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Rising Star - Sharon Fosbury

MACDC's Pam Bender surprises our very own Sharon Fosbury last night by hand delivering their 2017 Rising Star Award to her at the CET(Community Enhancement Team) meeting last night. It was incredible to watch Sharon in her element and community members co-lead with Sharon. The love in the room was palpable, as new members/TND tenants(thanks to Monica) are warmly welcomed by  CET members, as they rejoiced in Sharon's award, and as they share their reasons on why they love Chelsea. #LoveEverythingChelsea

You can see Sharon's reaction in the link below. Last night, this video post reached 183 people and as of this morning, 837 people saw this post on their Facebook news feed with 421 views of the actual video. This post also captured the attention one of Neighborworks America's  staff and she shared it as well. If you are on Facebook and want to show love to Sharon(who is not on FB), please hit the like or love button.

https://www.facebook.com/TNDinc/videos/10155506166492634/

 
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Happy International Women's Day

Happy International Women’s Day to all the wonderful folks who are doing their part in the world. To our unsung mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, mentors and more, thank you!  

We wanted to send a special shout out to some of the women who joined us for coffee at #525Beach. It was an exciting cultural exchange! It was really heartwarming to hear so much commonality from a diverse crowd. One of the most common beliefs is to “love and respect your neighbors”.  #LoveYourNeighbor #Community #Internationalswomensday #UnsungHeroes

-Vanny, CE Manager and Monica, RS Manager

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CityLab: HUD May Push New Work Requirements for Public Housing Residents
A draft budget document obtained by CityLab would also raise rents for millions of people who receive housing aid, including the country’s most vulnerable residents.

NationalSafetyCouncil: Celebrating Lost Loved Ones
We are losing far too many loved ones to the opioid epidemic. In 2016, we lost over 37,814 people; people we love and care about. While we cannot bring them back, we can honor them and continue to educate the public on the dangers of opioids.

MIT: 12-year Study Looks At Effects Of Universal Basic Income
$25 million will be given to participants, with no strings attached.

JCHS: Is Rent Growth Finally Slowing?
Rents rose faster than inflation in almost three-quarters of the nation's major housing markets, according to analyses done for our latest America's Rental Housing report.

FastCompany: This Nonprofit Offers Tax Help To Low-Income Parents In Pediatricians’ Waiting Rooms
StreetCred is all about bundling two necessary resources–healthcare and financial assistance–in one central place.

CityLab: Are We Worried Sick About the Rent?
New research finds that housing instability can affect the mental and physical health of family members of all ages.

ChelseaRecord: Major Recycler Cheering Plastic Bag Bans, Including Chelsea’s Potential One
One of the largest recycling plants in the nation, Casella Waste in Charlestown, is hailing the recent spate of plastic bag bans in the area, including the discussions happening right now in Chelsea about a potential ban.

What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities
This book is dedicated to the idea that all children are born with bright eyes and that the ultimate “outcome” is keeping their eyes bright for a lifetime.

 

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BostonGlobe: 34 affordable housing units going up in Chelsea
The Neighborhood Developers are constructing a four-story, 34-unit affordable apartment building on the site of the former French Naturalization Club at 242 Spencer Ave.

CityLab: Does America Have a Caste System?
Many Americans would be appalled to think that caste might exist in the supposedly meritocratic U.S. But is the country’s persistent, entrenched inequality really so different?

The Telegraph: Jeremy Corbyn announces Labour will buy every homeless person in the country a house
Labour will buy every homeless person in the UK a house if the party is elected, Jeremy Corbyn has announced.

HousingWire: Renters take over nearly 25% of major U.S. cities
Rentership growth outpacing homeownership in 97 of top 100 cities.

Brookings: THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION: A demographic bridge to America’s diverse future
The millennial generation, over 75 million strong is America’s largest—eclipsing the current size of the postwar baby boom generation

538: Fewer Crimes Get Counted When Police Are Slow To Respond
A 911 call was made at 11:09 p.m. on October 15, 2015, to report a battery incident involving a relatively minor use of force.

Forbes: The Cities Where African-Americans Are Doing The Best Economically 2018
The 2007 housing crisis was particularly tough on African-Americans, as well as Hispanics, extinguishing much of their already miniscule wealth. Industrial layoffs, particularly in the Midwest, made things worse.

JCHS: What Would it Take to Overcome Exclusionary Barriers, and Promote More Affordable Options in All Neighborhoods?
What would it take to make new neighborhoods, and remake old ones, so that large, complex, metropolitan areas moved decisively toward racial and economic integration?

