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Councilor Edwards Addresses Housing During COVID-19: Boston’s Existing Crisis, Tenant/Landlord Rights, Relief Resources

City Councilor Lydia Edwards (District 1) held a virtual “coffee hour” Saturday morning via Facebook Live to discuss housing concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was joined by Joey Michalakes, an attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services, to discuss housing resources and tenant/landlord rights as well as answer questions from residents online. Councilor Edwards, who Read More…

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Mayor Walsh Focuses on Housing, Transportation, and Schools in State of the City Address

Mayor Marty Walsh expressed his bold vision for Boston in this week’s State of the City with his biggest priorities being housing, transportation, and Boston Public Schools. Housing Walsh wants $500 million to build thousands of homes across the city of Boston over a five-year period. However, he said he will need help from state Read More…

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City and Airbnb Settle Suit on Regulations for Registry; Affirms Owner Occupancy Rule

Under a settlement agreement reached between Airbnb and the City of Boston this week, Airbnb will facilitate the City’s short-term rental registration system and remove listings for illegal short-term rentals from its website. The settlement affirms Boston’s ban on short-term rentals from non-owner occupied buildings, eliminating investor units and absentee Airbnb landlords. Owner-occupants may continue to Read More…

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Boston City Council Wants More Affordable Housing

The Boston City Council wants more affordable housing in the city and wants developers to contribute and help with the housing crisis. Earlier this week, the council held a hearing regarding Boston’s Inclusionary Development Policy, which requires developers to provide some affordable housing on some projects. If developers build more than nine housing units, they Read More…

Featured Government Real Estate

Councilor Edwards Calls for Updates to Two Affordable Housing Programs

From the Office of Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards, representing District One (North End, Charlestown and East Boston): Councilors Lydia Edwards, Chair of Boston’s Housing and Community Development Committee has released a policy brief calling for updates on two key housing programs. The first focuses on Inclusionary Development, which requires certain developers to produce deed-restricted Read More…

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Celebrating Boston’s Affordable Housing Funding Grants at North End’s Knights of Columbus Event

It was a good day for affordable housing efforts in the City of Boston as hundreds of new units were funded throughout the city at a celebratory event held in the North End. Mayor Walsh and local officials gathered at the Knights of Columbus building at 41 N. Margin Street, the future site of 23 Read More…

Event Notices Government

Mayor Walsh to Present New Affordable Housing Funding Wednesday, February 20

Mayor Walsh will announce new funding to preserve and create hundreds of affordable housing units across the City on Wednesday, February 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 41 N. Margin Street in the North End. Read more in the announcement, posted below, and on the City of Boston website.

Government Real Estate

City Councilors File Petition for 6% Real Estate Transfer Tax to Combat Housing Speculation

From the Offices of Boston City Councilors Lydia Edwards and Kim Janey: Councilors Lydia Edwards and Kim Janey have proposed a Home Rule Petition to combat housing speculation and establish an investor and commercial property transfer fee. The proposed bill would enhance the city’s housing toolkit by generating millions of dollars for affordable housing and Read More…

Community Featured Meetings Photos & Videos

Residents Association Praises Knights for Building Affordable Housing [Video]

The Knights of Columbus received a warm welcome at the November 2018 North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) where a voice vote of acclamation was made in support of the 23 new senior affordable housing units at 41 N. Margin Street in Boston’s North End. The Knights of Columbus (Ausonia Council #1513) would also have just Read More…

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City Council Working to Limit Housing Speculation; Talks Flipping Tax

The Boston City Council held a working session on housing speculation Thursday afternoon. Housing speculation is when investors buy up properties, apartments and condos for a low price to then turn it around at a quick rate to make a bigger profit. This creates unaffordable rents, causing residents to be displaced from their communities. District Read More…

Featured Real Estate

Affordable Senior Housing in North End Receives Approval to Move Forward

The proposal for senior affordable housing at 41 North Margin Street in Boston’s North End received approval on Thursday by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA). Brought forward by the Knights of Columbus (Ausonia Council #1513), the project will convert its existing building into 23 fully affordable senior living and ADA accessible units to Read More…