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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.

Quincy: Public housing gets $1.7M from state to fix units QUINCY --- Five months after uncovering dozens of health and safety violations at Quincy Housing Authority apartments, state housing officials have announced they will fund more than $1.7 million worth of repairs to hundreds of public housing units.
Publication: The Patriot Ledger, Sep 22, 2014
Norwood: OKs 2 affordable projects, nears 10% NORWOOD --- The town has issued building permits to two affordable housing development proposals, thereby pushing it closer to having 10 percent of its housing considered affordable or the threshold that grants towns greater latitude if 1.5 percent of its land is being used for affordable housing.
Publication: Norwood Transcript and Bulletin, Sep 20, 2014
Somerville: Aldermen say city weakening housing bylaw SOMERVILLE --- Aldermen are charging the city's planning department with watering down a proposed affordable housing law that is designed to add affordable units. The city's planner has suggested a change that would absolve smaller property owners from the law if their rehab projects aren't adding or subtracting affordable units but aldermen say the new language will create loopholes that will hurt the city's attempt to add affordable units.
Publication: Somerville Journal, Sep 19, 2014
Worcester: Chamber pledges to help public housing residents WORCESTER --- In an effort to help residents move on from public housing, the Worcester Housing Authority (WHA) and the Chamber of Commerce have announced an initiative that would encourage the chamber's 2,500 members to hire public housing residents who are enrolled in the Better Life Program, a life and work skills program run by the WHA.
Publication: Worcester Telegram, Sep 18, 2014
Allston-Brighton: Student impact on neighborhoods discussed BOSTON --- The Allston-Brighton Community Development Corp. held a community meeting Saturday to discuss the growing impact of students in their neighborhoods. According to Valerie Frias, associate director at Allston-Brighton CDC, the percentage of housing in the area occupied by someone other than the owner rose from 68 to 75 percent over the last two years.
Publication: Boston Globe, Sep 15, 2014
Berlin: Groundbreaking held for two phases of complex BERLIN --- A groundbreaking was recently held for the third and fourth phases of the Riverbridge Village development. These two phases consist of a 105-room hotel and a 205-unit multifamily housing component. Of the 205 housing units, both condo and rental, 21 will be designated as affordable rental apartments.
Publication: The Telegram & Gazette, Sep 15, 2014
Newton: Some want one-year ban on residential tear-downs NEWTON --- A group of Newton alderman are pressing forward with a proposal to put a one-year ban on residential tear downs and many home additions that they feel are ruining the look of the city.
Publication: Boston Globe, Sep 11, 2014
Hanover: Will get 200K for trust instead of affordable units HANOVER --- The developer of a 130-unit condo complex off Rt. 53 would pay $200,000 to the town in lieu of constructing affordable units and to mitigate concerns over increased traffic along that highway.
Publication: Hanover Mariner, Sep 9, 2014
Boston: Instant nostalgia & neighborhood rebranding BOSTON --- Anthony Flint of the Lincoln Institute takes a look at development around Boston and how urban developers are taking a page from their suburban counterparts in naming their projects after the buildings and history they've just destroyed. He calls it "instant nostalgia."
Publication: City Lab, Sep 8, 2014
Easton: Developers say 40Bs will be revenue positive for town EASTON --- The developers of two large-scale Ch. 40B affordable housing proposals totaling 541 units say their projects will bring more revenue into the town than it they will cost in local services.
Publication: Easton Journal, Sep 5, 2014
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