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

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

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

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

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