BUToday: Leaders of US Cities Worried about Lack of Affordable Housing
If you want to get mayors of US cities talking, says BU political scientist David Glick, ask them about affordable housing.

ChicagoTribune: Caught in a 'Dream'
We asked 41 'Dreamers' about their homes, their birthplaces and DACA. Here's what they said.

Boston Magazine: Boston Appeared on Zillow’s List of Cities with Housing Markets at “Crisis Levels”
Surprisingly, plenty of other places are worse off than us.

CityLab: How Student Loans Are Killing Homeownership
It’s really not the avocado toast: Ballooning college debt is keeping Millennials from buying more houses.

BostonBusinessJournal: U.S. Conference of Mayors taps Walsh to lead housing committee
The U.S. Conference of Mayors has tapped Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh as chair of the council’s committee on housing.

ChelseaRecord: Momentum for Plastic Bag Ban Grows, Not Everyone on Board
A major first jab at banning plastic shopping bags took place at City Hall on Tuesday night, Jan. 23, and many believe that momentum is gathering for the ban.

RevereJournal: Sen Boncore Appointed Chair of Transportation
With a major international airport, highway, toll plaza and the MBTA Blue Line in his district it made sense for Senate President Harriette Chandler to appoint Sen.

EverettIndependent: Mayor, Council Look to Study Bringing in Linkage Fees
Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the City Council are bringing back an idea with a long history in the annals of Everett City government – that being Linkage Fees charged to commercial developers.

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WashingtonPost: New survey of mayors shows most are concerned about lack of affordable housing
Many of the nation’s mayors are concerned about the price of housing and the ability of residents to afford living in their cities, according to a survey of more than 100 mayors from across the country.

BostonGlobe: Walsh aims to rein in short-term rental market
In a bid to ease Boston’s persistent housing shortage, Mayor Martin J. Walsh is seeking to rein in Airbnb and other online services that have turned thousands of apartments and condos into de facto hotel rooms.

WGBH: Medicaid Work Requirements Perpetuate A 'Vicious Cycle' Of Poverty
It’s the faces that get to me. The resigned faces of the women lined up waiting to be served at the Pine Street Inn.

Bloomberg: How Helsinki uses a board game to promote public participation
When mayors talk about “citizen engagement,” two things usually seem clear: It’s a good thing and we need more of it.

CityLab: The Psychology of Boston's Snow Parking Wars
In Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia, an informal code allows residents to claim a parking space after shoveling it out. But the practice is often at odds both with the law and with the mores of changing neighborhoods.

VOX: The real victims of government shutdowns are poor kids, military vets, and low-paid workers
The third day of the federal shutdown has already started disrupting the lives of Americans all across the country.

JCHS: Really?! Ten Surprising Findings from the America's Rental Housing Report
Following the release of our America's Rental Housing report last month, one of the most common questions has been: "Which findings are new or surprising to you?"

WickedLocal: LETTER: More affordable housing projects like Frost Terrace needed
A Better Cambridge congratulates the entire Cambridge community for the unanimous zoning board approval of the Frost Terrace housing development at 1791 Massachusetts Ave. in Porter Square.

CNBC: Nearly half of young millennials get thousands in secret support from their parents
Forget buying a home — even renting a room is out of reach to many young people, especially in big cities. Wages have stagnated but rents haven't, meaning workers just out of college are in a bind: To live where the jobs are, they need help.

HealthDay: Can't Pay the Rent? Kids' Health May Suffer
Millions of American families struggle to find and keep stable housing -- and the fight to do so may end up harming kids' health.

Bloomberg: What Works Cities
In cities across the United States, mayors lack the tools to use data and evidence to improve how governing gets done.

CityLab: Immigration Raids, Coming to a Store Near You
Immigration officials said purpose of their raids on 7-Elevens was to target employers. The evidence suggests otherwise.

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BostonGlobe: Zoning reform offers a path to economic equality and social integration
ZONING REFORM: SNORE. It’s not an issue that gets people “chanting and singing on the Boston Common,” as one of its supporters put it.

CityLab: The Great Crime Decline and the Comeback of Cities
Patrick Sharkey, author of Uneasy Peace, talks to CityLab about how the drop in crime has transformed American cities.

BostonGlobe: New MassHousing chief is right choice to tackle area’s inequities
Kudos to Governor Charlie Baker and MassHousing for choosing Chrystal Kornegay to lead the agency and take a fresh and critical look at Boston’s housing crisis (“Breaking tradition,” Metro, Jan. 10).

MACDC: Ten Priorities That Will Keep Macdc Busy In 2018
Now that we have celebrated the holiday season and endured the Bombogenesis storm, it is time to get serious about the business of 2018.

