
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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