Thank you @NLIHC for informing & mobilizing people to protect essential and targeted housing investments in the #BuildBackBetter act. Thread below on why this matters in #NewtonMa /1
For every $5B of that $90B in expanded federal rental assistance, 112K people will receive voucher assistance nationally, including 44K children, 22K people with disabilities, and 12K seniors. Per @CenterOnBudget white paper below #BuildBackBetter /2…
Also, wonderfully woven into the #BuildBackBetter act is a clause that doubles production of affordable housing nationally via reform to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. @RachelFee4NY /3…
In #NewtonMa, more than 250 families recently received $2.8M in direct financial assistance from our Emergency Housing Relief Program. This highlights a real, persistent need for resources to mitigate housing insecurity. @NewtonMaMayor /4…
In fact, more than 1 in 10 #NewtonMa residents are severely cost burdened when it comes to housing, spending more than 50% of their income on housing expenses @mhpdata #BuildBackBetter /5…
Across all of Massachusetts, the housing shortage is significant, with only 49 available and affordable rental homes for every 100 extremely low income
households (at or below 30% of the area median income). @NLIHC #BuildBackBetter /6…
How can you help? Tell your congressional rep & your neighbors that you believe #HousingIsAHumanRight and that you support these #BuildBackBetter investments. The ball is with congress to negotiate which provisions remain in the bill. Thank you. /7
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7 Sep 20
I am excited & thankful to share I've joined the Steering Team at @Engine_6, a volunteer association of Newton residents who advocate for fair, affordable, & abundant housing. Visit the Engine6 site to learn more about the work this org is engaged in:
This article provides a brief, spot-on summary of our call to action. I am working with @Engine_6 because I want to chip away at the displacement, supply shortages, & discrimination created by exclusionary zoning. /2…
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Check out proposed #ZoningRedesign changes in #NewtonMa for residential districts: single fam homes could convert to 2-fam “by-right” instead of requiring special permits. 👍🏻 step forward for #YIMBY movement seeking more affordable, abundant housing.…
If you support efforts to bring “missing middle” housing to #NewtonMa, take this survey to let Councilors know. Warning: the survey & accompanying letter are biased (pro single fam). Select the first box in the form and leave a comment w your thoughts. 🗳…
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“Existing single family homes could be converted to up to six units “by-right", which means without a vote from the City Council”
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