TheNewYorker: When Deportation Is a Death Sentence
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the U.S. may face violence and murder in their home countries. What happens when they are forced to return?

NewYorkTimes: What ‘Dreamers’ Say About the Great Immigration Debate
With jitters and with prayers, with countdown clocks in their heads and their immigration lawyers on speed-dial, hundreds of thousands of young immigrants have spent all fall and winter…

ChelseaRecord: Sen Elizabeth Warren Urges Congress to Restore Funding to Community Health Centers like EBNHC
An an Op-Ed that appeared in State News on Monday, Dec. 18, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren called House Republicans onto the carpet for halting federal funding…

EverettIndependent: Urban Renewal Plan Being Pitched for Everett Square, Commercial Triangle
Urban Renewal has a very negative association based on the sins of the distant past, but planners in Everett hope to show that just such an urban renewal plan could be a great tool…

MasLive: Local officials: How ending Community Development Block Grant Program could impact Massachusetts cities and towns
With Congress facing a Jan. 19 deadline to pass a spending bill and avoid a government shutdown, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, joined local officials from across the state…

Curbed: Here’s how HUD’s new housing voucher rule affects recipients
Data from NYU shows that in most of the 24 metro areas impacted, voucher recipients would have more and better options

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CityLab: Is the Rental Housing Explosion Over?
For the first time since 2005, growth in new rental housing slowed down. Are there really enough apartments to meet demand?

WBUR: Boston-Area Rent Hikes Moderate, But Affordability Challenges Persist
Rent increases moderated in the Boston metro area this year, but affordability challenges for renters persist here and elsewhere, a national report shows.

Chelsea Record: Chelsea Hill Walking Group Formed Out of Community Spirit
What started as a summer get-together for neighbors near the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home neighborhood has turned into an effort that has logged many miles this fall within their community.

RevereJournal: Arrigo and Mayors Coalition Look to Increase Housing Stock
Leaders from 14 cities and towns, including Revere, in the Greater Boston area have banded together to form the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition of Greater Boston to address housing stock, accessibility and affordability

Stong Towns: 5 Low Cost Ideas To Make Your City Wealthier
Today I'm flying home from my last trip of the year. Last night I spoke in Panama City, Florida to a large and enthusiastic group of people in a community struggling with some large development proposals. Their core frustration is a common one.

TheCrimeReport: You’re Safer in a ‘Sanctuary City,’ says New Study
In a rebuttal to government claims that “sanctuary” cities are breeding grounds for crime driven by undocumented immigrants, a new study says that residents of areas where authorities limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities are safer from violent death.

JCHS: America's Rental Housing 2017
A decade of unprecedented growth in the rental housing market may be coming to an end, according to our 2017 America’s Rental Housing report.

Everett Independent: Everett Wins Grant for Pilot Bus Rapid Transit Features in 2018
Everett has taken the initiative to be on the cutting edge of transforming its public transportation system, according to one influential Boston foundation…

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NPR: How The House Tax Overhaul Bill Could Hurt Affordable Housing
With lawmakers in the House and Senate announcing that they've reached a deal, affordable housing advocates are anxiously waiting to see which version of the bill wins out with regard to housing.

CityLab: Economic Inequality and Health Inequality Are Inextricably Linked
It’s lack of economic opportunity that is dooming more Americans to “diseases of despair.”

Fast Company: America’s Affordable Housing Crisis Is Driving Its Homelessness Crisis
There’s a clear link between a lack of places to live and the number of people sleeping out of doors at night.

Urban.org: Debt in America: An Interactive Map
Debt in America: An Interactive Map

Housing Wire: HUD Secretary Carson launches centers to drive households to self-efficiency
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced a new initiative to help HUD-assisted families achieve self-efficiency.

WBUR: Gov. Baker Outlines Plan For 135,000 New Housing Units By 2025
Aiming for the construction of 135,000 new housing units by 2025, the Baker administration on Monday heralded $10 million in incentives to encourage cities and towns to promote development within their borders.

BostonGlobe: Boston Medical Center Has a New Prescription for its Most Vulnerable Patients: Housing
Boston Medical Center is embarking on a significant new initiative to tackle one of its patients' most daunting problems: a lack of stable housing.

CityLab: Homelessness in High-Cost U.S. Cities Is Driving a Nationwide Increase
Many Obama-era policies are keeping numbers low in smaller cities. But the new data comes in the wake of a GOP budget that does little to bolster affordable housing.

MaldenPatch:  Multi-Family Dwellings In Malden: Zoning Change Discussed Next Wk
The Malden Planning Board and Malden City Council Ordinance Committee will meet next week to discuss eight different zoning changes.

