Each of our 23 distinct neighborhoods are close-knit communities, comprised of long-term families and newcomers. Offering housing opportunities for people of all economic levels is imperative to promoting strong, healthy, and resilient neighborhoods. City Hall must prioritize housing that working- and middle-class individuals and families can afford–not just luxury condos.
Create a people-centered planning department. We will focus on smart urban planning and the creation of neighborhood-specific housing strategies. We currently build project by project with no concept of neighborhood integrity or vision for the city as a whole. We will prioritize building affordable units for families and work across departments to plan low- and middle-income family units near under-enrolled schools to improve family engagement and, in turn, school quality. Our planning will prioritize vibrant community spaces that bring our diverse residents together for our City’s common good.
Create a Flexible Housing Voucher Subsidy Program based on Washington DC’s successful Local Rent Supplement Program. This program can be used to deepen affordability in new developments and prevent residents who are low income from being displaced from their communities. This program will also provide permanent housing for community members experiencing homelessness and ensure formerly homeless residents who have attained housing with temporary rapid rehousing assistance achieve long-term housing security.
Increase the affordable housing percentage in new builds from 13% to 25%. This increase will give more of our residents access to housing they can afford. All new developments on City-owned land will be designated for ⅓ low-income, ⅓ moderate-income, and ⅓ market-rate units.
Introduce a Co-op Housing plan. This option will empower renters to organize and form co-ops in buildings that would otherwise be flipped into high-priced condos. This is a common-sense path to increased home ownership.
Support “One Host, One Home” legislation. This legislation will prohibit short-term rentals except in the case of homeowner-occupied units.
Work with Community Members Experiencing Homelessness to Meet Their Immediate and Long-Term Needs. Housing is a human right! We will use Housing First strategies to ensure that community members’ period of homelessness is brief. We will develop and implement: 1. a needs assessment of community members experiencing homelessness and subsequent implementation plan, 2. updated shelter policies that meet guests needs, and ensure safety, 3. a shelter grievance process that is transparent, and unbiased, 4. a plan to meaningfully engage community members experiencing homelessness in conversation around their and others’ concerns related to their neighborhood of the South End and Newmarket Square Area.
Bring a modular housing factory to Boston. Neighborhood-specific modular homes offer an environmentally friendly and low-cost alternative to conventional building materials, and will increase the number of units available to disabled and elderly residents. A modular housing factory would also offer year-round construction opportunities.
Restore the former strength of Neighborhood Councils. Neighborhood Councils, coupled will a people-centered planning department, will facilitate residents’ ability to directly advocate for real change in their communities.
Develop and implement Neighborhood Stabilization Plans. Through transparent, community-engaged planning processes, we will create goals for affordable housing and actionable plans for community jobs. These efforts will be subject to real community oversight.