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City Council Talks Housing Security, Relief for Restaurants, Equitable COVID-19 Recovery, and Support for Veterans, Healthcare Workers

The Boston City Council had a full agenda for their second-ever virtual council meeting. Much of the conversation focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on Boston residents and workers, as well as on housing and businesses. The Council spoke about resolutions that can be enacted now, and how the city can prepare for future recovery. Read More…

Government

Councilor Edwards Proposes Using Community Preservation Act Funds for Emergency Rental Relief

District One City Councilor Lydia Edwards, who is also the Chair of the Boston City Council Committee on Housing and Community Development, is proposing a reallocation of $2 million of Community Preservation Act revenue to an emergency rental voucher program to provide relief for residents economically impacted by COVID-19. The Community Preservation Act (CPA) typically provides Read More…

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Tenants’ Rights and Housing Resources Provided by Office of Housing Stability [Video]

Katie Forde from Boston’s Office of Housing Stability (OHS) gave a presentation about resources and tenants rights at the February North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) meeting. Part of the Department of Neighborhood Development, the OHS was created in 2016. Its primary goals are to: Assist Bostonians with identifying and accessing rental housing they can afford, Read More…

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Boston’s Office of Housing Stability Talks Tenant and Landlord Rights

Katie Forde, Operations Manager for the City of Boston’s Office of Housing Stability discussed tenant and landlord rights at the February 2020 North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) meeting. As a branch of the Department of Neighborhood Development, the Office of Housing Stability assists residents in a variety of ways including finding affordable housing, educating landlords Read More…

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Councilor Bok Gives Maiden Speech on Expanding Housing Cooperatives

Councilor Kenzie Bok, representing District 8, gave her first speech at this week’s City Council meeting regarding a hearing to explore the current state of housing cooperatives and strategies for its further expansion. The City of Boston has increasingly seen transient residents who can no longer afford to remain in their neighborhoods and find themselves 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…

Community

Panel Discusses How We Can Build Community Through Housing

In a historic space well-known for being at the center of important events, the Old North Church, in partnership with Historic Boston Inc., provided a forum for a panel discussion on housing. The panel, comprised of Donna Brown who acted as Moderator, Christine Clements, Angie Liou, and Raber Umphenour, lent insights and experiences toward exploring Read More…

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Reader Poll: Should Boston Bring Back Rent Control?

At a recent Boston City Council meeting, Councilor-at-large Althea Garrison requested a hearing on rent control as a way to combat the housing crisis in Boston. Garrison supports rent control, saying residents are being evicted at high rates and landlords need to be held accountable. She said low-income families are often forced to rent at Read More…

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Boston Councilor Wants to Bring Back Rent Control

Boston City Councilor Althea Garrison wants rent control back in the city of Boston.  During the regular city council meeting, Garrison requested a hearing on rent control as a way to combat the housing crisis in the city. “There is a major housing crisis in the city of Boston,” she said. “Landlords frequently refuse to Read More…

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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…

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…