JCHS: Fostering Inclusion: Whose Problem? Which Problem?
Asking "what would it take"—about housing segregation or any other challenge— assumes, on some level, that we have adequate agreement that some condition or pattern is, in fact, a problem.

PBS: CEO pay down — to ‘only’ 271 times that of the typical worker
The CEOs of the top 350 U.S. firms made an average of $15.6 million in 2016. That’s according to a new report, released recently by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute that looks at total CEO compensation: salary, stock grants, bonuses and long-term incentive payouts.

NextCity: D.C. Mayor Has a Plan to Save 4,000 Affordable Housing Units
Affordable housing developers could be dealt a debilitating blow by the new federal tax bill, depending on how the House and Senate versions are reconciled before heading to President Trump’s desk.

 

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MarketPlace: Investors make a bet to lift Boston-area neighborhood out of poverty
How do you raise the standard of living in the poorest neighborhoods in the country?

CityLab: How Congress's Tax Plans Could Kill a Million Affordable Homes in a Decade
The final tax bill that goes to the White House could have very little effect on housing affordability—or it could gut mechanisms for encouraging it.

Bostonomix: 14 Boston-Area Municipal Leaders Pledge To Increase Housing Production
In a new effort to try to ease the Boston area's high housing costs, 14 municipal leaders are pledging to work together to increase the pace of housing construction throughout the region.

TheAtlantic: The Never-Ending Foreclosure
How can the country survive the next economic crash if millions of families still haven't recovered from the last one?

Curbed: First-time homebuying 101: Tips for buying your first home
All the expert advice and tips you need to prepare for buying your first home.

CityLab: What the Republican Tax Bill Means for Commuters, Renters, and Retirees
The most serious effects of the House and Senate proposals would unfold over years for urban citizens.

Bloomberg: House Tax Bill Threatens to Make Housing Even Less Affordable for Poor
Even before Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain on Houston, damaging hundreds of thousands of homes and apartments, affordable housing was already scarce. Because of rising rents, more than 200,000 low-income residents were spending over half their earnings on someplace to live.

UrbanWire: Housing and Housing Finance
America isn’t in a housing bubble, but some cities might be

NewYorkTime: The Great American Single-Family Home Problem
Building more housing, more densely, could help address a widespread economic challenge. A fight over one lot in Berkeley, Calif., shows how tough that could be.

Chelsea Record: ZBA Approves Eleanor Street Apartment Building
The Chelsea Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved a new apartment building project at 25 Eleanor St. on what is currently an industrial building with parking lot.

Jwtintelligence: Can Silicon Valley design the tech-optimized city of the future?
From smart clothing to smart buildings, the latest iteration of technology infiltrating the everyday is smart cities. Tech companies are hoping to become the next urban planner, with two projects announced this year from Google and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

MotherJones: The Republican Tax Bill Would Gut Affordable Housing in America
Nearly a million rental units could be lost in the next decade.

HowHousingMatters: Why Educators, Health Professionals, and Others Focused on Economic Mobility Should Care about Housing
Cities striving to improve residents’ lives often focus on such issues as schools, parks, jobs, or health. Often overlooked is something equally fundamental.

LAWeekly: What Happens When Wall Street Is Your Landlord?
On the afternoon of Sept. 2, Robert Allen returned home from work earlier than usual to discover a guy posting a piece of paper to his front door. The uninvited guest said he worked for the landlord.

BostonGlobe: There’s barely any housing being built in the suburbs
Greater Boston is adding housing at a rapid clip, but really just in Boston and a handful of close-in cities. Most suburban towns aren’t building much at all.

 

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CNBC: No full-time minimum-wage worker can afford a 2-bedroom apartment in any US state
The absolute least that an employer is legally allowed to pay an employee for an hour's work varies across the country, but one fact remains constant: In no state does working 40 hours a week for minimum wage enable a person to rent a median two-bedroom apartment.

Chelsea Record: French Club Comes Down to Make Way for Affordable Housing
After hundreds of athletic banquets, wedding receptions and a whose who list of Chelsea political functions, that history all came tumbling down last Friday when the French Naturalization Club on Spencer Avenue was demolished for affordable housing.

WBUR: Bostonians, Today's The Deadline To Register To Vote In Next Month's Election
Wednesday is the last day Boston residents can register if they want to vote in the city's municipal election on Nov. 7.

CityLab: Experimental City: The Sci-Fi Utopia That Never Was
With solar energy, recycling, computers, and personal mass transit, the 1960s-era Minnesota Experimental City was a prescient and hopeful vision of the urban future. A new documentary tells its story.

