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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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Pressley holds town hall in Randolph
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Pressley holds town hall in Randolph
The constituents who came to Stetson Hall in Randolph brought questions about immigration, impeachment, women’s rights and growing inequality to 7th District U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s town hall meeting Saturday.
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Opinion
HUD: deregulation needed to solve homelessness
State and local officials across the country also reckon with limited resources to house the nation’s half million homeless and its accompanying persistent poverty.
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Edwards calls for overhaul of ZBA
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Edwards calls for overhaul of ZBA
District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards filed an ordinance last week that would radically reform the way the Zoning Board of Appeal is constituted and conducts its business. The measure would end the practice of reserving seats on the board for real-estate industry insiders and institute strict guidelines to curb conflicts of interest.
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A housing market out of reach for residents
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A housing market out of reach for residents
Legislation currently under consideration in the Massachusetts State House would provide new overtime protections or strengthen current protections for 435,000 salaried workers across the state, approximately 330,000 more than similar federal legislation proposed by the Trump administration, according to a report released last week by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.
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Housing advocates discuss crisis solutions
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Housing advocates discuss crisis solutions
At a meeting held by JP Progressives Monday night, local advocates for fair housing discussed Boston’s housing crisis and what they can do to fix it.
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Opinion
After 51 years, fair housing still an unfinished journey
Fifty-one years ago this month, the Fair Housing Act was enacted to ensure that housing discrimination was illegal. Yet just days before the annual observance of Fair Housing Month began, headline news articles reminded the nation that housing discrimination still exists.
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