Weekly Links

 Links from the web that we found relevant. They don't always represent our point of view, but they're interesting:

CityLab: America's Affordable Housing Shortage, Mapped
If you are among the 11-plus million American households classified as extremely low income, finding a place to live is a tall order, anywhere in the country. No state or large metro has enough units available. But the odds of landing one vary drastically—it’s much higher in Boston, for example, than in Las Vegas.

Chelsea Record: MAPC: If You Build It, Traffic Will Come: Parking Study Reveals That About 25 Percent of Spaces Go Unused in Residential Apartment Buildings
It took a little nighttime surveillance work and the poring over of a lot of data, but a new study from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) of five communities – including Everett and Chelsea – showed that nearly 25 percent of parking space in apartment buildings are not being used.

UnitedWay: Financial coaching changed the lives of these 4 families
The financial coaching model at our financial opportunity centers is empowering and improving the lives of real people in our community.

CityLab: America's Affordable Housing Shortage, Mapped
If you are among the 11-plus million American households classified as extremely low income, finding a place to live is a tall order, anywhere in the country.

RevereJournal: Arrigo Backs Study Calling for HR Department
Mayor Brian Arrigo campaigned on a promise to professionalize City Hall, starting with a human resources department. Monday night Mary Aicardi, of the Collins Center for Public Management, presented a study conducted for the purpose of reviewing the organization of human resources and policies in city government.

WBUR: Report: The Boston Area Is Middling When It Comes To 'Inclusive Growth'
Here around Boston we talk a good deal about how the region is doing fairly well economically — but not so well for everybody.

Banker & Tradesman: Bill To Expand Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit Filed
A new bill seeks to expand the Housing Credit by 50 percent and provide new incentives that would allow affordable housing developers to better serve the lowest income families with the greatest needs, including those who are homeless.

NLIHC: Study Shows Massive Shortage of Affordable and Available Housing for Lowest Income Households in America
The GAP: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, a new report released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), finds a shortage of 7.4 million affordable and available rental homes for extremely low income (ELI) renter households, those with incomes at or below 30% of their area median income or the poverty guideline.

MassLive: Ludlow official fears town is going to get 'steamrolled' by low-income housing plan
Town officials are scrambling to get legal advice now that HAPHousing Inc. has applied for a Chapter 40B comprehensive permit to build a low-income housing project in Ludlow.

Apartment Finance Today: Lowest-Income Renters Continue to Face Affordable Housing Shortage
Extremely low-income renter households in the United States continue to face severe housing burdens.

The Nonprofit Quarterly: Corporate Tax Rumors Blunt Affordable Housing Investment
Nobody likes tax season, but affordable housing developers have an extra reason to be anxious this year. After President Donald Trump promised to slash the corporate tax rate, investors are hesitant to buy affordable housing tax credits, leading to a serious dearth of cash for affordable housing developers.