Co.Design: Alphabet Inc. Plans A Beta City
Can Alphabet and Sidewalk Labs produce great urban design? Toronto is about to find out.

Chelsea Record: Economic Independence: Chelsea Among Four Housing Authorities to Receive $389,000 in Planning Grants
Lieutenant Gov. Karyn Polito announced a total of $389,000 in planning and predevelopment grants for Housing Authorities in Chelsea, Gloucester, New Bedford and Taunton to pursue implementation of Worcester Housing Authority-pioneered ‘A Better Life’ programming.

WGBH: Senate Promotes Justice Reform; Prepares For Clash With The House
The state House and Senate are headed toward a showdown over how to overhaul the criminal justice system.

CityLab: America Can't Fix Poverty Until It Stops Hating Poor People
A bipartisan plea to stop “othering” those living on the economic margins.

Banker&Tradesman: MassHousing Seizes Opportunity In Low-Interest-Rate Environment
Over the past two years, Massachusetts has preserved more affordable housing units than ever before.

Sampan: Mayor Walsh joins community members to celebrate preservation of 52 units of affordable housing in Fenway
Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined representatives from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Fenway Community Development Corporation (CDC)…

ChelseaRecord: Chelsea’s Commitment to Industrial Areas Spurs Major Purchases
Residential is king in today’s development world, with developers vying for land to build luxury apartments where previously no one would have even parked their car.

EverettIndependent: Major Property Owner in Village Area Sees Transformation
When Gerry Berberian started buying forgotten industrial land in Everett’s Village area on Air Force Road, not in the furthest reaches of his mind did he ever consider the area could become as popular

 

 

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CollegeHumor: The Disturbing History of the Suburbs
Redlining: the racist housing policy from the Jim Crow era that still affects us today.

ChelseaRecord: Improvements:City Awarded $1m Byrne Grant to Help Community Safety on Broadway
The City of Chelsea is pleased to announce that it was awarded a $1 million grant from the US Department of Justice to support community safety improvements.

PolicyLink: In Boston, Momentum Grows for Renters’ Rights
José Velasquez has lived in Boston for the past 28 years. In April 2006, he and his family moved into a 14-unit apartment building on Meridian Street in East Boston.

WNYC: History of Zoning
The first zoning laws were created in New York City 101 years ago.

CommonWealth: Are homes only for the upper-class?
Homeownership has traditionally been a marker of middle-class life, and a tool for vaulting families solidly into the middle class. Sustainable homeownership builds family wealth, and helps stabilize neighborhoods

Metro: Walsh launches efforts to end youth homelessness in Boston
Mayor Marty Walsh announced that Boston is creating an action plan to prevent and end youth homelessness.

Mass Development: MassDevelopment Announces Opening of Second Round of Transformative Development Districts
Through the Transformative Development Initiative, a place-based development program for Gateway Cities, MassDevelopment is soliciting nominations from Gateway City officials and their partners seeking to spur sustained economic development for designated districts in their cities.

Boston Globe: City Offers incentives to encourage landlords to accept homeless tenants
City officials are asking landlords to consider renting apartments to homeless individuals and families, and they’re offering some incentives – or at least a safety net – to those who participate.

Everett Independent: GE Site RiverWalk Work to be Featured in Everett Greenway Meeting
For such a long time, when it came to the GE site on Air Force Road, Everett residents and officials were accustomed to seeing plans on paper that were years away – and perhaps not even possible.

Curbed: East Boston’s major new developments, mapped
East Boston is one of the busiest areas in the Boston region in terms of new development.

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Boston Globe: One Bedroom. No Parking. One Million Dollars.
It seems like just yesterday that the million-dollar home was a mansion. Today, it no longer guarantees parking, outdoor space, or a second bedroom…

CityLab: The NIMBY Fight That Rocked an Iowa City
An uproar over an affordable housing complex in Cedar Rapids gives insight into the NIMBY debates of small-city America.

Federal Reserve: How Do Summer Youth Employment Programs Improve Criminal Justice Outcomes, and for Whom?
Summer youth employment programs (SYEPs) are believed to have the potential to improve the behavioral, economic, and academic outcomes of the populations they serve, particularly for inner-city, low-income, and non-white youth.

Boston Globe: $8.5m Loan Fund to Help Nonprofit Developers Buy Affordable-housing Sites
Loan funds will be set aside to help nonprofit builds better compete…

Boston Globe: Homeowners Could Help Ease City’s Rental Crunch
Two new city programs are aimed at helping the city make headway in efforts to create more affordable housing.

