Local officials advocate for affordable housing

On October 18, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Representative Denise Provost and Alderman Bob Mcwatters testified on October 17, 2017 before a joint Committee on Housing before Chairman Honan and Boncore on house bill 3017, an act to preserve affordable housing through a local option tenants right to purchase.


5 Responses to “Local officials advocate for affordable housing”

  1. Housing Advocate says:

    Why did Matt McLaughlin and Mark Niedergang not show up to testify? Something as important as this bill and those two were MIA. If you’re going to talk the talk, you better walk the walk.

  2. Ward 1 Resident says:

    What, like Curtatone walks the walk on affordable housing in Somerville?

  3. Brian says:

    At least Curtatone shows up for work.

  4. Housing Advocate says:

    I would absolutely say Cutatone is walking the walk. Considering Somerville raised their inclusionary housing requirement to 20% (highest in the state along with Cambridge) under Mayor Curtatone’s leadership. The affordability crisis we are facing is not exclusive to Somerville, it’s a regional issue that needs to be addressed across the state and in each town. Somerville cannot solve the problem alone, no matter what percentage we raise the inclusionary zoning ordinance to.

    The housing crisis is a byproduct of Boston’s highly educated population, strong economy and limited land. Until those three things sway in a different direction, housing will always be expensive in and around Boston proper.

  5. Villenous says:

    I’m all for this. Only affects rental properties. More people owning the places would be a good thing.

    As for the cost of housing, I’m always confused why people think city government has much to do with it. You don’t have to go through City Hall when you buy or rent. Somerville’s an awesome place to live, which makes it more expensive because lots of people want in. I guess we could blame our electeds for that, but outside of throwing our schools (and my kids) under the bus, letting the crime rate explode and not picking up the trash, Somerville doesn’t have any real power to lower overall housing prices.

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