Housing News Roundup
To keep in touch with what's going on at the local level, MHP regularly summarizes and links to housing stories that have appeared in newspapers around the state.
New Bedford: Mayor sets meeting on city homeless camp NEW BEDFORD --- Standard-Times reporters Kathleen McKiernan and Mike Lawrence portray what life is like in a long-standing homeless camp, which has drawn public attention recently after a series of assaults brought police to the site and revealed that a young child was among the dozen or so people living there. Mayor Jon Mitchell has called for a meeting with homeless advocacy organizations to see what can be done to help the people who have been living on this property for years.
Publication: New Bedford Standard Times, Jul 31, 2015
Lawrence: 7-alarm fire scene now 10 homes for vets LAWRENCE --- Part of a city block ravaged by a 2008 fire is now a 10-unit home for veterans thanks to a partnership between the city, a Haverhill-based veterans group and Housing Support Inc. of Newburyport.
Publication: Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, Jul 27, 2015
Boston: Support lacking, JP developers seek delay BOSTON --- Almost a month after failing to get support from the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, developers proposing to build 76 apartments at 3200 Washington St. have asked the city's zoning board of appeals for a delay so it can finalize its proposal. Local residents have complained that the project is too big and does not include enough affordable units.
Publication: Jamaica Plain News, Jul 26, 2015
Grafton: Does not reappoint controversial trust member GRAFTON --- Selectmen have voted 3-2 not to reappoint Edward Prisby to the town's affordable housing trust committee. Prisby had questioned the town's decision to place $900,000 won in a profit dispute with a 40B developer into the town's general fund as opposed to the housing trust.
Publication: Community Advocate, Jul 25, 2015
Sudbury: Breaks ground on 3 affordable homes for sale SUDBURY --- The town recently broke ground on the construction of three affordable homes that will be sold to families earning less than 80 percent median income. The Sudbury Housing Trust has hired Transformation Inc. to build the homes on Maynard Road. A stand-alone home will sell for $180,800 while each unit in a duplex will ell for $162,700.
Publication: Sudbury Town Crier, Jul 25, 2015
Waltham: Debates using CPA funds for rental assistance WALTHAM (originally published on May 22) --- To help the city meet the requirement of spending at least 10 percent of its collected Community Preservation Act funds on housing, a local nonprofit, the housing authority and the Community Preservation Committee have proposed a three-year, $3.2 million program that would provide rental assistance to low-income residents. City officials like the idea but have expressed concern that it is too big and too costly.
Publication: Waltham News Tribune, Jul 22, 2015
Somerville: Mulls streamlined wait list for housing SOMERVILLE --- Single mom Martine Dreux's ongoing search for affordable housing illustrates how hard it is to find affordable housing in Somerville and why the city officials have proposed creating a centralized waiting list that they could refer to whenever an affordable unit of any type becomes available.
Publication: Somerville Journal, Jul 21, 2015
State: Mass. Municipal Assoc., advocates debate 40B merits BOSTON --- While affordable housing advocates maintain that state statute Ch. 40B is an important tool in developing multifamily housing in places where zoning doesn't allow it, Mass. Municipal Association Executive Director Geoff Beckwith says the law renders communities powerless because "developers hold all the cards" and "they are never overruled by the state and essentially call all the shots."
Publication: Gatehouse Media New England/Walpole Times, Jul 21, 2015
Chelsea: Neighbors oppose plan for 60 apartments CHELSEA --- Having successfully transformed a former industrial site into a new neighborhood called the Box District, The Neighborhood Developers of Chelsea have run into stiff opposition over its plan to turn a former social club it has purchased into 60 units of affordable apartments. Reportedly, hundreds of residents in the neighborhood known as Mill Hill have signed a petition saying there is too much affordable housing in Chelsea already while others say more homeownership developments are needed.
Publication: Chelsea Record, Jul 18, 2015
Boston: Tax breaks sought for 'workforce' housing plan BOSTON --- The development near Boston Garden that garnered a lot of attention for its inclusion of work force and affordable housing has asked the Boston Redevelopment Authority for tax breaks n its plan to develop 239 apartments, a 220-room hotel, 10,000 square feet of retail space and a parking garage.
Publication: Boston Herald, Jul 17, 2015