Chelsea Record: Chelsea Receives RWJF Culture of Health Prize for Efforts to Improve Health and Well-Being
Chelsea is one of eight winners of the 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Boston Globe: Council Could Vote to Give Tenants Protections Against Evictions
The City Council is poised Wednesday to adopt regulations that could make it harder for landlords to evict tenants without just cause…

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City Lab: Income Inequality Is Making Rent Even Less Affordable
When inequality goes up, so, too, does the rent burden—especially for the lowest income residents.

Next City: Trump’s Dept. of Transportation Nixes “Hire Local” Jobs Idea
President Donald Trump wants to build highways through black communities, but he doesn’t want to hire from them.

NPR: What Does It Take To See Gentrification Before It Happens?
Gentrification of neighborhoods can wreak havoc for those most vulnerable to change.

Boston Real Estate Times: Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.2 Million for Inaugural Community Scale Housing Initiative
BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded the inaugural $2.2 million round of Community Scale Housing Initiative awards, advancing the development and construction of 36 new affordable rental housing units in Arlington, Norwell, and West Tisbury.

Washington Post: Is living in poverty really a ‘mind-set’?
Why is it so hard for Americans who live in poverty to climb out?

Fast Company: Cities Are Guaranteeing Tenants Access To A Lawyer To Help Them Fight Eviction
In eviction cases, 90% of landlords have a lawyer, and 90% of tenants do not. To fight gentrification and displacement, cities are trying to correct that imbalance.

MACDC: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Join the Community Development Partnership for an evening to celebrate the Community Development Partnership - 25 years creating opportunities for people to live, work, & thrive on the Lower Cape.

Forbes: Is America's Housing Too Durable?
Housing in America typically lasts a long time. In 2015, 13% of all housing units were built prior to 1940 and 56% were built prior to 1980—compared to 40% in Japan—according to American Community Survey data.

Chelsea Record: New Outdoor Sidewalk Seating Pioneered with Ciao Market
Outdoor, sidewalk seating in Chelsea was something few ever considered until the owners of Ciao! Pizza and Pasta put together a proposal to have some tables and chairs on the sidewalk in front of their newest venture, Ciao Market, on Broadway.

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New York Magazine: Is Anybody Home at HUD?
A long-harbored conservative dream — the “dismantling of the administrative state” — is taking place under Secretary Ben Carson

Chelsea Record: Election Ballot Firming Up, Frank Bows Out in Mill Hill
As the City Election ballot is getting confirmed this week, with Nomination Papers having come due on Tuesday, District 3 Councillor Matt Frank announced that he would not run for re-election.

CityLab: Severe Housing Needs May Return to Foreclosure-Crisis Levels
Despite the buoyant economy, the number of hardest-hit households is close to record levels of the foreclosure crisis in 2011.

Boston.com: Massachusetts’ economic boom puts pressure on housing costs
Massachusetts’ booming economy is bringing with it a downside for those looking to rent an apartment or buy a home in the state: soaring housing costs, particularly in the greater Boston area.

Revere Journal: Council Approves Easements for Safe Routes by Garfield School
Monday night, the city council approved numerous easements as part of the Safe Routes to School construction project around the Garfield School.

City Lab: Violent Crime's Toll on Economic Mobility
A new study shows just how much growing up in a violent neighborhood can harm an individual’s economic prospects later in life.

FastCompany: Can Connecting Rent To Income, Not Market Rates, Change The Affordability Of Cities?
Community land trusts–now getting a boost from state funds in New York–have the opportunity to increase affordability in expensive cities and promote development in struggling markets.

Everett Independent: Mayor’s Capital Improvements Plan is Directly Benefitting the Students of Everett
The Keverian School in Everett is undergoing a series of exciting and essential upgrades this summer, thanks to Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s expansive Capital Improvement Plan.

WBUR: City Reports Show Downtown Housing Is Booming, While Outer Neighborhoods See Gradual Growth
Boston is exceeding its housing goals, bolstered by new concentrations of affordable middle-income stock in some of its least affordable neighborhoods, according to two recent city reviews.

Wicked Local: Celebration held for affordable housing funding
State rep. Mike Connolly recently joined rep. Kevin Honan and other state and local leaders to celebrate the announcement of $72 million in housing subsidy and capital funds and $28 million in low-income housing tax credits that will help create or preserve around 1,698 affordable housing units in 25 projects across Massachusetts.

MassLive: Massachusetts affordable housing projects get $72 million: What's coming to your town?
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced $72 million in direct funding and $28 million in state and federal tax credits for 25 affordable housing projects around the state including in Chicopee, Holyoke and Springfield.

 

 

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WBUR: Mayor Walsh Touts Success Developing Affordable Housing Units
The city of Boston says it's succeeding in its goal to build more housing as the city grows and people become priced out.

