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The Transitional Shelter Assistance Program: Waning Aid for Puerto Rican Evacuees

Although nearly six months have passed since Hurricane Maria made landfall, Puerto Rico still requires extensive aid. The storm, which caused approximately $37 billion in housing damages, has left more than 400,000 people still without electricity and many living in unsafe or unsanitary conditions. Individuals and families that have been displaced from their homes …

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Maloney Properties: Sustaining the IBA Community

The IBA community is strong, but it has not thrived for the last 50 years all by itself. As a continuation of our focus on affordable housing, we interviewed María Laboy, the Senior Property Manager from Maloney Properties, to learn more about all the work they do for Villa Victoria …

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Stabilizing the Housing Market: Recent Initiatives Focused on Increasing Availability and Reducing Displacement

The burden of rising living costs and a competitive housing market are pervasively shaping the constitution of our communities. According to a recent survey that polled 115 mayors across 39 states, 51 percent of respondents indicated that a lack of affordable housing is the top reason why residents move out …

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Looking Ahead: What’s to Come for Affordable Housing in 2018

The beginning of each new year offers an opportunity to reevaluate what’s needed and important in our communities. Throughout Greater Boston, preserving affordability has remained a crucial issue, as living costs and property values continue to skyrocket and burden low-income residents. As we embark on 2018, here are some of …

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More Housing for Massachusetts: The Housing Choice Initiative

To address ever-increasing housing costs across the Commonwealth and skyrocketing Boston rents, the Baker-Polito administration recently announced its outline of the Housing Choice Initiative. The comprehensive plan is designed to empower cities and towns to create more housing through more than $10 million in incentives, grant funding and technical assistance …

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The Potential Impact of Tax Reform on Affordable Housing

In recent weeks, the pendulum swing of the proposed GOP tax reform bill has bolstered uncertainty about the future state of our economy and how money will flow between municipalities, corporations, public and private institutions, and individuals across income levels. This monumental proposal comes at a pivotal time, as we …

Nearly 50 years ago, the rallying-cry “we will not be moved from Parcel 19" rang throughout the South End.
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Let’s Build It: The Launch of Our Year-Long 50th Anniversary Celebration

In 1968, the city’s urban renewal plans for the South End threatened to displace the neighborhood’s hard-working Puerto Rican community and, with it, drastically diminish economic and cultural diversity. Advocating on behalf of their neighbors and families, a group of Puerto Rican activists founded IBA to preserve affordability and the …

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The City of Boston’s Innovative Approach to Affordable Housing

Access to affordable housing remains one of the foremost challenges for Greater Boston residents. According to a recent poll conducted by WBUR, 76 percent of participants indicated that they were “very dissatisfied or somewhat dissatisfied” with the high cost of housing stemming from Boston’s low vacancy rates, high-demand rental stock …

FAR ROCKAWAY, NY - NOVEMBER 4: Destroyed beach house in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on November 4, 2012 in Far Rockaway, NY
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Disproportionate Devastation: The Impact of Natural Disasters on Low-income Communities

Within a period of two weeks, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma swept through the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Texas and the Southeast, causing mass displacement, billions of dollars in damages, environmental contamination, the unfortunate loss of many lives and concern throughout our community, as many residents worried about the safety of their …

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New Program Gives Low-Income Families Access to Cultural Institutions

On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) introduced a program that will provide low-income residents with free or reduced admission to more than 100 venues in the state. Card to Culture provides the discounts to anyone with an Electronic Benefits Transfer Card, which currently includes 758,000 residents. The program is …