Next City: 6 Ways Affordable Housing Developers Are Fighting NIMBYism
NIMBYism, it seems, never goes out of style. Despite an acute affordable housing crisis in many U.S. cities, getting new homes built for low-income people remains a giant challenge.

Governing: How a Cashless Society Would Harm the Poor
Businesses and governments are going cashless. Anti-poverty advocates say the change is problematic for low-income people, but they disagree on how to solve it.

Everett Independent: Zoning Board Not Buying the ‘No Car’ Concept on Ferry Street
The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) remained rather skeptical of a proposal by Andrew Philbin to convert a 20-room lodging house into a brand new apartment building with 20 micro units, but only two parking spots – something that is becoming more and more common as developers lean on the trend of the car-less household.

City Lab: How Cities Are Making the Global Housing Crisis Worse
Nearly 900 million people around the world live in slums, lacking access to adequate water and sanitation or adequate housing.

New York Times: The Cost of a Hot Economy in California: A Severe Housing Crisis
A full-fledged housing crisis has gripped California, marked by a severe lack of affordable homes and apartments for middle-class families.

Streets Blog: Study After Study Finds Latinos Have a Strong Affinity for Social Biking
Most people find it pleasant to bike with people they know. But there’s growing evidence that Latino Americans are particularly interested in social biking.

NPR: Tech Workers Brace For Seattle's Plan to 'Tax The Rich'
Kate and John Walter see themselves as victims of a housing crisis spawned by Seattle's technology boom — but they disagree whether high tech workers like them also should be the solution.

 

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Boston Globe: In Chelsea, coalition aims to save lives on verge of unraveling
The Chelsea Hub brings together representatives from more than 20 different public and private organizations. It follows a model developed in ...

Chelsea Record: City Will File Another Lawsuit if ‘Sanctuary City’ Legislation Becomes Law
The United States House of Representatives passed an immigration bill in June that includes harsh penalties for self-declared Sanctuary Cities like Chelsea…

Housing Perspectives: Are Home Prices Really Above Their Pre-Recession Peak?
In 2016, national home prices not only rose for the fifth year in a row, they finally surpassed their pre-recession peak in nominal dollars, according to most national measures of home prices.

Co.Design: The Movement To Make Everyone Friendlier–With Urban Design
One woman is on a mission to transform every public bench into a mini community hub

Revere Journal: City Mourns Sudden Death of Bob Haas:Colleagues, Friends Recall Haas Committed to Family and City
City council president and former four-term Mayor Robert Haas Jr. passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, July 2 at a Block Island, Rhode Island vacation spot.

New York Times: Building Boom in Boston Casts Shadows on History and Public Space
Children splashed in a shallow pool in Boston Common as a guide in a tricorner hat led a tour last week, pointing out Revolutionary War sites.

City Lab: An Open Data Hub That Builds Better Citizens
More than 100 American cities host online open data portals brimming with information on crime, housing, transit, traffic, and neighborhood boundaries.

WBUR: Plan Provides Road Map For What Boston Should Look Like In 2030
The city of Boston has released its first citywide development plan in over 50 years.

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CityLab: Minimum Wage Movement, Meet the Healthcare Debate
With the GOP’s massive restructuring to Medicaid awaiting a vote, low-wage workers need special attention.

Revere Journal: Revere Residents Respond with Outpouring of Help for Fire Victims
McKenna gave thanks to numerous individuals and organizations including the firefighters, the Firefighter Wives group, public works and police department. She noted the assistance from The Neighborhood Developers…

FastCompany: This Is The State Of Small Business Failure In the U.S.
The reasons that companies fail are as varied as the startups themselves, but this analysis of public records and trends reveals several factors.

Everett Independent: Council Declines to Act in Tenant- Landlord Dispute
A tenant and landlord dispute between a property owner on Mystic Street and the business operating at that location, which has ended up in court, nearly spilled over into the City Council Monday night after Councilor John Hanlon asked his colleagues to revoke the business license on a technicality.

Chelsea Record: Time to Stop Playing Nice with MassPort, FAA, Residents Say
As around 40 residents assembled at the Williams School Monday night on a beautiful summer evening, their greetings to one another and their conversations had to be

CityLab: Why Is the Alt-Right So Angry About Architecture?
Conservatives have long opposed Modernism, but in the video age, avant-garde buildings can become potent symbols in the hands of groups like Infowars and the NRA.

New York Times: Program to Spur Low-Income Housing Is Keeping Cities Segregated
A mural on the wall of an elementary school here proclaimed, “All the world is all of us,” but the hundreds of people packing the auditorium one night were determined to stop a low-income housing project from coming to their upscale neighborhood.

CO.Design: This AI Can Predict How Rich Your Neighborhood Is From Space
The patterns we use to organize ourselves in cities are visible to machines–and in a way that can predict the quality of our lives.

Washington Post: Wealthy D.C. residents blame wealthy D.C. residents for city’s spiking housing costs, poll finds
A surprising constituency agrees with critics of Washington’s gentrification that wealthy newcomers are driving housing prices through the roof: wealthy newcomers.

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Chelsea Record: Cortell,Avellaneda ask for Airplane Noise Study
There have been fewer frustrating situations lately than the increase in the number, proximity and volume of airplanes coming and going from Logan Airport during the past few months as a project to…

Co.Design: Designing For Social Justice: 4 Lessons From Chicago Architects
Timothy Swanson, leader of CannonDesign’s Chicago practice, thinks architecture can help inequality in the city–but only if it’s part of a broader strategy.

Revere Journal: Councillors Looking to Solve Trash Issues
Motions by Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe about Harry Della Russo stadium got some interest. Keefe put in two motions to bolster patrols for the stadium in the summer time and combat trash.

Everett Independent: Greenway: Envisioning the Malden River of the Future
Once an industrial district, recent local leadership and Brownfield redevelopments are creating momentum to transform the river completely.

JCHS: Our Disappearing Supply of Low-Cost Rental Housing
It’s not an illusion: low-cost rental housing in the US is disappearing. And our 2017 State of the Nation’s Housing report has the numbers to prove it.

Chelsea Record: Council Approves Taking of former Salvation Army Store
The Chelsea City Council logged two votes to authorize taking and the payment for an eminent domain action on the former Salvation Army Store on Broadway – an aggressive move that City Manager Tom Ambrosino has touted for several months.

City Lab: Immigrants Boost Wages for Everyone
Contrary to the popular narrative, cities and workplaces with a diverse group of immigrants see higher wages—even for native-born Americans across income levels.

The Hill: Justice Department developing strategies to shut down ‘sanctuary cities’: report
President Trump’s Justice Department is exploring new ways to take down so-called “sanctuary cities” via legal methods, according to a new report.

Chelsea Record: Council Votes to Approve Acquisition of Spencer Triangle
The City Council approved a $90,000 expenditure to buy the triangle piece of land on the Spencer Avenue Extension that has served for parking over the years, but actually was never owned by the City.

Forbes: New Report Marks The Beginning Of The End For 'Fight For $15'
Today, the reason for the Mayor's actions is clearer: A devastating new entry in the University of Washington inquiry details the harm that Seattle's higher minimum wage has caused to the employees it's meant to help.

New York Times: Bloomberg’s Next Anti-Washington Move: $200 Million Program for Mayors
Michael R. Bloomberg will throw his financial might into helping beleaguered American mayors, creating a $200 million philanthropic program aimed at backing inventive policies at the city level and giving mayors a stronger hand in national politics.

 

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CityLab: For Renters, the Housing Crisis Never Ended
Harvard’s State of the Nation’s Housing report reveals exactly where, and why, the rent is too damn high.
- JCHS of Harvard: THE STATE OF THE NATION’S HOUSING 2017

DorchesterReporter: Neighborhood Homes Initiative settling in
Moving into the grey and white house marked a new stage in the life of 24-year-old Renee Omolade. She had closed on the home on April 24, four days before her son was born, and a month later she stood on the porch in the bright sunshine holding him as city leaders and media milled around outside.

Boston Globe: In Everett an immigrant with plans to shake up city politics
Politics in Everett have long been the domain of white men, even as the demographics of the city have changed dramatically.

Washington Post: Poverty really is the result of a state of mind — among rich people
Recently, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said that poverty is a state of mind, and having the right mind-set will let people escape poverty. He was both right and wrong. There is a poverty mind-set we should discuss, but it’s not the one Carson lamented.

ChelseaRecord: ZBA Approves Winnisimmet Lounge by Ciao
The Chelsea Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved a special permit and variances that pave the way for the newest culinary advancement in the City – with the owners of Ciao Pizza and Pastas moving forward to open a small plate lounge that will serve alcohol and gourmet foods.

RevereJournal: Taft Street Fire Leaves 18 Homeless:Early Morning Fire Destroys Two Homes; Neighboring Structures Sustain Damage
A four-alarm fire broke out on Taft Street Tuesday morning around 4:15 a.m. in the same neighborhood hit by a tornado in 2014 leaving 18 people homeless.

RevereJournal: Fall Election Looks to be More Active than in Previous Years
So far it looks like election races are heating up for councillors in Revere and for the School Committee as well.